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JUNE 3RD 2008
TUESDAY



In front of the Swing Cafe in Oostende, Belgium



"Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired "

~ Martha Graham


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Back from Europe and Rarin' to go
Thanks for keepin' it alive
Jive Aces This Wednesday!

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Italians Love Swing Dance

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Featured Classes -- Balboa! Balboa!
Sunday - Calling All Girls!
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
The Jive Aces!
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Monika wins highest altitude LBS shirt pic!
Rusty's Europe Report and Pics

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

SCRAPBOOKS
Pics up from The Jive Aces at The Cicada Club
Rusty's Europe Trip
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
JiveAces.com


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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BACK FROM EUROPE AND RARIN' TO GO!

As you can well guess, after one month and six countries, I had a great time in Europe. I met loads of terrific people, saw countless beautiful sites, and have a book of memories to last a lifetime.

For those of you who are interested in reading more about my adventures, I've written up a short log below (click HERE) and have uploaded only 350 of my 1400 pictures ;).

Getting away always gives one renewed energy upon return... and that's me... full of zeal for all of the fun activities we have in store from us in the months ahead.

Hope to see you tonight in class or tomorrow nite at the Rhythm Club!


THANKS FOR KEEPING IT ALIVE

Of course Lindy By The Sea and Rhythm Club could never run without our amazing volunteers, more so than ever in my absence. So won't you take a moment to join me in thanking these wonderful people:

Lindy By The Sea
Sally & Ji

Rusty's Rhythm Club
Robert Vangor
Jon Moody
Jessica Densmore
Peter Livingston
Joseph Rocamora
Emily Callahan
Capt Fun (Cathryn Sayre)
Steven Von der Porten

Please forgive me if I left you off the list.

Thanks to all of you who came to class and the Rhythm Club and kept it all alive!


JIVE ACES THIS WEDNESDAY
DON'T MISS IT!

We just get so excited every time The Jive Aces come to the Rhythm Club, because we always know it's going to be a rip roaring night of music, dancing, and entertainment!

They only make it to our shores about twice a year... so make sure you don't miss this one for anything. Even Ken (Jive Aces bass player extraordinaire) is excited!


See you on the dance floor!




ITALIANS LOVE SWING DANCE


I took this little clip of two enthusiastic students at the Swing Brother Swing Festival in Bologna, Italy. Ya just gotta love 'em!



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 are the names of each of the Jive Aces? And what instrument do they play?

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:

Who is the mystery jitterbug (male) in our Clip of the Week?

ANSWER:

John Wayne

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.



JUNE 2008

SUNDAY SERIES --NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!
TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS JUNE 2

CALLING ALL FOLLOWERS!
SUNDAY CLASSES
AND WE'RE NOT KIDDING!!!!!

We need FOLLOWERS!

Help out these GUYS!

We had more than twice as many guys as girls in Level 1. Come along and help!!! Brush up on your basics and be a mensch at the same time.

(Remember, if you are a Tuesday student, it's only $10 for an entire Sunday series!!!!)


NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN SUNDAY SERIES

If you had to miss the first day of class last Sunday, no need to miss THIS series. Come along this Sunday, and we promise to review!

You can register HERE (your series card is good for one year, so you can make up the missed class)


FEATURED CLASSES -- BALBOA! BALBOA!

TUESDAY FEATURED CLASSES!!!! (Yes, that's right, two, count 'em, two)
8:30 Balboa: Beginner/Intermediate
9:30 Balboa: Intermediate Advanced Balboa (taking the place of June's Master Track time slot)

SPECIAL OFFER FOR PEOPLE TAKING BOTH BALBOA CLASSES!!!!
FREE Beginner/Intermediate class for anyone taking Intermediate/Advanced class!!! (why not review your basics and help those newbies)

Here's the lowdown:

-Beginner/Intermediate Balboa Class Description: This class is designed to go over the Balboa Basics listed below. Complete Bal beginners may join.

Basic
Cross Overs
Lolly Kicks
Come Around
Bal Send out (Bal Swingout)
Paddle Turns
Outside turn

-Intermediate/Advanced Balboa Class Description: Our intention is to have a truly challenging Balboa Class. To join this class, must be able to demonstrate that you know the moves listed in the Beg/Int class.

PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE http://rustyfrank.com/lbs-preregistration.asp
(Make sure to save your 10% by signing up for classes early)

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE




MASTER TRACK - TAKE YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

JULY-AUGUST 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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FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
BEGINNER'S SWING DANCE CLASS


7:30pm-8:00pm
At the Rhythm Club


COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

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

06/11 -- LIVE MUSIC
RHYTHM CLUB ALL STARS

06/18 -- BIG BAND NITE
HARLEY WHITE, JR.

06/258 -- LIVE MUSIC
KID AND NIC SHOW

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Ava Hayworth
Christian Hansen
Dan Danner
Jennifer Thomas
Reetha Garretty
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!





