February 26TH 2008
The birthday girl with ?
(see CONTEST OF THE WEEK)
Come along to Rusty's Rhythm Club THIS Wednesday
for Vintage Western Night and our $100 Jill & Jack Contest!
"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."
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RUSTY'S "YEHAW" BIRTHDAY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEEK
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008
DRESS UP -- VINTAGE WESTERN
It's time to strap on those chaps, pull on those cowboy boots, and ride ol' Paint to the Rhythm Club THIS Wednesday for our "Vintage Western Theme" nite for Rusty's B-Day party!
And, YES, there'll be a nice big cake!
"JILL AND JACK SHOWDOWN" CONTEST $100 CASH PRIZE!
Can't wait for tomorrow night at Rusty's Rhythm Club and our "Jill & Jack Showdown"! We saw quite a few people practicing last Wednesday at the club for this zany and fun contest. Don't be shy about entering this contest, for remember the goal is FUN FUN FUN!
What's a Jill & Jack you ask? It's a contest where the girls lead and the boys follow.
We've got loads of our regulars who are quite adept at this. Buckeroos, start practicing!
VINTAGE HAIR WORKSHOP FOR THE LADIES!
THIS SUNDAY, 11:00AM-1:00PM
I realized that we have this wonderful party coming up (Rusty's Decade of Dance with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra - March 16), and I've asked people to dress Vintage Hollywood Glamour. So... how do you do your hair????
Time for another workshop. And it's THIS Sunday. So sign up quickly ladies. You can CLICK HERE to read all about it and register.
Take a look what these girls learned in this workshop!
SIGN UP NOW
See you on the dance floor!
PRICES GO UP ON MARCH 1ST!
THE BILL ELLIOTT DANCE WILL SELL OUT
MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKET(S) SOON!
211 tickets out the door. Make sure to get your ticket right way.
Excitement continues to build all around town for this wonderfull dance! All the information on purchasing tickets are on the website... just click HERE or on the image above.
February 25, 2008
I would love to be at your dance but it would cost me $2027 to attend...
All the best with your 10 year celebration
When I first read this email I thought I had made some terrible blunder in my Paypal buttons... then I realized his email had an "au" at the end (Australia!). It would cost him $27 for his ticket on line and $2000 for the flight!
You'll be there in spirit, Alex.
FROM DARRELL HOPE
DWDR FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Darrell is one of our wonderful local dancers who's been on the scene ever since I can remember. He sends out a weekly email of dancing recommendations accompanied by superb ramblings! The emailing is entitled: DWDR = Darrell's Weekly Dance Report. (I'm sure he would be happy to add you to his list, if you'd so like - just shoot him an email: DarrellH@dga.org)
I was overwhelmed to read his latest report:
As we segue from February with its celebration of past POTUSes, bloody marriage-minded saints and African American achievements (did anybody celebrate Frankie Manning and Whitey's Lindy-Hoppers this month?) into March with its drunken leprechaun orgies, chocolate & egg bearing rodents, and a return actually worthy of celebration, Daylight Savings Time, I've decided that over the next year of DWDrs, we'll take time out to also cast the spotlight on local heroes who keep the dance going despite the odds. And just in time for the end of the Hollywood Awards season, the first "DWDr Local Dance Hero Award" goes to none other than our own RUSTY FRANK. And since she's loathe to toot her own horn (no innuendo now), I'm going to do it for her, even though I know she's probably going to kill me for doing so.
Now I have to admit that for all the years that I've known Rusty, I've always been a little confused by her name. For while I'd freely admit that she is indeed frank, there's nothing even slightly reminiscent of ferrous oxide about her. Indeed, the way she stays on the move, keeping swing dancing alive through her Lindy by the Sea organization that teaches dance to a two-left-footed world as well as a host of other things, there's nothing even slightly rusty, about Rusty.
All kidding aside, I'm personally amazed at all she does for the dance community. On top of all the teaching, she also spearheads a host of amazing philanthropic works like the Emergency Fund she created for Peter "Pops" Warner, the erstwhile lead singer of STOMPY JONES (and he's still in need of assistance so click onto her website at http://rustyfrank.com and give what you can), you might forget she also organized similar efforts for dance legend Fayard Nicholas, Hurricane Katrina, The Asian Tsunami, and even created her own version of a dancer's exchange program where she raised funds to bring foreign dancers over to the USA. She also leads an educational push to remind people of the rich history of dance via her own newsletter published weekly.
