On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
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!
RUSTY & GANG PRESENT
LINDY HOP & TAP TO SCHOOL KIDS
FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER
For years I have been dreaming about how to bring Lindy Hop and Tap Dance into the public schools... how to let kids know that dancing does make a difference... that dance can help make the world a better place.
Two weeks ago, I was asked to come to Lynwood Middle School with such a program for Black History Month. About 50 hours later (!!), I had my program worked out and then...
Last week, Mo Jones, Jeremy Norman, Ryan Jackson, and I did four assemblies for a total of 2,000 11-14 year old kids. The theme was to show how entertainers significantly helped break down the color line, just as did people like Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks.
We showed clips of the Nicholas Brothers, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Shirley Temple & Bill Robinson (the first integrated dance duo in films - 1935!), and the Benny Goodman Quartet (first major integrated band -- 1935!).
We pointed out that entertainers started integrating 37 years before baseball, and 58 years before laws like the Fair Housing Act.
In addition to showing the clips and giving historic information, we also performed Tap, Shim Sham, and Lindy Hop.
AND... we got four kids up front each assembly and put them in 1940's clothes and showed them a dance routine.
The kids just LOVED the clips and our dancing. And they learned in the process -- that dancing can make a difference in this world.
PERHAPS YOU KNOW A SCHOOL THAT WOULD LIKE THIS PROGRAM?
Ryan Jackson, Jeremy Norman, Rusty Frank, & Mo Jones with a VERY HAPPY Vice Principal of Lynnwood Middle School (second from right)
If you know of any school that may be interested in this program, have them contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 310 606 5606. The program was designed especially for Black History Month but could be used throughout the year.
You can send them to my website where I now have a page under "News & Events" called "Black History Month Program" -- click HERE to see it.
I have a pretty wonderful sampling of the program up, too, on that page. Here 'tis if you have an extra 4-minutes:
"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER"
Featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Krupa
The movie is "Ball Of Fire"
(Yes, that's Gary Cooper in the background)
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 Barbara Stanwyck singing "Drum Boogie."
This is a THREE-PART quiz:
1.Who dubbed the singing?
2.What song did this singer make famous?
3.With what famous band did this girl sing the longest?
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MAY-JUNE 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 email@example.com.
SAVOY BALLROOM -- This site is filled to the brim with wonderful information about "The Home of Happy Feet" -- the place where it all started, as far as we're concerned -- Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. Live those fabulous days with history and memories from those who lived it! This site is put together by good friend Terry Monaghan
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!):