Our number one destination in the L.A. area was Hollywood because that's where the action was. One of our more important stops in Hollywood would be the Hollywood Canteen over on Cahuenga Boulevard during the day to see many of the big-name movie stars.
~ Bob Gallagher, talking about his "leave" during WWII
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DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW
A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Bill Elliott "Hollywood Canteen" tickets on sale now
Win the Raffle -- A Free Private Lesson With Rusty
Sunday's move to Thursdays, July 3
Upcoming Rhythm Club news
TICKETS ON SALE! WIN THE RAFFLE!
A FREE PRIVATE LESSON WITH RUSTY
That's right! We're having a raffle for the first 50 people who purchase their tickets for the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra "A Night At The Hollywood Canteen" dance, August 17th. The raffle winner gets a free one-hour private lesson (for one or two people) with yours truly - value $80!
So don't miss out on your chance... and get your tickets today!
LINDY BY THE SEA -- SUNDAY'S MOVE TO THURSDAYS!
HERE'S OUR NEW SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
Staring July 3, our Sunday classes will take place on Thursday evenings. We have heard from so many people that they can't come to class on weekends, but could come along on weeknights, so we have made the change!
Since we have had the Sunday schedule for 10 years, please help us spread the news. I really appreciate it! You have always been the best word in Lindy Hop.
I'm also very excited that I'll finally get weekends for the first time since 1998!
THIS WEEK THE RHYTHM CLUB ALL-STARS
DON'T MISS IT!
This Wednesday at Rusty's Rhythm Club, the band "RHYTHM CLUB ALL-STARS," will be live & in concert. It's comprised of internationally renowned musicians who each are at the top of their instrument playing class! They are such notables as: DANIEL GLASS (drummer) from Royal Crown Revue, COREY GEMME (coronet) from Traditional Jazz All Stars, JOHN HATTON (bass) from Brian Setzer Orchestra, & JOHN REYNOLDS (guitar) from Dean Mora Orchestra!!
Here's a clip of them playing at a previous engagement at the club for your foot-tapping pleasure:
NEXT WEEK THE HARLEY WHITE, JR QUARTET
ALL THE WAY FROM SACRAMENTO!
Won't you join me on June 18 in welcoming the Harley White, Jr. Quartet who are coming to us all the way from Sacramento for their Rhythm Club debut!
I'm very excited about this band, and I am sure that we'll have a great night of dancing.
CAIRO SMITH - 5TH GRADER
LAST WEEK AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Ava Hayworth's 5th grade son walked around the Rhythm Club last week filming all of you dancing and enjoying yourselves. He then came home and edited together this delightful clip. I see a future for this kid! (By the way, he'll be starting Lindy 1 in our next series starting Thursday, July 3rd!)
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 two 1940's movie stars started The Hollywood Canteen?
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.
What are the names of each of the Jive Aces? And what instrument do they play?
Vocals & Trumpet
In the "Junior Division"!
*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.
REGISTER FOR NEXT SERIES - JULY 2008
BEGINNER SERIES MOVES TO THURSDAYS JULY 3
TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS JULY 1
Now it's your turn, guys. We need more of you in the Balboa classes, both levels. You should have seen all those girls just weeping, standing there alone.
Please consider coming to class tonight and next week to join the fun (and stop the girls from weeping!)
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.
Bal Send out (Bal Swingout)
-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.
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
RUSTY PERFORMING THIS SUNDAY
I'll be tapping my way into the hearts of the Cicada patrons this Sunday. Come along for a great show and fabulous evening of Art Deco entertainment and atmosphere, not to mention the incomparable Maxwell DeMille!
I have an IPOD now downloaded with great 50's music - Thank you Reetha. So the music will be good and it will not skip. (It was his CD Player not the CD's)
I also will have the bucket with sand for the cement. It really does help but have to be careful as people do walk where we dance.
Let me know if you can come
Thanks so much for coming out and support the cause. So far we have raised $75.00 in food vouchers which I have already sent to the Shelter. I am hoping this month to get a voucher for a kids party as well as another food voucher.
Torrance Historical Society Event, Thursday, July 17,'08 5-8 PM
The Torrance Historical Society is holding ... what else? ... a Historical Fair,
featuring exhibits representing WWII. They have tried to get swing dancers to
attend and dance for the past few years for "atmosphere" and hope to be more
successful THIS year.
We will be dancing on the street in front of the Historical Society building to the
DJ's choice of music ('30s-'50s) EXCEPT for between 6pm-6:30pm when we can
give him OUR CHOICE of music; at this point in time we will be directed to a
"stage area" to dance and we "may" be filmed by the local Torrance Cable TV channel.
After we are featured we can stay and watch other performers, and wait to dance
when more swing music is featured (DJ's choice at this point), or we can peruse
the vintage stores and eat at one of the many local restaurants to round out the
evening (still time for Lindy Groove if you haven't had enough!!!).
There will be water available.
Parking will be difficult so be prepared/give yourself some time to get to the
Current participants include:
Reetha Garretty, Catherine Sayer, Katie Albee, Laura Greenlund,
John Apodaca, Scott Giordano, Tony Mercuro, Jeremy Heckman,
Steve Densmore has volunteered to photograph and eat...Jes has volunteered
to shop (spend his money) at the vintage shops...
Event at Heritage Rehab. Center, Saturday, June 28,'08, 2:30pm-3:30pm
A request from Adele, a friend of Debbie Wastling, to come dance at the
Heritage Rehab. Center, Saturday, June 28, '08, 2:30pm-3:30pm for the
residents as part of Luau month - Guess this means dress Hawaiian!!!
The address is: 21414 Vermont Ave., Torrance
The phone # : 310-320-8714, ask for Adele
This sounds close to Alpine Village, so we could gather there afterwards and
celebrate...something or other...
This is a bit short notice, but the residents would enjoy our program.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO CAME OUT TO RUBY'S
a letter from Capt Fun
I want to thank everyone who came last Sat. to Ruby's to help dance and spend money to support the Good Shephard Shelter. It was very much a success.
We raised $229.64 for the Shelter. I am waiting to print the pictures so that I can include them with the Check and a little note to Sister Anne.
I want everyone one to know who helped and had so much fun on Sat. You really made my ideas bloom and my work very easy.
Evadne Morakis, Brian Raley, Kimmy Morrissey, Leslie Tomlin, John Apodaca, Heather Ellison, Ryan Caper, Laura Stella, Yves Magnier, Steven Van Der Porter, Scott Giordano, Katie Allbee, Michelle, Jessica Densmore, Emily Callahan, Kristy Forsythe, Joseph, Tony Mercuro, Debbie Wastling, Matt, Alice and Dan, Dale Frank and also those were there in spirit.
Ruby's wants to do this again so maybe sometime in Sept/Oct.
I will send pictures in another email.
Thank you again everyone, you really made this special.
GOOD SHEPERD THANK YOU LETTER
Thank you, Dancers, for attending the Downey Care Center Event Sat, May 31, '08
We were all running late, but were welcomed with bright smiles and open arms by
residents and personnel alike. If you check out the scrapbook for this Event you will
see a lot of smiling faces, including ours. Although the residents were physically
unable to dance, some communicated to us by pointing to certain steps, or the fabric
of our clothes, and facial expressions told us they recognized and loved the music. As
always, many loved to have a chance to talk about their music and dance experiences.
Debbie Wastling, narrator, recruiter, script and music
Matt Bartley, Teresa London and her friend Patrick,
John Apodaca (who brought some extra music selections)
June Mikrut, Peter Livingston, Rita Catanzarite
Steve Densmore, Photographer,
Jes Densmore (I hitched a ride with the photographer)
We danced to music of all the major Big Bands as well as such vocalists
as Anita O'Day - and Debbie made sure that we danced for the resident
"birthday girl" who was very touched by the attention. John also spoke
with a resident (an ardent Lakers fan) who told of his father being a drummer
in a jazz band in New Orleans...and...yes...as a kid he did get to see some
of the "greats" including Louis Armstrong.
One of the visitors joined us in a dance, as did a couple of the personnel
(on their breaks, of course), and Debbie pointed out the various steps
represented in our presentation, including. Charleston, Double Bug, Lindy and
Shag. Emily, the coordinator in charge that day, has asked us to come
back soon and often - she was especially impressed with the way the
dancers did not just dance, but took time to talk to the residents. We will
definitely come back, and hopefully encourage some of the more shy
residents and employees to join us.
Thank you, again, Dancers, for taking time out of your busy schedules, to
bring so much joy...you are all very special people.
And thank you to Steve, for photographing - and adding to our website's
You should see the photos he DIDN't post!
SAVE SOME DATES!
WE'VE GOT HIM BACK AND ALL THE FUN!
THE BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH
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.
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!):