We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.
~ Martha Graham
DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW
A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Happy Thanksgiving! Now dance off that turkey!
Bowling Shirts Are In
December 5th Bowling Shirt Nite &
Performance by Featured Class
New York's Traditions in Tap Summary
Don't let yourself get out of shape during the holidays -- KEEP DANCING!!
Yes, it's always challenging to juggle everything over the holidays, buy we're here to help you keep some of that extra munching off your body so that you don't turn into that little character on the left.
We have a new set of Lindy By The Sea classes starting this Sunday and next Tuesday, and we've got some great nites at the Rhythm Club right up to December 19th, our Holiday Party!
So.... Keep on dancin'!
BOWLING SHIRTS ARE IN
AND MARK BARCLAY'S GOT 'EM
The Bowling Shirts arrived, and if you ordered one come along and pick it up at Tuesday nite's 7:30 class or at the Rhythm Club this Wednesday or next.
Our thanks again to Mark Barclay for organizing it all so well!
Arrived in New York with 88-year young Miriam Nelson, picked up at airport by Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, organizers of the Traditions in Tap weekend to come -- "The Miriam Nelson Experience".
Walked around Washington Heights with my ol' friend, Peter Mintun (stayed in his 5 story townhouse on 162nd!). Had dinner with another ol' friend, then joined Peter for a cabaret -- it was Cabaret Week there.
Had a tap rehearsal with Ray Hesselink (Miriam Nelson's other protege) at the historic Fazil's Studio. Then saw a Broadway Show "The Farnsworth Invention." Then had lunch at Sardi's with Miriam Nelson, Peter Mintun, Ray Hesselink, and Marge Champion (yes, of Marge and Gower Champion Fame). Then went and saw another Broadway show -- Cyrano, with Kevin Kline. After that (at 11:00pm, Avi picked up me and Miriam and took us downtown to WOR radio for a midnite-1:00.
Exhausted! Didn't get out of bed until 5:00pm! Then went to a party thrown in my honor at a beautiful Art Deco apartment with my Art Deco buddies in Manhattan.
The Tradition In Tap festival. I taught five classes, moderated a panel with Miriam Nelson and all the teachers, received a special award, performed in the showcase with Ray, and generally had a great and exhausting time.
Saw a run through of White Christmas at an historic rehearsal studio. Invited by my friend and choreographer, Randy Skinner. Took a long walk from 19th - 60th Streets, walked through Central Park, and had a last wonderful Manhattan dinner with Miriam & Peter.
All in all, it was another amazing adventure with many highlights. One of the biggest highlights and a complete surprise, was that I was given a special award:
Tradition in Tap Award to Rusty Frank November 10th 2007
(This was read by Germaine Salsberg on behalf of Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Germaine Salsberg and the entire advisory board of Tradition in Tap)
There is someone here whose tremendous passion for tap dance and its great masters has propelled her into making a huge contribution to the field. And today we would like to honor this person.
Rusty Frank, though I only met her in person yesterday, has been a name that, to me, as an educator, I know well. Her book Tap - the Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955 is such an incredible resource of history, information and knowledge that, as far as I know, is unparalleled. It sets the standard for further books by a new generation of tap historians (and we have a budding one right here - Kristin Juhrs).
Her DVDs of the masters give us not only steps and routines, but interviews and background on the person that is so full of love and respect that we feel we actually know the person after viewing the DVD.
Rusty is also an accomplished performer in reviews and shows, as well as a producer of many stage revues and television specials featuring tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Jeni Le Gon, the Nicholas Brothers, Arthur Duncan, and Brenda Bufalino. Also in 1996 Rusty decided to add Lindy hop to her repertoire, and has since established herself as a leading performer and teacher in that idiom as well.
As a result of her huge contribution to tap dance, she has been the recipient of multiple awards including the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap Dance Preservation Award, and the Historic Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California. And now we are adding to that by honoring her with the Tradition in Tap Award for Outstanding Achievements Significant Contributions to the Art and Tradition of Tap Dance.
See you on the dance floor!
RUSTY FRANK'S EARLIEST KNOWN TAP CLIP - 1936
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 Benny Goodman's complete name AND his most popular nickname?
Send your answer to us at email@example.com. 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.
Birthdays and Bowling Shirts at the Rhythm Club
PETER MINTUN -- Peter has been a friend of mine for years, and one of the most talented pianists we know. His specialty is music from between the wars (I & II). He has an uncanny ability to recreate the beautiful styling from that period. I am sure you will enjoy reading about him and listening to some of his playing!
"Peter Mintun is in charge...elegant, agreeable and reassuring...A genuine throwback to a gentler time, this elegant performer specializes in curios from the twenties and thirties like Kitten On The Keys, but he has also been known to play cartoon theme songs if the mood (or crowd) warrants it. Agreeable and assuring without being over-gracious, he's sort of a curio himself"
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!):