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September 18TH 2007
TUESDAY




Louise Brooks & Ted Shawn
In The Feather of the Dawn, 1923


Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.

Ted Shawn


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Pops Benefit Dance brings in over $7,000!
USC Swing Club Record Turnout
Frankie Manning weekend wonderful

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Al Minns & Leon James' Shim Sham

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
3rd Street Swingers 9th Year Anniversary Dance

COMMUNIQUE
Pops Benefit Letter from Teresa

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow the fun

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
Archives of Early Lindy Hop!


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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POPS' BENEFIT DANCE BRINGS IN OVER $7,000!

I know that everyone who attended Pops' Benefit Dance last Sunday is still flying high from this terrific event. The music was great (Stompy Jones), the atmosphere was simply sensational. There's just something quite special when people gather as a community to help someone in need -- and that's what it was all about.

Thanks to everyone who helped by volunteering and donating.

One of the evening's highlights for me was when we called Pops from my cell phone. I put him on speaker phone and everyone shouted "We Love You Pops." Honestly, it was like a powerful wave of love! I ran out to the parking lot to tell him about the event, and he was crying from the emotion of it all.

You all are just great.

You'll definitely want to read Teresa London's letter to the community, so click HERE
.


Celebrating After Event Success - Debbie, Rusty, Monika, Robert, Teresa, & Kia

RECORD TURNOUT

For those of you who know me, you know I am a natural-born worrier. And one of my constant worriers is that one day no one will show up to a new Lindy Hop series. But month after month, year after year, you all keep walking through the door with big smiles on your faces!

Last week, I had a nightmare that only five students showed up to the new USC series. So you can imagine my delight when Gio and I walked in the USC dance room and there were 96 students waiting there for us!!!

Fight on!

I understand some of them will be coming to the Rhythm Club this Wednesday -- let's make sure to welcome them.


FRANKIE MANNING WEEKEND WONDERFUL

In 1996, I had one of my very first Lindy Hop lessons, and that took place in Santa Barbara at Jonathan and Sylvia's digs. I'll never forget it -- I felt like such a klutz! (Sound familiar?).

What a thrill it was to be invited to teach in their Frankie Manning Weekend Workshop last Sunday! I had a room full of eager Lindy Hoppers learning a basic tap routine.

After the workshop, I got to have dinner with Jonathan and Sylvia, Judy Pritchett (SwingDanceShop.com), and the "MAN" himself, Frankie Manning. I've known him since 1996, but it's always a fantastic experience to hang with him.


Thanks, Jonathan & Sylvia, for keeping it all going since 1979!

See you on the dance floor!



AL MINNS & LEON JAMES' SHIM SHAM



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:

Al Minns & Leon James (our clip of the week) were part of what famous Lindy Hop group?

(Hint: look at our Link of the Week)

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:

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)?

ANSWER:

Over The Back

WINNER:

Janet Meadows


Willa Mae Ricker & Leon James
Demonstrating Over The Back
August 23, 1943

*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:

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

09/19 -- Big Band Nite
The Fabulous Esquires

10/03 -- Live Music
Neil Morrow

7:30-8:00pm Swing Dance Lesson with Rusty & Gio

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Benji Sterling


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


3RD STREET SWINGERS
9TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY DANCE SUNDAY

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007, 4:00-8:00PM

WHERE? Outdoors at the Third St. Promenade
1200th Block - between Wilshire & Arizona Blvd.
Look for a group of dancers


This in from Joshua Castleman
(that wonderful leader who always wears the cap)

Greetings Lindyhoppers & Jitterbugs,

WeÕre celebrating our 9TH ANNIVERSARY on the Third Street Promenade, SUNDAY, SEPT 30TH!!! Time flies when weÕre havin' such a good time & great fun--swing dancin' outdoors!

We, the management staff, are VERY THANKFUL & APPRECIATIVE of all of your continued support & participation this past year, & all the years previous, because it allows us to continue to exist & flourish today, & into the forseeable future!! GIVE YOURSELVES A HAND OF APPLAUSE!!!

ALUMNI DANCERS & DANCERS OF YORE, 3SS cordially invite & highly encourage you to come join us on the Promenade, & experience the fun & the memories of the days of the good ol'times!!

~EVENT DETAILS~
* Several guest DJÕs
* Madison/Shim Sham line dances
* BÕday dances
* Taking song requests (bring your CD)
* Prizes/Certificate give-aways
* Baked goods, desserts, & misc. foods
* Assorted beverages
* Portable Table will be provided for all the goodies

So, Dancers of Swing, if youÕve not been to the Promenade lately, then triple-step yourself on over and join the fun!

