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January 30TH 2007
TUESDAY





FRANKIE MANNING AND WHITEY'S LINDY HOPPERS circa 1930s

This amazing picture comes to us through collector Al Durant.



Dance till the stars come down from the rafters. Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.

~W.H. Auden


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THE BRITISH ARE COMING! THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

THE JIVE ACES AND THEIR SWING BRAND OF MAYHEM
AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB FEB. 7TH!

Yes, those crazy Jives are coming back for their once-a-year visit to Rusty's Rhythm Club -- DON'T MISS IT!!! For those of you who have already seen these six wacky Brits, you know what you're in store for. For those of you who haven't, you are in for a real treat! Acknowledged as the most entertaining swing group on the planet earth, these fellows bring back the era of the 1940's and 1950's when bands not only played solid-sending music, but entertained the masses with their high energy performances. And this is always our most popular nite of the year... so, honestly, DON'T MISS IT!

To make it extra special, we'll have Maxwell DeMille, our impresario extraordinaire, on hand to M.C. the evening's delights! (Make sure to check out his April 1st event -- click HERE -- his annual 39th Birthday Party at Cicada Club -- more to follow on that.)


VALENTINES AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

THE FABULOUS ESQUIRES

DRESS-UP NITE, RED AND WHITE

Join us for our annual Valentine's Party at the Rhythm Club, this year ON Valentine's Day, February 14th! All your swing dancing valentines will be there. And we've got the special treat of having The Fabulous Esquires Big Band on hand supplying the music.

We've marked it as a "Dress Up" nite -- and our theme colors -- red and white. And, yes, there will be cake and decorations! (Thanks to Captain Fun)

See you there!





"The Shorty George"
Featuring Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth



THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!

The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*


This week's Clip of the Week shows Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth singing and dancing to the song "The Shorty George."

This is a THREE-PART quiz:

1. About which famous Lindy Hopper was this song referring? (First and last name, please).

2. Which famous Boogie Step is named after this dancer?

3. What dance did this dancer name?

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.com.


LAST WEEK'S WINNER

STEVEN SMITH

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:

Name the original five members of the Hot Club of France.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWER:

Django Reinhardt - guitar
Joseph Reinhardt - guitar
Roger Chaput - guitar
Louis Vola - bass
Stephane Grappelli - violin

*Contestants may play as many times as they wish, but may only win the prize once a year. Contestants must use their Rhythm Club pass for the week they won the contest.




FEBRUARY CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.



FEBRUARY FEATURED CLASS
1920'S PARTNERED CHARLESTON

Lindy Hop had two major influences in it's early days, and one of the biggest is our February Featured Class -- Charleston. Yep, that dance craze from the 1920's. Swing dancers have always enjoyed putting a bit of this in their dancing, and in the past few years, like Balboa and Collegiate Shag, 1920's Partnered Charleston has had a big resurgence.

This class open to ALL LEVELS!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2007 (filled)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MARCH-APRIL MASTER TRACK:
Email Us

To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

01/31 -- Live Music
Pete Jacobs Quintet

02/07 -- Special Nite -- All the way from the UK!!
The Jive Aces
(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

02/14 -- Valentine's Party!
The Fabulous Esquires
Dress Up! Red & White

02/21 -- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Nite
Benny Brydern Quartet

02/028 -- Live Music
Jumpin' Joz

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Liz Mackelvey
Lovelynn Jensen (Florida!)
Michael D'Angelo


If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!





HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)

2007 WORKSHOP DATES

February 11
March 18
May 20
June 10
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

NEXT SSRC EVENT:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2007 -- 2:00-3:00PM

Earlwood Care Center
20820 Earl St.
Torrance,CA 90502

Some of the residents are not too responsive but there is always a chance of reaching someone through the passion of dance.

Contact Jes if you are available jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com

"Making a difference through swing dancing"




Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

*The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) has two goals:
Fun & Philanthropy.

Anyone can join! See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.


KIRA FLIPS OVER SWING DANCING!

LEVEL 1 - JANUARY 2007 - CLASS PICS UP!

Click HERE to see your Lindy By The Sea class




All Scrapbooks! Click HERE








WHITEY'S LINDY HOPPERS -- ARCHIVES OF EARLY LINDY HOP -- This site is one of perennial favorites, as it is a treasure trove of swing dance historical information AND a shop at which to purchase swing related goodies -- including archival dance clips! Judy Pritchett runs the site, and she's definitely a dancer's friend!




Swing Shift
www.rustyfrank.com

* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast). Basically, we swing like a gate!


JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp