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February 13TH 2007
TUESDAY







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


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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: info@rustyfrank.com 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:

SAMPLE REEL

"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER"






"Drum Boogie"
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?

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


LAST WEEK'S WINNER

Michael Crosby

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ:

What song is "Shorty George" name after? What boogie step did he make famous, and what dance did he name?

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS:

"Shorty George Snowden"
The Shorty George
Lindy Hop

If you would like to learn more about Shorty George, click HERE

*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.




MARCH CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.




MARCH-APRIL 2007 (filled)

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 info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:



THIS WEEK

Valentine's Party!

The Fabulous Esquires


Dress Up! Red & White

02/21 --Live Music
Benny Brydern Quartet
Hot Club -- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Nite

02/28 -- Live Music
Jumpin' Joz

Rusty's Birthday ....
YES! It's Cowboy Nite -- Dress Western!

03/07 -- DJ Nite With The Professor
(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Adoley Odunton
Andrew Winton (London)
Christy Wilhelmi
Damien Kam
Gretchen Beck

AND

Robert "The Professor" Vangor





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

March 18 -Balboa
May 20 - Aerials
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.


LEVEL 1 - FEBRUARY 2007 - CLASS PICS UP!

Click HERE to see your Lindy By The Sea class




ULTRA LUX SALON CLASS -- PICS UP!

Click HERE to see the pics

By the way, if you are looking for a great vintage hairdo -- this is THE place!! Check out their Myspace page HERE


All Scrapbooks! Click HERE







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




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

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http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp