October 2ND 2007
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm On Tour
Doin' The Suzie Q
A new dance hit the town
Lyrics, "Doin' The Suzie Q"
It started gettin' 'round
It's something new I found
Doin' the Suzie Q
See our CLIP OF THE WEEK
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WOMEN IN SWING
Last week at the club, I looked on the bandstand at the Fabulous Esquires and noticed three women players in the band. All excellent players. It did not take much recollecting to realize that there are more men on that bandstand than women. And what about the history of swing? Were the women there? I knew they were, but certainly not in the same numbers as men. Why? Well, we can suppose all the obvious reasons -- how times were different back then, how women didn't have the same opportunities as men, how it would have been harder for women to travel on their own.
But, there were those women who did make it in the Swing Era and who received a certain amount of fame.
This newsletter is devoted to those amazing women back then who broke through. Here's to them! And here's to those today!
THOSE CRAZY STEPS WE DO!
"THE SUZIE Q"
In class last Tuesday, we all learned the Boogie step "The Suzie Q." I thought it would fun for everyone to see the song that spread the news of the step. So our clip of the week has Ina Ray Hutton (the most successful leader of an all-girl band back in the Swing Era) doing the number. She was known as 'Blonde Bombshell of Rhythm.''
WELCOME TO OUR NEW STUDENTS
Well, we had another rip-roaring Sunday with simply loads of new students. As a matter of fact, our current Sunday series is one of the most packed we've had in a long time with over 30 students in each level!
We "old-timers" (those who have now been dancing for over 4 months - wink) would like to welcome all of you. We can't wait to see you on the dance floor and we'll all be there to dance with you!
Come on out this week to Rusty's Rhythm Club!
See you on the dance floor!
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:*
What was the name of Ina Rae Hutton's all-girl band?
Send your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What was a "Swing Kid"?
Swing Kids were youths who, during WWII in Germany, rebelled against the NaziŐs by listening and dancing to swing music, even though it was banned.
(By the way, Danielle is one of our many enthusiastic high school kids!)
*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 30th
Tuesday, October 2nd
VIEW CLASS SCHEDULE
"JEEP JOCKEY JUMP" ROUTINE!
The Jeep Jockey Jump routine has become a classic world-wide. Originally choreographed in 1998 by Rusty Frank, Sylvia Skylar, Erik Robison, and Peter Flahiff, this partnered Lindy Hop routine is an exciting performance piece. The routine gives you an opportunity to work on your style and basic skills (Swingouts, Charleston, and more) with the added bonus of repetition -- you know what's coming!
Though the dance is done with a partner, you don't need a partner to join the class... as we will be rotating as usual.
If you are Level 3 and up, come along and join the fun.
YOU'LL GET TO PERFORM IT AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
For those who wish, we'll perform it at the Rhythm Club at the end of the series!
SEE THE ROUTINE!
I taught the routine Down Under in 2003, and you can see them performing it (and surprising me) in 2004:
CALLING ALL BOYS!
It's happened again, we have more followers than leaders in Levels 2 & 3 on Sunday. Brush up on your basics and be a mensch at the same time.
FOR SUNDAY LEVEL 2
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
October 14 - TBA
November 18 - TBA
BALBOA FOLLOWER FESTIVAL:
This very unique event will be in San Diego, CA from OCT 5-7
Workshops for FOLLOWERS taught by FOLLOWERS!!!
Full details and registration can be found at: www.2PlySwing.com
LEADERS attend the FULL weekend for free!!!
As of today, we have a good L/F balance for both the levels.
We could use 2 ADV+ leaders and 9 INT/ADV leaders for a perfect balance.
FOLLOWERS get a $20 discount when registering with a LEADER!
$195 PRE-REG rate ends on OCT 1 (only $175 if you sign up with a leader)
13 hours of workshops with amazing, progressive Balboa instructors.
Q&A with one of the ORIGINAL FIVE BAL GALS: Anne Mills
Do you know who the Five Bal Gals Are? Come to BFF to find outÉ
2 dances with LIVE MUSIC: Jonathan StoutŐs Campus Five & Sonny Leland and Hal Smith with Blue Voo
All Scrapbooks! Click HERE
WOMEN IN SWING -- Take a look at this brief expose on women in the history of swing. There are some wonderful books out there on the subject, including "Swing Shift" well worth a browse!
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!):