MONIKA WINS HIGHEST ALTITUDE RHYTHM CLUB SHIRT LOCATION!

Monika Ploner (yes, the very same Satin Ballroom organizer of years gone by) now wins the "High Altitude T-Shirt" award! Here she is skiing down the slopes of Innsbruck, Austria with her sister and dog.

Remember, when you travel, pack your Lindy By The Sea/Rhythm Club shirt and take a picture in front of some landmark. I'll put it on our website! Take a look at these so far: http://rustyfrank.com/shirts.asp


A SHORT JOURNAL OF RUSTY'S EUROPE 2008 TRIP

MILAN

I started out in Milan visiting Monika Ploner. We focused on the key elements of travel in Italy -- gelato! In between eating gobs of ice cream we did manage to see some of the historic sights. Also, to my delight, I discovered that Milan is the "Stripey Sock Capitol of the World."

FLORENCE


Then, hopped aboard a train for Florence, to meet up with old friend Andrea Mugnai (tapper) and his family. I taught several tap classes in this beautiful city. I also got a chance to roam around the countryside on foot and bike.

Though the Gelato quest continued, the Mugnai family fed me, and fed me, and fed me. Soon I was waddling around town, wondering "How much pasta can a person actually eat before exploding?"

After four lovely days in Florence, it was time to board a train again, this time off to Genoa.



GENOA AND ON THE ROAD

Oy! If I have to get these suitcases on and off one more train!!! Thank goodness Swing Brother Swing Organizers Silvia and Bruno were there to meet me. After a scrumptious meal in their town, I taught two classes to a very enthusiastic and experienced group of Lindy Hoppers. What fun.

Then onward to Bologna and the "Swing Brother Swing" festival. There were many other international teachers, including Kevin & Emily. The three of us were given a PT Cruiser to drive the 4 hour trek from Genoa to Bologna. Guess who drove? Yup. And, may I say, once you've driven (survived driving) in Italy, YOU'VE DRIVEN!

We couldn't resist stopping at the Lamborghini factory!

SWING BROTHER SWING - BOLOGNA


So, this was the first ever Swing Brother Swing Festival, and they had 500 students from all over the world. It was just fantastic. There were scads of teachers, including the incomparable Frankie Manning and his son Chazz Young. I had 141 students in one of the classes! Everyone had a great time, and I got to meet so many fun people. Those Italians really know how to party and pick a girl off her feet!


AUSTRIA AND GERMANY FOR A DAY


Needing a bit of rest and relaxation after the mammoth teaching schedule of the past weeks, it was time for some visiting and siteseeing. First I, again, boarded a train up to Innsbruck, Austria to visit Monika and her family at her home town. If you've never been to Innsbruck, may I recommend it! The Alps tower over this charming sparkling city, and then you can always go up the mountain for a tremendous view!

After twenty four hours in Innsbruck, I boarded the train to Munich. I was just there for two hours for a train change, and who should come and visit me but Christina Von Scheidt (who runs much of the Lindy scene there). She was on her way to class and came over for a 15 minute hug and chat. Then back on board, this time the night train to Paris.

PARIS AND NORMANDY, FRANCE


As some of you may remember, I have cousins all over the world. So if you can keep this one straight, my cousin Ann from Hawaii, met me at the Paris train station, and we boarded another train to our cousins who live near Giverny, France. Got it? We spent a lovely time siteseeing around the Normandy countryside. A real highlight for me this time was to finally get to Omaha Beach, and see one of the landing spots of D Day. The expansive graveyard explained in a way no words could the great sacrifice for freedom.


BELGIUM


Then on to my LAST train (yahooooooo!!!... don't get me wrong, I love trains, I just hated my bags by this time) on to Belgium to visit my filmmaker friend, Lieven DeBrauwer in Gent. We took a lovely road trip to the coastal town Oostende and ate the mandatory mussels (yum yum). And what should we find there -- but the Swing Cafe. I was wondering where that was!

HOLLAND

So that I wouldn't have to schlep my bags on to a train one more time, Lieven was an angel and actually drove me to Holland! There I had a fantastic five days, three of utter relaxing and siteseeing around the countryside, and two days of workshop -- tap tap tap.

I particularly love this last picture of all the tap shoes around my thank you gift (CHEESE!).

MORE PHOTOS!

For those of you who have nothing but time, or need a vicarious vacation, you can see more of my photos on our scrapbook page! Click HERE and go to scrapbooks 140, 141, 142, and 143. Happy viewing!


"Making a difference through swing dancing"


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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.



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




Rusty's Europe pics
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The Jive Aces at the Cicada Club
CLICK HERE





JiveAce.com Welcome to the Jive Aces web site. Here you can find all the info you need about the UK's No.1 jive and swing band.

Take a look at their wonderful new promo piece for their upcoming album:





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