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February 12TH 2008
TUESDAY



CARTOON OF THE WEEK - LOUIS PRIMA & KEELY SMITH



"No artist is ahead of his time. He is time; the others are just behind the times."

-Martha Graham


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Valentine's at The Rhythm Club THIS Wednesday, 2/13
Last chance to order official Rhythm Club Bowling Shirts
A Rip Roaring time with the Jive Aces

"RUSTY'S DECADE OF DANCE" PARTY UPDATE
165 tickets gone for "Rusty's Decade of Dance Celebration"
Order your ticket today!

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Keely Smith & Kid Rock & Louis Prima

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Mark your calendar:
02-13 -- Valentine's Party
02-20 -- Russell Scott & His Redhots DEBUT!
02-27 -- Rusty's Birthday - Vintage Western
03-16 -- Ten Year Party -- The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra!
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Danielle & Joseph Invite You to Join Our Dance-A-Thon Team
Order a Bowling Shirt

SCRAPBOOKS
Jive Aces Nite at Rusty's Rhythm Club
Follow the fun

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
Report on February 9th Event
"Fun & Philanthropy" -- Join our club

LINK OF THE WEEK
Swingmusic.net (Keely Smith)


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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VALENTINE'S AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008
DRESS UP -- RED AND WHITE

What could be better than celebrating Valentine's with all your swing dancing pals! Dress up to the nines and join us at the Rhythm Club to dance the night away to the Fabulous Esquires next Wednesday, February 13.

AND, let's help Robert "The Professor" Vangor celebrate his birthday in high style!


Yes, we promise to have those little candy hearts there for you!

DANCE-A-THON -- TEAM SHIRTS -- ORDER DEADLINE TOMORROW
"RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB GATES" TEAM

This Wednesday is the absolute deadline for getting your shirt order in. We have to get the order in so that we have the shirts in time for the 24 Hour City of Hope Dance-A-Thon

If you are going to be participating in the Dance-A-Thon or just would like to have one of the Official Rhythm Club bowling shirts, make sure to order it right away.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO.

Danielle Cole and Joseph Rocamora tell you all about our team under our ADDED ATTRACTIONS.


A RIP ROARING TIME WITH THE JIVE ACES

We had such fun with the Jive Aces last week at the Rhythm Club! These guys just have the gift of changing the energy of any room into which they walk.

SURPRISE GUESTS
KEELY SMITH
AND HER WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS!

A highlight for many was the surprise appearance of legendary swing vocalist, Keely Smith, along with her daughters. The family is a huge fan of The Jive Aces; as Keely Smith said to me, "I'm a Jive Aces groupie." (How cute is that?!)

Keely Smith and Louis Prima's daughter, Toni Elizabeth Prima, got up and sang a few songs with the boys.. and, boy, was she terrific. I also got invited up to join the fellas in "Singin' In The Rain," reprising my introductory taps and background vocals (that's on their CD) (always a highlight of my year!). Special thanks to our very own Maxwell DeMille for adding his super MC-ing skills to the evening.

I have posted a bunch of pictures from the evening in our scrapbooks, click HERE.

Also, I just heard from the boys that they may be back to visit us in June. Cross your fingers.

I thought you might enjoy this declaration of love from the Jives to Fatburgers.


See you on the dance floor!





THE BILL ELLIOTT DANCE WILL SELL OUT
MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKET(S) SOON!

165 tickets out the door. Make sure to get your ticket right way.

BUY YOUR TICKET NOW

This event is sure to sell out, as the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra has not played for the public here in years. All the information on purchasing tickets are on the website... just click HERE or on the image above.



THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

KEELY SMITH ON THE GRAMMYS WITH KID ROCK

HERE'S A LONGER VERSION OF THE PERFORMANCE:

CLICK HERE

KEELY SMITH AND LOUIS PRIMA



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:

What is Keely Smith's given name?

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:

Here's another video of the Jive Aces, "Singin' In The Rain." Who's taps and background singing can be heard on this?

And for bonus points, name all six of the Jive Aces

ANSWER:

Rusty Frank.

Bonus Points:

The Jive Aces are: Ian Clarkson, Ken Smith, Vince Hurley, Peter Howell, John Fordham, and Alex Douglas.

