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December 11TH 2007
TUESDAY




Gene Kelly .



"Life isn't about weathering the storm,
it's about learning to dance in the rain."



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Holiday Party NEXT Wednesday!
Join our Swing Dance Season For Sharing
Great job, Performance Class - Take a look at the clips!
Order a Bowling Shirt

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Singin' In The Rain (Gene Kelly & Usher)

CONTEST OF THE WEEK
Test your knowledge and win a pass to the Rhythm Club

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
2 lead Master Track spots open for Jan-Feb
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Neil Morrow
Next week: Holiday Party - dress up
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
John Kanaster says "Greetings Gates" from Kuwait
Give the Gift of Dance

SCRAPBOOKS
Performance Class Jeep Jockey Jump pics
Follow the fun

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
"Fun & Philanthropy" -- Join our club

LINK OF THE WEEK
The Fabulous Esquires


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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HOLIDAY PARTY NEXT WEDNESDAY!
DECEMBER 19, 2007


The Fabulous Esquires
MC Maxwell DeMille
& YOU
Formal Attire! Let's really dress up

As part of our Rhythm Club tradition, our annual Holiday Party is "formal". That's right, you can dress up as much as you want... gowns, tails, tuxedos, or just nice and dressy. In this casual Los Angeles culture, it's nice to have an excuse to really dress up.


JOIN OUR SWING DANCE SEASON FOR SHARING
LET'S MAKE THIS HOLIDAY BRIGHTER!


CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP
BRING YOUR GIFT CARDS TO CLASS OR THE RHYTHM CLUB BY DECEMBER 19TH


GREAT JOB! PERFORMANCE CLASS


Congratulations to our Featured Class for doing a wonderful job in their Jeep Jockey Jump Routine. They really put their hearts into it and the payoff was great! In the class were people who had been dancing anywhere from four months to ten years! Well done, kids!

Take a look at the clips that were taken on the night.

Click HERE to see Scotty's hi-def clip
Click HERE to see Rusty's low-def clip

They're from two different angles.

OUR FIRST BOWLING SHIRT NITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

Our Bowling Shirt Nite was such a hit, that we are already planning the next one. If you wanted to get the "Official Rhythm Club" shirt, we are now taking orders! Click HERE to get yours.

See you on the dance floor!



In honor of the rain we had out here in Southern California!
A rarity these days.

GENE KELLY
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN 1952

AND NOW....

USHER RECREATES SINGIN' IN THE RAIN FOR "MOVIES ROCK" 2007

This is a wonderful homage to Gene Kelly by current entertainer, Usher, for "Movies Rock." Wow! He really gets it. I can't even imagine how hard that was to do... and it was so nice to hear what he had to say about Kelly at the beginning of the clip.



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:

Who's playing for our Rhythm Club Holiday Party?

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.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.




LAST CONTEST

QUESTION:

What are the Nicholas Brothers' first names?

ANSWER:

Fayard and Harold*

*Interesting Note: Fayard (b. 1914) loved silent movies. When his little brother was born (1921), he begged his parents to name him after silent film comedian Harold Lloyd. So... Harold Lloyd Nicholas was named (and Harold never forgave his brother for that one!).

WINNER:

Priscilla Saavedra

*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.



JANUARY 2008

SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 6TH
TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 8TH

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE

CLASS SCHEDULE HERE


TAKING REGISTRATION FOR
JANUARY-FEBRUARY MASTER TRACK

Take your dancing to the next level!

ROOM FOR TWO MORE LEADS
(SORRY FOLLOWERS...)

If you are interested EMAIL us.

Master Track info click HERE.


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

12/12 -- Live Music
Neil Morrow

12/19 -- Holiday Party

The Fabulous Esquires
MC Maxwell DeMille
Formal Attire! Let's really dress up

As part of our Rhythm Club tradition, our annual Holiday Party is "formal". That's right, you can dress up as much as you want... gowns, tails, tuxedos. In this casual Los Angeles culture, it's nice to have an excuse to really dress up.

12/26 -- DARK -- CLOSED -- NO RHYTHM CLUB
SEE YOU ON JANUARY 2ND

Please tell people who don't have internet, so we don't have any sad faces standing at the door that night.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
01/022 -- Live Music
Neil Morrow

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Emily Callahan
Jeff Munjack
Krissy Graves
Tony Mercuro


If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!





JOHN KANASTER WRITES FROM KUWAIT

One of our favorite swing dance pals, John Kanaster, is temporarily working in Kuwait. He sent over this letter last week, and I thought you would enjoy reading it. If you would like to send him a greeting, here's his email address: johnkan99@yahoo.com



December 5, 2007

Friends,

I am having a swell time here in Kuwait; the Beverly Hills of the Middle East! My first month was very busy getting adjusted to a new job and country.

My new job is very challenging working in various fire stations and starting new ones throughout the country wherever there is an American presence. There are workers here from all over Asia and currently I am helping to train a group from Nepal to be firefighters. I hope to visit them next Spring in Nepal and see Mt. Everest. I am living south of Kuwait City in a nice townhouse on the beach overlooking the Persian Gulf.

I have seen my share of camels in the desert. Also out in the desert are blown Iraqi vehicles from the Gulf War in 1991 to serve as a reminder never to invade Kuwait again. It is an honor to be working with the greatest military in the world. The twisted media reports at home can be very misleading to what is really happening here. For instance the media says that America is alone now and how the international community has left us. Far from the truth as we have British, Australian, Russian, Danish, Korean, Japanese, and many other countries here still supporting us with our mission here with their troops.

Kuwait can take you back to the ancient days like Ben Hur to ultra modern James Bond. Though there is not much of a vintage or swing scene here (yet) I have found a "Johnny Rockets" in Kuwait City with swell music and great vintage ads on the walls. I have started to help with the USO here and would love to see a big band night.

Let me know how you are doing and what is going on in the vintage/swing scene.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

John Kanaster

CSA Fire Dept.
APO AE
09366


WHY NOT GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE!


SOME GREAT DANCE GIFT IDEAS AT



- SERIES OF SWING DANCE CLASSES
AT LINDY BY THE SEA

- A PRIVATE LESSON WITH RUSTY

- PASS(ES) TO THE RHYTHM CLUB

- INSTRUCTIONAL LINDY & TAP DVD(S)

- SWING MUSIC CD(S)

For dance lessons and Rhythm Club passes, contact me by phone 310.606-5606 or email info@rustyfrank.com

Take a look at all the great dance items in my Shop. Make sure to give us plenty of time for shipping.


"Making a difference through swing dancing"


JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!

Subscribe to Swing Shift Rhythm Club

The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) goals:
Fun & Philanthropy

Anyone can join!
See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.




All Scrapbooks! Click HERE



Bowling Shirt Nite & Featured Class Performance! HERE







ESQUIRES.ORG -- This one of our perrenial favorite big bands. And maybe you guessed it by now... they'll be playing at our Holiday Party. Why not take a moment to learn about this wonderful band that has as its gold to teach young musicians how to play dance music of the "Big Band Era".





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