Jitterbug dancers on the City Hall portico came to invite Mayor Fletcher Bowron to attend the International Jitterbug Championships and show at the Coliseum. Youthful swingers from 22 states and six foreign countries were to dance in the championships, which climaxed a three-day jitterbug convention at the Palomar.
The heart of the dance
Is the heart of the dancer.
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A NOTE FROM RUSTY
September 11 - A Dancer's Wish for Peace
A Visit with Mr & Mrs Pops
Polka Dots & Stripes Nite a Hit
September 11th.   It's the day.   The day that we will never forget. The day that changed the way we look at the world. But one thing will never change, and that is what I know -- our wish for world peace and harmony.
I specifically chose this Picture of the Week because it represents one of the aspects of swing dancing that I love the most -- people of all backgrounds dancing together. The picture just above, from last week's dance, is a modern record of this.
Each week at the Rhythm Club, I witness people of all ages, religions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds dancing together -- with HUGE smiles on their faces. There's no hatred on the dance floor. People get along -- right at the same time and to music!
So, I suppose, if we could just teach everyone to Lindy Hop...
My best wishes to you today.
A VISIT WITH POPS
So many of you have been asking me about Pops' condition, I am finally able to report first hand. I was able to fly up to the Bay Area over the weekend and spend an afternoon with him and Mrs. Pops (Lois) along with my tap dancing friend, Debbie Sternbach, and her pooch, Travis.
Pops & Lois drove to Berkeley from their home in Novato for a visit and lunch. They were in great, bubbly spirits. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see them!
I have posted this quick little video that I shot of Pops:
But, aside from the exuberant exterior, yes, they are definitely both on physically hard times. This is apparent -- and your financial help has taken an enormous burden off the mental stress of medical bills and cost of living expenses. I know this is making the medical side easier to face, knowing there is the support of the community behind them (they are still stunned by it).
One other great thing for Pops is knowing in his lifetime how much he is loved and appreciated by us all. "I knew people liked me, but WOW!"
They are still in the "Disability" pipeline and haven't heard anything yet. So I'll let you know when I know anything. I'll also let you know when we need to ramp up the fundraising again.
For now, let's all go to the Pops Dance THIS Sunday!!! Dont' forget to buy your ticket in advance (otherwise $25 cash at the door). Click HERE for ticket info.
We had over 125 dancers decked out at the Rhythm Club last Wednesday for our first Polka Dots & Stripes Nites. There were big polka dots, small polka dots, huge stripes, small stripes, striped ties, polka dot skirts, striped and polka dotted socks -- you name it, you got it. This is a definite repeater!
Huge thanks to Pete Jacobs and his fantastic Wartime Radio Revue Orchestra (look in the background of the picture above and you'll spot 'em). They were swingin' the roof off!
HILJA AND TONY WIN THE "CRAZY CONTEST"
Hilja and Tony just couldn't be beat with their cacophany of polka dots & stripes. Would you argue?
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.
FRANKIE MANNING WORKSHOP THIS WEEKEND IN SANTA BARBARA
Our good friends, and swing legends Jonathan & Sylvia are hosting the Frankie Manning Workshop Weekend THIS weekend. If you are of a mind, organize a carpool and motor on up for the opportunity of a lifetime -- to the meet the man who helped start it all -- Frankie Manning. (Yours truly will also be teaching her tap class for lindy hoppers). Check it all out HERE
COMMUNITY LA FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY!
CLICK ON IMAGE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $25 (CASH ONLY)
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.
WORLDTONE DANCE SHOES --
For years, we've been waiting for a store to open in our backyard that sells a variety of dance shoes -- and we finally have it! Worldtone. I've been there twice already, and, not only are the people friendly and helpful there, but they have a tremendous array of dance shoes. They carry Aris Allens & Remix, not to mention all sorts of ballroom shoes that work great for swing dance. It's on Westwood Boulevard between Olympic and Santa Monica. Make sure to tell them "Rusty sent me!" Let's let them know the swing dancers are coming in there, too.
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!):