Saying that this past Halloween Party at the Rhythm Club was great, would simply be an understatement... it was truly our best ever. With over 170 dancers in attendance, Neil Morrow and his gang providing the live music, Robert Vangor the vintage Halloween recorded music, Maxwell DeMille adding his brilliant wit and repairtae, our fabulous decorations, and a dancing ghost, it was just unforgettable.
Our Halloween party has become better every year, but without hesitation I can say we had more people dressed in costume than ever before. As a matter of fact, I only counted three people in street clothes!
COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS
What a costume parade this year. I never had such a hard time picking the semi-finalists. But then, you had an even harder job picking the five finalists and then the winner.
Here's a pic of our five finalists that you picked.
L-R Helen & Irving Geller, Scotty, Yves, Benji & Ji, Greyson
And our grand winner, Dr. "Scotty" Evil himself!
OPPOSITES ATTRACT ON HALLOWEEN!
What fun it was to look around the room and see how you all looked from dance to dance. Here's a some pictures to whet your appetite to view our Halloween Scrapbook with over eighty pictures of your wonderful costumes.
We had an amazing array of volunteers who really made the night super.
Please forgive me if I left out anyone... know you are appreciated!
Sara & Tommy, thank you so much for raiding the special effects house and bringing all those decorations and coming in early and staying late for putting them up and taking them down,
Thanks to our the rest of our setup crew: Michael Klein, Mark Barclay, and Susan Price (I'm sure there were more, but I was off in the other room giving a swing dance lesson).
Thanks to our amazing Door Stop crew: Peter Livingston, Jessica Densmore, and Capt Fun -- what would I have done without you on a night like this?
Thanks to Maxwell DeMille for hosting our evening and bringing it up a bunch of notches with your swell vintage charm (we loved your Cecil B. deMille costume!).
Thanks to our spectacular DJ -- Robert "The Professor" Vangor for filling the first set of dj music with perfect Halloween related music (don't think we didn't notice!).
Thanks to our cleanup crew -- that was just about everyone who was left at the end of the night, about 30 of you.
A special thanks to my childhood friend, Valerie Geller, for bringing all the table decorations and candy, and the THREE cakes. Valerie was holding a surprise 80th birthday for her mom (and her twin brother). You may remember them -- they came in 2nd in the costume contest.
AND, FINALLY, THANKS FOR "GETTING" MY COSTUME!
Yes, most of you got it, that I was recreating my recital outfit from lo those many years ago when I was seven. For those of you who missed it, you can see my recital HERE.
By the way, that will positively be the last time I'm seen in a tutu. It was just as miserable now as it was then! (Don't let the smiles fool you.)
See you on the dance floor!
ALL THE CATS JOIN IN
One of my all time favorite swing dance clips happens to be an animated one. This comes from the Disney Studio and is part of the "MAKE MINE MUSIC" (1944) Production (and it's available on DVD!).
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 band is playing in our clip of the week?
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 years did Rhythm Pals, Ron Campbell and Giovanni Quintero, start swing dancing?
Ron Campbell started Lindy Hopping in 1996
Giovanni Quintero started Lindy Hopping in 1999
*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.
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"
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!)
NOTEs FROM OUR STUDENTS AND FANS
Quite often we get wonderful notes from our community. I post them on our website, and when you have some spare moments, they are quite lovely reading. Here's a couple emails, one from Steven Smith and one from Bill Nye. Thanks, for always make us feel so loved and appreciated!
October 25, 2007
Thank you for a FANTASTIC evening [at The Rhythm Club], and the most fun birthday celebration I could have imagined. The only good thing about being away for awhile is being hit with that wave of happiness upon returning.
You have created something so extraordinary and magical that it can't really be described, only experienced.
See you soon,
You had two people, who a couple of years ago knew hardly anything from Lindy, make it to the top ten and then to a runner up [at PBDA's Jack and Jill contest 11/3/07]. Not bad Ms. Frank.
An event like this doesn't mean much in the scheme of things, but it meant a lot to me.
Thanks for all your help these last couple of years.
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!):