WINNER:

Chris Bennett

*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.



MARCH 2008

SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS MARCH 2
TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS MARCH 4

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE



JANUARY-FEBRUARY MASTER TRACK ENROLLMENT FULL

Take your dancing to the next level!

We are completely full for the first Master Track of the year. If you are interested in holding a spot for you in the March-April Master Track EMAIL us.

Master Track info click HERE.


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

02/13 -- Valentine's Party!
The Fabulous Esquires
Dress in Red and/or White

02/20 -- LIVE MUSIC
RUSSELL SCOTT AND HIS REDHOTS
RHYTHM CLUB DEBUT

02/27 -- RUSTY'S BIRTHDAY
THE RAMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS
AKA JUMPIN' JOZ

VINTAGE WESTERN ATTIRE

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Robert Vangor

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





24 HOUR DANCE-A-THON


Hey everyone!

I'm Danielle Cole. Joseph Rocamora and I are putting together a Rhythm Club/Lindy By the Sea team for a 24 hour Cancer Dance-a-thon March 8th and 9th. All of the money raised goes to City of Hope Hospital to help fight Cancer.

Our team is called "Rusty's Rhythm Club Gates."

You can read all about the event HERE.

We need one person on the dance floor participating at all times. The activities on the dance floor will range from DJ'd music, dance lessons, live music, and contests. You don't have to stay for the whole time but of course it's great if you can. It's $50 to participate but the idea is that you ask friends and family to sponsor you.

For our "uniform" we're planning on wearing our Rhythm Club/Lindy by the Sea bowling shirts so if you don't have one already, contact Ji Han to place your order. (see below)

Thanks to everyone for helping out, it should be a lot of fun, and if you have any question or would like to join, email me at danielleybelle@yahoo.com or Joseph at joseph_rocamora@hotmail.com And for more information or to register to join Rusty's Rhythm Club Gates, go to danceathon.org

Thanks a lot!

Danielle


ORDER YOUR OFFICIAL RHYTHM CLUB BOWLING SHIRT!


Valerie Geller and her sons, Aaron & Greyson, show what the well-dressed Lindy Hopper will wear.


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.


"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.



EVENTS REPORT

FROM YOUR PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR
JESSICA DENSMORE

Our Earlwood Event is one of our favorites - although the residents are pretty limited physically, they are sharp and show they enjoy our company by clapping, foot-tapping and being quite vocal as they "get into it".

Our participants included Debbie Wastling, who also narrated, Matt and Rose, Evadne and Jes, Emily Callahan, Tom Connolly, Jamie England, Scott Giordano and Carol Hackett, Cathryn "Cap'n Fun" Sayre. Most of the participants were from the Torrance area and Debbie dubbed them, "The Torrancians". Many remembered, and were remembered by, such residents as Marie (Jamie's mom), Tom (former dancer who frequented such swing dance "haunts" as the Palladium in his day), and Virginia (who came by and wondered what all the fuss was about and was pleasantly surprised) . Some of the employees and patient families also came to see the program, and Jamie's brother even took photos (which we hope to see soon).

Former dancer Tom, who is now in a wheelchair, is still quite adept at leading the ladies and can transition to double-bug (lead two ladies at the same time) very smoothly. Resident Virginia and some of the patient families were too shy to come in but peeked in the doorways for most of the performance. Activity Coordinator Joy was too fast for us to have her join in the dancing but she left a message (on my cell phone) after we left that the residents and employees were still talking about the performance hours after we had gone and are already asking when we can come back.

Events are scheduled for the months of March and April so we hope more participants will be available. Our March Event has also requested an "Irish" dance so if anyone knows of anyone who knows of anyone who knows of anyone...let me know!!!

Jessica jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com



All Scrapbooks! Click HERE



The Jive Aces pose with Rusty & Gio's USC Swing Dance Class.
Take a look at more pictures HERE





SWINGMUSIC.NET (KEELY SMITH) Wow! This is some website. It's got everything a swing/jazz music aficionado could want: Bios, a shop, history, radio. And, of course, a wonderful bio on our new friend and legendary singer Keely Smith.





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