And then there's RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB located in Playa del Rey. I know I've often joked that RRC is the place where you can both befriend and belie your Jenny Craigiest dreams because for every ounce you dance off via the great music and abundance of dance partners, you'll have the opportunity to replace it with sweet confectionery goodness because somehow, someway, there always seems to be cake at Rusty's, thereby placing your in a state of virtual dietary schizophrenia. And I've also teased Ms. Frank about the RRC tap performances, etc, but you have to admit that RRC has one of the smoothest dance floors and friendliest non-clicquest patrons in the area (I call RRC the 'land of the willing who won't leave you wanting.") And damn, can they bake!
But to think of what's quintessentially Rusty, I have to go back to a few years back when she broke her neck in five places during a dance accident and was forced to wear a full halo (we're talking metal and plastic brace here not the video game or the more appropriate angelic symbol) as she healed. As the dance community wrapped around her like a warm loving blanket, I'll never forget the sight of her ever-smiling face, stepping onto a dance floor to execute a few safe moves while still wearing her head brace. So even when she was immobilized by serious injury, she still couldn't stop moving. Talk about a profile in courage and resilience. And as soon as she was free of her medical cage, she was back dancing full swing. So where the frell did she get the name Rusty?
On Sunday, March 16 in celebration of her ten years of bringing dance to the community, Rusty's throwing a huge bash at the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club. Entitled, "A Decade of Dance" she's bringing in an old time favorite, the BILL ELLIOT SWING ORCHESTRA to help her celebrate. Tickets are on sale now, and with it being Bill, they're probably going to sell out so you might want to buy 'em now! Plus the price is going up on March 1st. But if you want to stop by and thank her yourself before the Ides of March, you can drop by and help her celebrate her natal day at RRC on this coming Wednesday, February 27, but bring a lariat and your chaps, because the theme is vintage western. In the meanwhile, if you really want to honor what she stands for, visit her website at http://rustyfrank.com/ and drop a few cybercoins into the Pop's Rescue Fund.
So to Ms. Rusty Frank, who's the un-rustiest person I know, I salute you and thanks for all the cake. You are the first DWDr Local Dance Hero. And I sincerely hope that it's the thought that counts because that honor, still probably won't help you get into the Governor's Ball after the Oscars.
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:*
With whom is Rusty dancing in our "Picture 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.
Last week's clip of the week featured tap dancer Eleanor Powell and drummer Buddy Rich. The clip starts out with Red Skelton singing the song "Talullah". In this clip you can find one of the main cast members of the classic film "The Wizard of Oz." What is his name and what character did he play in the movie?
Bert Lahr, Zeke & The Cowardly Lion.
*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 FEATURED CLASS
LINDY HOP CHARLESTON VARIATIONS!
So you've got your basic Charleston down, but what about all those nifty variations you've been seeing others do on the dance floor? Or all the variations you've learned and forgotten? Or just need some exercise? Come along to our Lindy Charleston Class this month. All you need to know is Side-By-Side Charleston and Tandem Charleston (aka Back Charleston, Shadow Charleston). See you there!
SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS MARCH 2
TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS MARCH 4
REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE
MARCH-APRIL MASTER TRACK
Take your dancing to the next level!
1 FOLLOWER SPOT
1 LEADER SPOT
The March-April Master Track is about to start, and we still have room for one leader and one follower . Contact us immediately if you are interested. EMAIL us.
Master Track info click HERE.
JUNE-JULY MASTER TRACK
If you would like to hold a spot for yourself for the next Master Track, which will be June-July, email us.
24 HOUR DANCE-A-THON
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 email@example.com or Joseph
at firstname.lastname@example.org And for more
information or to register to join Rusty's Rhythm Club
Gates, go to danceathon.org
Thanks a lot!
"Making a difference through swing dancing"
JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!
EVENT -- MARCH 15TH
FROM YOUR PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR
John Apodaca's niece, Sharon Gonzales, was delighted that we wanted to come back
and dance for (and with) her residents. She has also requested a "specialty" Irish
dance in place of our usual Ballroom or Latin feature for the "Irish season". The
residents are known to join us during our swing dance presentation so it would be
no surprise if any of them joined in some Irish dancing too. Let me know if you
are available for Swing dance or Irish dance or both.
Downey Retirement Center
11500 Dolan Ave
Sharon Gonzales, Activity Coordinator
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 2-3 PM
WON'T YOU JOIN US?
Also, a reminder for those who keep telling me they feel they are not
"good enough" - If you know your basics, smile and enjoy being around
people who need a little time and attention, you are "good enough". Also,
we don't need just dancers, but help with set up, narration (Debbie likes to break from narrating and dance too), being in the audience and applauding,
carpooling and recruiting....
All Scrapbooks! Click HERE
RUSTYFRANK.COM/RUSTY.ASP I know, I know... this might seem strange to have my own bio page as the Link of the Week. However, it's sort of a tradition on my birthday week to do this so that you all can learn about your own teacher. So happy reading.
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!):