People often say to me, "Rusty, dancing is easy for you! You're a natural born dancer." At this point, I have to do everything in my power to not, 1. Laugh out loud, 2. Go into a mighty rage.
Why, you ask, would I have either of these reactions? The answer is easy. I was definitely NOT a natural born dancer. If I was a natural born anything, it was a natural born klutz!
So when I hear "Rusty, dancing is easy for you! You're a natural born dancer," which is at least once a week from new students or dance hopefuls, I really want to burst out laughing at how absurd that comment is, especially for me.
The reason I have the second reaction, the one of impending rage, is that I want to blurt out, "How can you say that? Don't you have any idea of the amount of time, sweat, tears, joy, aggravation, elation, etc., that I have put into dancing just to manage to get where I am? By saying I'm a "natural born dancer" they are taking away all those hours, hours, hours, years, and years that I have put into dancing.
Of course, I will say that I am a natural born optimist, and that sure helped. Even as a little girl, I just attacked with gusto anything I wanted to do, even though I was rarely really good at anything when I started. I just had that "stick-to-it-ness". Thank goodness!
As you can see by my recital clip... I was definitely NOT a Natural Born Dancer, and it's a good thing I started dancing at 6 years old, because it was going to take a LONG, LONG time before I got good at it!
*photo by Laurie Gordon
So, when people say, "Rusty, dancing is easy for you! You're a natural born dancer" I control myself and smile and say, "Naw. Nobody's a natural born dancer. We all have the same path to become a dancers and that's simply the time we put into it. Dancing is a journey, not a destination. So enjoy the journey... as you'll always be in it."
RUSTY'S DANCE RECITAL -- AGE 7
IF YOU NEEDED PROOF -- HERE IT IS!
I WAS DEFINITELY NOT A NATURAL BORN DANCER!
RUSH ON BILL ELLIOTT CDS LAST TUESDAY!
Last week, during our Featured Class, "Jeep Jockey Jump" routine, I announced that I had finally been able to get the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra cds with the song. I wasn't prepared for what happened. Take a look!
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB - OCTOBER 31
$100 CASH PRIZE BEST COSTUME
Rhythm Club Halloween Party 2006
Halloween is just around the corner... and this year it actually falls on Wednesday! What fun we'll have!!! We've got a great band lined up, Neil Morrow and His Spooky Swing Gang," a Costume Contest with a $100 cash prize, tricks and treats, and loads of you!!
NEIL MORROW & MAXWELL DEMILLE
ON HAND TO SPOOK THINGS UP
Maxwell DeMille will be on hand as our special Master of Ceremonies (what would our Halloween Party be without him... note him front and center on the above pic).
Neil Morrow and his gang will be supplying the music, and they'll be in costume, too!
We've got a handle on some great decorations, but could always use more. If you have some skeletons in the closet, so to speak, or other fun decorations bring them to the Rhythm Club on October 31st.
COME EARLY ON OCTOBER 31 TO HELP SET UP
We'll be setting up at around 7:00... so if you can come early on Halloween, we could sure use your help. The more the merrier!
Our new student, Mark Barclay (dancing below), has volunteered to head up the Bowling Shirt ordering! What a guy!! So if you want one... click HERE. For those of you out of our area, we have now set up a shipping option!
See you on the dance floor!
A LITTLE CLIP OF RUSTY BY JI HAN
Our enthusiastic student, Ji Han, has created another wonderful little video clip. She has volunteered to make these clips so people can get an idea of our "atmosphere."
Thanks loads, Ji!
By the way, my halloween costume is hidden in this clip. So take a close look!
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 years did Rhythm Pals, Ron Campbell and Giovanni Quintero, start swing dancing?
Send your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only the weekly winner will receive a response to their Contest Answer.
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 are the name of the two sisters who run The Pasadena Ballroom Association and next month's Harvest Moon Swingout?
Erin & Tami Stevens
*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.
Did you know that any second class taken on the same day is 1/2 price? That's right. We put that discount there so that you could repeat classes and get great dance skills.
STUDENT & SENIOR DISCOUNTS
Yes, we do offer Student & Senior discounts. One series, which is normally $40, is only $36! Often asked: What is a Senior? 65 and up. (If you need a little discount, you're on a tight budget... we'll let you come in under the discount.)
TUESDAY PEOPLE TAKE ANY SUNDAY SERIES FOR $10
Yes, you read right! Tuesday students may retake any Sunday series for only $10 for the entire 4-weeks. We like to encourage our intermediate and advanced students to come back to Sundays, whether it be to review their basics or learn "the other side" (lead or follow).
SAVE 10% ON ALL YOUR CLASSES -- IT CAN REALLY ADD UP!
We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register with your Quick Stop Card, or right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...
USE YOUR QUICK STOP CARD TO PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE 10% ON CLASSES
(click on image to find out how it works and how you can get one!)
COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:
10/24 -- Live Music Swing Syndicate
10/31 -- HALLOWEEN PARTY!
Live Music Neil Morrow and his Scary Gang
Ghoulish MC Maxwell DeMille
$100 Cash for Best Costume
11/07 -- DJ Music with "The Professor"
7:30-8:00pm Swing Dance Lesson
8:00-11:30pm Dance! Dance! Dance!
Lee Anne Lynch
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 18TH
TAP WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY "THE SHIM SHAM II"
More info soon
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!)
LINDY HOP DANCERS ON DANCING WITH THE STARS TONIGHT!
See Southern California dancers on Dancing With The Stars. Local renowned and very talented Lindy Hop couples and dance instructors hailing from Orange County, Shesha and Nikki, and from L.A. County, Jeremy Oth and Laura Keat, will be performing a special Lindy Hop Routine on the nationally televised and very popular reality show, "DANCING WITH THE STARS," tonight on the ABC network!!!
This will be one of the rare occasion where the national audience will be able to view the real McCoy -- The LINDY HOP! Not the Broadway or Ballroom version of Swing or the Jitterbug that one would usually see at any musical theatre, dance show, television, or movie.
STILL NEED MORE DANCERS -- WHY NOT JOIN?!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH - CITY OF NORWALK PARADE
This Event notice comes from one of our frequent volunteers, John
Apodaca. The City of Norwalk contacted him to see if he could
recruit swing dancers to join in the parade, to walk in vintage/
swing attire, wave and dance at regular intervals. He needs a
head count to give to the City ASAP so please contact him if you
are available at:
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!):