Jean, front and center, enjoys the adulation of a happy workshop crowd 2006.
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.)
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:*
What was Dean Collins' real name?
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.
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"
*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
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
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.
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.
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?!)
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!):