4GetMeNot...It's 2Good2BForgotten...Share It With Another or 2!!

Bhep2daJive & Make Swing Come Alive, 3RD ST. SWINGERS

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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"

THANK YOU LETTER FROM TERESA LONDON
THE POPS' BENEFIT DANCE

Hello Everyone,

I would like to thank all of you for supporting the Pops Benefit. Without you, it would not have been such a great success! We raised a total of $7,310.36 for Pops!!!!!

I spoke to Pops today to tell him how much we raised, and he was very pleased. He said to say "thank you" to all of you who had supported the event and made donations for him. He had sent me an e-mail after I first contacted him about the event that said "I don't know why I live in San Francisco when all of my peeps live in LA." So, thanks to all the "Peeps!"

Hats off to Stompy Jones for entertaining us all evening with their wonderful music. For those of you that don't know, they gave up a Sunday to help make this event a special one.

A special thanks to Monika and the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club for allowing us to hold the event at their beautiful location for free. Monika has worked hard on this event from sending out press releases to helping us prepare the rooms. She also helped promote the event through The Satin Ballroom e-mail list.

Rusty Frank couldn't have been more helpful or supportive of this event. She coordinated advanced ticket sales through her website (on her "Pops Pages, and she announced the event every chance she had at classes and the Wednesday night venue "Rusty's Rhythm Club."

I would also like to thank Kia for helping us attain the venue location, promoting the event through LindyGroove, Third Street Swingers, and PBDA, plus he also helped with the set up and cleaning of the building.

Additional thanks go to:

Maxwell DeMille for being our MC.

Robert "The Professor" Vangor as the DJ. He took extra special care in setting up his speakers so that it would sound awesome, and it did!

Dave and Kim and Steve and Heidi as dance instructors.

Doug Silton, Dave and Kim, and Rusty for door prizes.

Ken Horowitz for raising $375 on the 50/50 raffle. AND thank you to the woman that won that raffle and gave her entire half back to Pops! I'm sorry I don't have the woman's name, but she's great! Or as Maxwell would say "Isn't she swell!?"

Hollywood Hornet Taxi Dancers - Sharlene Choy, Tunde Hrotko, Jenny Kim, Mae-Lae Louie, Quinn Nguyen, Tim O'Neill and Giovanni Quintero. The Hollywood Hornets raised $300! The girls were having way too much fun. They had men donating up to $20 per dance! Way to go ladies! And maybe you saw Tim promoting himself with a hand made sign that had a big "$1" written on it? Too funny.

Elaine Dee for set up and clean up. John Apodaca, Agnes, & Jon Moody for clean up, and Scott Giordano for helping promote at Atomic Ballroom.

And let's not forget all of the venues that helped promote this event. Rusty's Rhythm Club, Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, Atomic Ballroom, LindyGroove, The OC Swing Dance Club, Third Street Swingers and Paladino's.

And a special thank you to my partner on this event, Debbie Wastling for coordinating the ticket sales as well as making hundreds of fliers and making sure they were distributed. Her helpers were Cathryn Sayer and Carmen Lynne.

Pops thanks you from the bottom of his heart and so do I.

- Teresa London


Hollywood Hornets were the wonderful Taxi Dancers!
L-R Tunde Hrotko, Quinn Nguyen, Jenny Kim, Giovanni Quintero,Sharlene Choy, Tim O'Neill, and Mae-Lae Louie.


All Scrapbooks! Click HERE



Polka Dots & Stripes Nite - Click HERE


A visit with Pops - Click HERE






ARCHIVES OF EARLY LINDY HOP - WHITEYS LINDY HOPPERS -- Whitey's group was formed from the creme de la creme of the Savoy; they were the top dancers in the top ballroom of the Swing Era. With Whitey's entrepreneurial skills, these Harlem youngsters were catapulted into world recognition thru both live performance and film. Their swing dance innovations had permanent impact on the social dance styles of the United States, Europe, Australia, and even Latin America and parts of Africa.

From its beginnings, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers was much more than a dance troupe. It was a training ground which prepared the most talented social dancers of the Savoy Ballroom for professional gigs. It was also a social club which kept the young people out of trouble by allowing them unlimited access to the Ballroom-- by day to practise; by night to dance to the best swing bands in the world.




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