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May 29TH 2007
TUESDAY





Artie Shaw shakes a leg with Fred Astaire
(see Clip of the Week)




"Dance music: As I keep saying, you can dance to a windshield wiper -- a windshield wiper that's fairly steady gives you a beat and all you need is an out-of-tune playing 'Melancholy Baby' and you've got dance music."

Artie Shaw

*Artie, you sound a bit cynical



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HAVE YOU NOTICED? I'M NOT HERE...
I'M THERE ... IN PRAGUE!

You may have noticed by now that I am out of town... really out of town. I'm over in Prague teaching Tap and Lindy. I know, I know, it's tough, but someone's got to do it!

You can read all about it here (how's your Czech?):



Yes, I do have to admit one of the most outstanding aspects of what I do is travelling overseas to teach our great American dances. I've been so many places, met so many great people. One thing I have learned is that dancers the world over are all the same -- spirited, enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming, and they LOVE to dance!

You know me, I'll come back with loads of pics and stories.

Meanwhile, keep the home fires burning.

See you next week!


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


~ CLIP OF THE WEEK

~ CONTEST OF THE WEEK

~ LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS

~ RHYTHM CLUB MONTHLY SCHEDULE

~ LINK OF THE WEEK


(So don't stop scrolling...)



ARTIE SHAW

This number is probably best remembered as one of the standout performances from the classic RA Victor "Artie Shaw at the Blue Room/Cafe Rouge" aircheck set, capturing the 1938-39 Shaw band at its apex. The short "Second Chorus" performance featured here gives us a sense of what the chart sounded like when played by Artie's post-"Frenesi" group. (The little dialogue coda is a reminder that in the film, Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith were in "The Perennials" - a college band whose students never graduated!)



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:*


One of the most famous swing clarinetist and bandleaders of all time was Artie Shaw.

What was his real name?

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

NOTE: Google is your friend!




LAST WEEK'S CONTEST

One of the most famous tap dancers of all time was Fred Astaire

What was his real name?

LAST WEEK'S ANSWER:

Frederick Austerlitz

*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.



JUNE CLASSES!

Sunday series begins May 27
Tuesday series begins May 29

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE

VIEW CLASS SCHEDULE
HERE



RENDEZVOUS REVIEW CONTINUES IN JUNE!

FEATURED CLASS - BALBOA

Sign up for the entire series or feel free to "drop in" ($15/class) to this great class. Each week we're gonna work on new Balboa material. In other words, the class in not progressive.

Must know Balboa basics.




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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

05/30 --Live Music
Neil Morrow

06/06 -- DJ NITE WITH THE PROFESSOR
7:30-8:00pm Beginner Swing Dance Lesson

06/13 --Live Music
Jumpin' Joz

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Andy Lee
Lisa Garner
Mayumi Honda
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)
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18



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.


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ARTIE SHAW - FREE OLDTIME RADIO SHOWS! -- Do you sit at your desk all day slaving away? Do you crave oldtime radio to have playing while you type away, stare at your computer screen? Well, here it is! FREE oldtime radio programs. The one I have picked out for you is Artie Shaw from 1938. Happy listening!




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* 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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