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APRIL 22ND 2008
TUESDAY



JEAN VELOZ
You'll want to kiss her, too, after THIS Sunday's workshop!
"Jean & Dean Workshop," April 27th



"I can't wait to meet you all this Sunday"

~ Jean Veloz


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Jean & Dean Workshop THIS Sunday
~ Need more leaders!
Here's to cocoanuts & grass skirts

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Jean Veloz (now) and "Brother Ray"

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
May Class Schedule -- Tuesdays all "a-go", no Sunday series
Master Track June-July, room for 4 leaders, 2 followers
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

WORKSHOPS
Jean Veloz & Dean Collins Workshop, Sunday 4/27/08
Mark your calendar

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Cicada Club -- 80th Anniversary Party of Oviatt Building

COMMUNIQUE
Save the dates:
~ June 4th, Jive Aces
~ August 17, The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
~ January 4-11, Jump Jive & Sail - Lindy Cruise

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
Caldonias.co.uk


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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JEAN & DEAN WORKSHOP
CALLING ALL BOYS!


Jean, front and center, enjoys the adulation of a happy workshop crowd 2006.


HEY, LEADERS!

We've already got 30 people signed up for the Jean and Dean Workshop -- but the girls are still ahead. Fellas, come on, don't make me sweat... sign up and even things out. REGISTER NOW!

One of the guys in class said, "I thought this was for girls." Absolutely not! This workshop will be balanced between men and women's moves and styling. We've just been emphasizing Jean Veloz, our local living legend, as she'll be there in person. (Dean Collins would loved to have been with us, too, but he's dead... sorry fellows, you'll just have to live with Youtube.)

SO, SIGN UP NOW!



WE WENT HAWAIIAN!
AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

Last Tuesday in class, I put out a dare to come to the Club in a hula skirt and cocoanuts for our Tropical Nite at the Rhythm Club. I had two fabulous takers, Hilja and Tony. Well done, Tony and Hilja!


See you on the dance floor!




JEAN VELOZ (NOW) AND HER BROTHER RAY PHELPS

Jean Veloz dancing with her kid brother, Ray Phelps.
(Maybe one day we can get him for a "Jean & Ray" workshop!)



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 was Dean Collins' real 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:

Jean Veloz competed with Ray Phelps (her brother) in a competition at the Hollywood Legion auditorium and won. The prize was a part in the film "Swing Fever"

ANSWER:

1936

WINNER:

Rachel Mellis

*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.



MAY & JUNE 2008

SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS JUNE 1 (NO MAY SERIES)
TUESDAY MAY SERIES BEGINS APRIL 29
TUESDAY JUNE SERIES BEGINS JUNE 3

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE




MASTER TRACK - TAKE YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

JUNE-JULY MASTER TRACK
OPENINGS FOR 4 LEADERS AND 2 FOLLOWERS

If you would like to hold a spot for yourself for the next Master Track, which will be June-July, email us.


CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE CLASS



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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

04/23 -- LIVE MUSIC
JUMPIN' JOZ

04/30 -- LIVE MUSIC
PHAT CAT SWINGER

05/07 -- Live Music
Neil Morrow

7:30-8:00 Beginner Class

05/14 -- DJ
ROBERT 'THE PROFESSOR' VANGOR

05/21 -- LIVE MUSIC
JUMPIN' JOZ

05/28 -- BIG BAND NITE
LADD McINTOSH -- RHYTHM CLUB DEBUT!

06/04 -- SPECIAL!
THE JIVE ACES ARE BACK!

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Logan Gloor
Seth Curlin
Shirley Sanders


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




CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!



"Making a difference through swing dancing"


JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!

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

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



HUNTINGTON RETIREMENT EVENT, APRIL 12, '08
REPORT FROM JESSICA

"FUN & PHILANTHROPY!"

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

to all who participated in this Event and made it one of our best attended and even featured a couple married 60 years and still swing dancing - they used to dance at the Palladium and, as narrator Debbie announced, "we pay homage to dancers like you" because we also want to be dancing when we reach those golden years.

We had quite a few former swing dancers in the audience, from Massachussetts, Illinois, right here in L.A., Hawaii and Argentina. The two Sisters from the Little Company of Mary Convent who reside here were also dancers before they joined, Sr. Mary in Massachussetts and Sr. Antonietta in Argentina. Photographer Steve Densmore also presented each with a special flower for their contributions to the Community over the years. One gentleman had never been a dancer, but knew of the story behind Lindy Hop and has an original newspaper clipping of Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic - just for that Debbie showed him how to lead a Ladies' Turn so he could join us in the program later (but he was too shy). Our birthday dance featured Sr. Mary and our Latin dance was dedicated to Sr. Antonietta.

Our Volunteers included: Debbie Wastling - Narrator, Steve Densmore - Photographer, Scott Giordano, Evadne Morakis, Joseph Rocamora, Kristy Forsyth, Brian Raley, Emily Callahan, Leslie Tomlin, Kimmie Morrissey, Tony Mercuro.

Our program included music from Benny Goodman to Bill Elliott, and dance styles of Savoy, Double Bug (nice job Joseph, Emily and Kristy), Balboa and Jitterbug (by our Palladium couple) were featured. As the program continued, we noticed that quite a few of the employees were eager to join in (they were apparently on break). When approached they quickly asked our gents if they could do salsa or cha cha. Being multi-talented and good sports, our leads obliged and the ladies returned to work blushing and giggling.

Activity Director Lona was very impressed by, not just the dancing, but the rapport the dancers had with the audience. Debbie can really "work the crowd" when she narrates, and Tony, well, Tony is just Tony when he charms the ladies of ALL ages. Lona was so impressed that all the dancers really took care of the residents who were dancing and took time to talk to those who physically could not participate. I am sure we will be back in the near future.

Oh yes, I was there too...and like these Volunteers, showed up later at the Ruby's Event (along with 20 or more other dancers) to dance and dine and raise money for the Good Shepherd Shelter - Cathryn (Capt'n Fun) has already written her review and there will be more of these Events in the upcoming Summer.

Photos by Steve to be posted on the Yahoo website for SwingShiftRhythmClub.

Thanks Volunteers!!!

Jessica Densmore


SAVE SOME DATES!



WE'VE GOT HIM BACK AND ALL THE FUN!
THE BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH

(TICKETS ON SALE SOON)



JUMP, JIVE, AND SAIL
THE LINDY CRUISE
JANUARY 4-11, 2009

Well, you've heard all about it now! "Jump, Jive, and Sail" - The LIndy Cruise to the Caribbean. Don't forget, the first 50 people who sign up for this cruise get $50 off their passage. Let's make this an unforgettable trip.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

All Scrapbooks! Click HERE







CALDONIAIS.CO.UK This website is the creation of the English couple, Andy & Jill, who visited us two weeks ago at the Rhythm Club. Make sure you don't miss the Juke Boxes!!! (Andy explained it's all still a work in progress... aren't all websites that way?!)





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