It's that time again -- Big Band Nite at the Rhythm Club. Once a month we feature the best of local big bands. And, believe me, there's just nothing like dancing to the sounds of a great big band.
Come along tomorrow nite and join me, won't you, for a great nite of dancing to Geo Valle's Swing City Big Band.
It'll be swell!
SET YOUR RECORDING DEVICES
LIVING LIVE - THURSDAY
Left: Rusty & Ron with Jean Veloz & Living Live hosts
Right: Host Meshach Taylor dips Rusty at rehearsal
Left: Ron dancing with guest star Jean Veloz at rehearsal
Right: Rusty with special guest star - jazz legend Buddy Collette
Remember the film crew that was at the Rhythm Club Anniversary Party? They were from a new TV show called "Living Live". Well, this was for a "package" on their special swing dance segment focused on swing dance goddess, Jean Veloz. Ron and I had a blast Monday morning on the set of Living Live recording the studio stuff with the hosts and Jean.
A might early for us late-nite owls, we all arrived a little blurry eyed, but rarin' to go. First we had rehearsal with the show's hosts, Meshach Taylor and Susan Blakely (Florence Henderson was off shooting something else -- poor Ron). They were really game, and did all of our goofy stuff (you'll see).
The whole film crew was just eating it up -- cheering and applauding throughout.
Filming went great and we all had a blast.
A real highlight for us was meeting a fantastic historical jazz figure -- Buddy Collette. He was waiting back stage with us and just introduced himself as "Buddy." Super nice man. Then someone came in the room and said, "Mr. Collette..." I put it together, Buddy Collette!!! Of course, the next ten minutes was spent gushing over him, taking photos, etc.
This channel seems to be a bit hard to get... but here's their website.
The show is going to be aired this Thursday, 9am. We suggest that you go to their website to find out where the channel is in your area (Direct TV).
In about two weeks, we'll be getting a dvd of the show.
GIO AND MAE WIN TWO 1ST PLACES AND ONE 3RD PLACE
1st PLACE - STRICTLY LINDY - THE CONNEXXION
1ST PLACE - JACK & JILL (EACH!) - THE CONNEXXION
3RD PLACE - 1ST ANNUAL VIEJAS CASINO SWING DANCE COMPETITION
Let's all join in yelling "CONGRATULATIONS!" to Mae and Gio. They had a fantastic weekend sweeping the Lindy competitions.
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
June 10 - Cancelled (sorry)
RHYTHM CLUB REGULAR HAS PHOTOS OF RHYTHM CLUB REGULARS IN PHOTO SHOW
This in from Erik Struve:
My work is being shown in the Santa Monica College Student Photo Show, and it features two of our very own swing dancers: Sharlene Choy and Katie Anderson.
Yes, this is the first time any of my work has been put on public display. The two pieces that I have on display are entitled “Shar-legs” and “Blondie”.
Parking is available on SMC’s main campus. The parking structure is located on Pico Blvd. at 17th Street. Parking is free. There are two galleries displaying the students’ work. I believe my work is split between the two galleries. The first gallery is in Drescher Hall on SMC’s campus. The second gallery is located at La Foto (located in the SE corner of Pico and Lincoln). Unfortunately, there is no parking at La Foto. There is a free shuttle between SMC and La Foto.
The show will be running from May 7, 2207 through June 2, 2007. You will need to call for hours. Drescher Hall’s number is 310-434-4289. La Foto’s number is 310-664-1563.
THEPUPPINISISTERS.COM -- Okay, this is just one of the most fun sites I've seen in ages! This "Andrews Sisters of the New Millenium" are definitely hep to the jive. Happy viewing! Happy listening, and well, just enjoy.
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!):