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September 11TH 2007
TUESDAY




Jitterbug contenders, Los Angeles, 1939

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.



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
September 11 - A Dancer's Wish for Peace
A Visit with Mr & Mrs Pops
Polka Dots & Stripes Nite a Hit

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Dance Book

CONTEST OF THE WEEK
Test your knowledge and win a pass to the Rhythm Club

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Master Track postponed -- still need more leaders
Featured Class - Dean Collins Shim Sham, Continued
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

WORKSHOPS
Tap Workshop - September 30th
Mark your calendar

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Rusty Performing in Vaudeville at Alex Theatre
Frank Manning Workshop in Santa Barbara

COMMUNIQUE
Pops Benefit Dance - September 16 - Order your ticket now

SCRAPBOOKS
Pops Visit & Polka Dots & Stripes Nite pics up
Follow the fun

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
Join the fun and do a good deed

LINK OF THE WEEK
Worldtone Dance Shoes -- Now in LA!


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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SEPTEMBER 11TH
A DANCER'S WISH FOR PEACE

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.

See ya there!



TAKE A LOOK AT THE POPS VISIT SCRAPBOOK


POLKA DOTS & STRIPES NITE A HIT

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?

BIRTHDAY CAKE RECORD

We also had a birthday cake record.

Thanks to all for making it such a fun night!

TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES HERE

See you on the dance floor!



THE DANCE BOOK

This came my way from several people, and it's a lovely clip for the day. Take a moment and remind yourself why you dance.



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:*


QUESTION:

In 1935, Frankie Manning created and executed the first aerial in Lindy Hop with his partner Freda Washington.

What was the name of this first aerial (aka air step)?

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

NOTE: Google is your friend! All the answers are only a Google search away. Have fun and learn about our swing history at the same time.




LAST CONTEST

QUESTION:

Name all three Andrews Sisters!

ANSWER:

Maxine, Patty, LaVerne

WINNER:

Ji Han

*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.



REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER CLASSES BEGIN:

Sunday, September 30nd
Tuesday, October 2nd

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.


VIEW CLASS SCHEDULE
HERE



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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

09/12 -- Live Music
Neil Morrow

09/19 -- Live Music
Rhythm Club All-Stars

09/19 -- Big Band Nite
The Fabulous Esquires

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Benji Sterling
Dolores Deck
Mike Ghekiere
Paul Stuessy


If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!




REGISTER ONLINE FOR OUR UPCOMING WORKSHOP AND SAVE $:
OR
Mail:   Click HERE, to print out mail-in form, or
Phone:  (310) 606-5606



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

September 30
BEGINNERS TAP DANCE WORKSHOP
THE ORIGINAL SHIM SHAM
click HERE for registration
October 14 - TBA
November 18 - TBA


VAUDEVILLE!
THE ALEX THEATRE SEPTEMBER 15TH

YOU KNOW WHO WILL BE TAPPING!

"RUSTY & GRIFF
THE SYNCOPATED SWELLS"

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.

Click HERE to find out about tickets.


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







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*The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) has two goals:
Fun & Philanthropy.

Anyone can join! See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.

"Making a difference through swing dancing"

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.


All Scrapbooks! Click HERE



Polka Dots & Stripes Nite - Click HERE


A visit with Pops - Click HERE







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.




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

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp