My dream come true will take place on September 15th, when I get to transport back in time and perform in a real Vaudeville Show in a real Vaudeville theater! I'll be performing with my good friend and tap partner, who many of you have seen tapping over the years with me at the Rhythm Club.
ARE YOU READY FOR POLKA DOTS & STIPES NITE?
TOMORROW AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
Here's a gagle of girls who already have their outfits ready for Polka Dots and Stripes Nite at the Rhythm Club.
If you've got a whole ensemble, or just a striped tie, or polka dot socks, come along and join the fun tomorrow nite at the club. We've got the entire Wartime Radio Revue Orchestra on hand to supply the music -- while you supply the fun.
FREE PASS FOR THE CRAZIEST OUTFIT
Yes, that's right, we have a free pass a Rhythm Club night for the one who really goes for it.
See you on the dance floor!
BOOGIE WOOGIE BOY -- V-DISK RECORDING
Wow! The things you find on YouTube! I was just looking for the old movie clip from Buck Privates of the Andrews Sisters singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, but found this rare delight -- the Andrews Sisters recording their V-Disk for the song.
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:*
If you had to miss the first day of class last Sunday because of the Holiday weekend, no need to miss our September series. Come along this Sunday, and we promise to start from scratch again!
You can register HERE (your series card is good for one year, so you can make up the missed class)
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER MASTER TRACK POSTPONED
THREE (3) LEADER SPOTS STILL OPEN
We have had to postpone the start date of the Master Track, as we are still looking for three leaders. Know anyone?
If you are interested EMAIL us. Master Track info click HERE.
DEAN COLLINS SHIM SHAM, CONTINUES
COME ALONG AND JOIN THE FUN
We're having so much fun with the Dean Collins Shim Sham, we're gonna continue it for September's Featured Class spot. If you missed August's series, don't worry, we'll be learning new material for this series. (And, we're sure that you can find some fellow students who will help you catch up on what you missed -- they love the practice.)
This is a non-partnered swing dance that has a long history dating all the way back to 1927, when the original Shim Sham was created by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. Since that time, both tap and swing dancers have loved making up variations of the dances. One of the most interesting versions we have ever seen is Dean Collins' creation.
The Dean Collins Shim Sham contains loads of movement and syncopations just right for your Lindy Hop. In a sentence, learning this dance will make your Lindy Hop look and feel much better!
BY THE WAY... MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE "TAP SHIM SHAM WORKSHOP" ON SEPTEMBER 30TH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH
BEGINNER'S SWING DANCE CLASS
It's the first Wednesday of the month at The Rhythm Club, and that means the beginner's dance class at 7:30.
It's a theme night I've been wanting to host for ages, as it seems every Lindy Hopper guy in the world has a striped shirt, and every girl has some blouse, dress, or skirt with polka dots.
I finally found the perfect night -- our Wartime Radio Revue Big Band nite at the Rhythm Club, Wednesday, September 5th.
Start searching through your wardrobe!
OUR RHYTHM CLUB REGULAR - FAYE NEEDS A LIFT
Not on the dance floor, but TO the dance floor. If you pass by Hermosa Beach on your way to the Rhythm Club, could you give Faye a ride? If you can, let me know... I'm building a little list for her.
EMAIL me with your name and phone number, and I'll pass it on to her.
Don't let her know that I did this. We want to surprise her!
COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:
09/05 -- Big Band Nite & "Polka Dots & Stripes Nite"
7:30 Beginners Class with Rusty & Gio
8:00 Dance Dance Dance Pete Jacobs Wartime Radio Revue
Maureen (Mo) Miller
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-1:00pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
2007 WORKSHOP DATES
BEGINNERS TAP DANCE WORKSHOP - THE ORIGINAL SHIM SHAM
October 14 - TBA
November 18 - TBA
MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS AT MacARTHUR PARK THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
This in from Dean Mora:
You mean THAT MacArthur Park? Yes, indeed we are. For many years, the park became a haven for gangs and drug dealers, but in recent years the situation has improved dramatically, thanks in part to the efforts of neighborhood business leaders and the City of L.A. This month, the 50+ year-old park bandshell, now called the Levitt Pavilion, was re-opened after a $2 million renovation, and now feature a summer concert series that is presenting shows 5 nights a week! We'll be there to present our 15-pc band with 1930s & 1940s dance tunes. So come on down and support this great new venue! (Who knows, you might be able to even go across the street and poke your head in the 1925 Park Plaza Hotel -- another "lost" architectural treasure). The concert starts at 7:30 PM, and ends around 8:45 PM, and best of all, IT'S FREE FOR ALL AGES! Go to the Levitt Pavillion website for more details.
BAL JAM - L.A. 2007!
SEPTEMBER 7-9, IN LOS ANGELES
Bal Jam isn't just a "Balboa exchange." It's a celebration. A weekend full of great swing DJs and live bands where some of the greatest Balboa dancers will meet to dance socially and teach private lessons. A place where dancers from across America and the world will converge to exchange greetings, ideas, and get sand in their underwear.
Because Bal Jam is going back to the birth place of Balboa and Bal Swing--Southern California!
Here's what we got in store for this year:
World-class instructors available for private lessons: Sylvia Sykes, Nick and Denise, David Rehm, Randy and Kara, Marty and Valerie, Marty and Jen, Bobby and Kate, Tise Chao, Peter and Mia, Chris and Holly, and more. ... Yep, that's right: 2 Martys for the price of one.
Visit our contact page, if you're interested in scheduling a lesson with one of these instructors.
Two of the greatest live swing bands in the world! The Jonathan Stout Orchestra and Mora's Modern Rhythmists will perform, as well as some of the country's best Balboa DJs, including renowned old-timer Marge Takier. Dances every day and night!
Incredible California locations, including a dance on the famous "Venice Beach," where one of the few surviving film footage of the original California swing dancers was supposedly filmed, and an afternoon dance at the legendary Bobby McGee's!
And, of course, our usual fare of field trips, contests, and more.
We've done a great job in our Pops Emergency Fundraising Campaign. It looks like we've raised enough money for 2-3 months. I'll stay in touch with Pops and let everyone know how he and Mrs Pops (Lois) are doing financially and otherwise.
Meanwhile, keep spreading the news about the fundraising by sending people to this active link: POPS
Thank you for all your help, support, and good wishes to Pops and Mrs. Pops.
OFFICIAL ANDREWS SISTERS WEBSITE --
The Andrews Sisters were one of the greatest singing groups of the Swing Era. What swing dancer doesn't know "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" intro, and jump onto the dance floor with a great big smile on their face?
Enjoy learning about this most talented sister act, browse a wonderful photo library, and even listen to some audio files.
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!):