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JUNE 17TH 2008
TUESDAY





I believe in dancing.

I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.

~ Robert Fulghum
Author, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Response to my Open Letter
Win the Raffle -- A Free Private Lesson With Rusty
Sunday's move to Thursdays, July 3

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Bette Davis at The Hollywood Canteen

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Sundays move to Thursdays, July 3 (just want to make sure you know!)
Featured Classes -- Balboa! Balboa!
Dinner with Level 3 THIS Sunday
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: The Harley White, Jr. Quartet -- debut!
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

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

COMMUNIQUE
Rusty's Open Letter


SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
Loads of Upcoming events
Letters of thanks for previous events
"Fun & Philanthropy" -- Join our club

LINK OF THE WEEK
SwingDance.ru (Russia!)


(So don't stop scrolling...)

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RESPONSE TO MY OPEN LETTER

After much contemplation, I sent out my "Open Letter" about rising gas prices and keeping Swing Dancing alive through it all. For those of you who didn't get to read it, I have included it in this newsletter below (Click HERE).

Many of you sent in such enthusiastic responses, and I appreciate it.

I was also very taken by local dancer and bike rider John Silva. He sent me a list of suggestions, and then actually did one of them for me:

From John Silva

http://www.yelp.com/events/playa-del-rey-swing-dancing-at-the-rhythm-club

i just posted your event on yelp a few minutes ago and started a thread titled 'May I have this dance?' with links to your event. We'll see what kind of interest comes of this. Log onto yelp-it's free. good luck!



RESPONSES FROM RUSTY'S OPEN LETTER



Nice letter, Rusty. It reminds me of the fact that we have been able to enjoy swing dancing for more years now in this renaissance that we have been fortunate to be a part of than the original folk did the first time around! There is much to be grateful for.

Chandler, Texas



Hi There Rusty,

I appreciate this letter. I am one of the "original" swing dancers - I learned at the age of 10 in 1946. From that time on to the present, it is my favorite activity. I would hope that there would be a place for my husband and me, or just me alone, to go closer to home - Westwood. It is not so much the gas at this point, it's the "driving at night."

Thanks! Nickie Miner

(Anyone come over from Westwood that could pick her up on occasion?)



Nice letter, Rusty, and you are so right. It applies to many things in our life, that when we let them go, including ourselves, they just waste away or go away.

Linda



Good Girl Rusty;

Sometimes, it just needs to be spelled out........

The gas prices end up influencing SO MANY other day to day issues... Like ripples in a pond. It's crippling a lot of people (families especially) but it's about priorities....and keeping a community afloat.....with so many good reasons to do so. And yes, American's are a bit removed from the general European mind-set which I think simplifies things, is less impressed w/ the glitz and bling, and holds Things dear, that are easy, basic, work, and make sense... Americans' are being forced to pull in their belts, but we need to anyway - That still doesn't mean we have to give up our healthy habits!

Again, my hat's off to you for verbalizing some basic, important reminders... And sending an S.O.S. out there for our beloved dance community.

Jann Olson, Santa Barbara



Rusty, that was a WONDERFUL message and I'm so glad you said that. THANK YOU for your support of dancing AND live swing-music!

-Pete Jacobs, Bandleader Wartime Radio Revue


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

STARTING JULY 3RD!

Sign up for classes HERE!


See you on the dance floor!




BETTE DAVIS AT THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN


While browsing around YouTube, I found this wonderful clip of The Hollywood Canteen.

It'll help get you in the mood for our upcoming "Hollywood Canteen" dance with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra on August 17th!

Tickets and info HERE.



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:

Where was the original Hollywood Canteen located?

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:

What two 1940's movie stars started The Hollywood Canteen?

ANSWER:

Bette Davis and John Garfield

WINNER:

Jamie England

*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

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE


DINNER AFTER LEVEL 3 THIS SUNDAY

In celebration of our last Sunday class, we thought it would be fun to go out to dinner after the last class THIS Sunday, June 22. Anyone is welcome to join us. Just meet us at Lindy By The Sea (Rebekah Lodge, 406 East Grand Ave, 90245) at about 5:15 and off we'll go.


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)


NEXT SERIES SCHEDULE



MASTER TRACK - TAKE YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

OPENINGS FOR 4 LEADERS AND 2 FOLLOWERS

If you would like to hold a spot for yourself for the next Master Track, email us.


CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE CLASS



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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

06/18 -- LIVE MUSIC
HARLEY WHITE, JR. QUARTET
From Sacramento!

06/25 -- LIVE MUSIC
KID AND NIC SHOW

07/02 -- BIG BAND NITE!
LADD MACINTOSH SWING ORCHESTRA

7:30-8:00 Beginner Class with Rusty & Gio

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Annie Hartl
David Stockin
David Stokes
Judy Brill
June Hamilton
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!





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.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

An Open Letter From Rusty Frank

Regarding High Gas Prices And Keeping Swing Dancing Alive

June 17, 2008


My dear friends,

I have been giving this a lot of thought over the past two months, and finally decided I would like to share my reflections with you all.

We who live in North America have been so lucky for years with our low gasoline prices; so lucky we just didnÕt even know it. I travel to Europe once or twice a year, and each time I was astounded at the high prices they have been paying all along. As a matter of fact, last month when I was there, they were paying over $100 to fill up a basic car! They always think we are so ŅfunnyÓ to be complaining.

So now that our prices are going up, how will that affect our lives? Our choices of what we do? What we buy? Where we go?

I want to appeal to you, in these musings, to make sure that you consider the following:

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Keep supporting those things you truly love! If you donÕt, they will go away.

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How does that affect swing dancing? Well, bottom line, if you donÕt support the swing dance clubs that keep it going for you year round, wellÉ you can fill in the rest. ItÕs America; you know how it works here.

Swing Dancing was ŅkilledÓ once before, right after WWII. For many reasons, people stopped going out to the nightclubs that featured live bands. Venues just had to shut their doors.

So many of us remember the decades when there was no place to dance, no place to hear live music. It was just a dream of the years gone by.

It wasnÕt until our Swing Dance revival in the late 1990Õs that loads of Swing Dance venues began opening for all of us to enjoy. Imagine how thrilling it was to be able to finally live that dream. Live bands! People to dance with! People who shared the same passion! It was euphoric!

Please - donÕt let what happened in the late Ō40Õs happen again! Keep the Swing Dance clubs alive this time.

How can you do it?

1. Make a commitment to support with the good ol' American dollar those people (like myself at RustyÕs Rhythm Club, the Stevens family at PBDA, Lance Powell at Lindy Groove, Maxwell's Cicada Club, and so on) who keep this scene going for you year after year.

2. Go to their venues and pay your entrance fee with a smile on your face and a thank you in your heart for the fact that you have a place to go dancing.

3. If they have a bar or serve dinner, put extra in your budget to support that, too.

4. Especially make sure to support club nights with live music! By doing so, you are also supporting our wonderful local musicians and their ability to keep doing what they do.

5. Carpool! ItÕs not only good for your pocketbook; itÕs good for the environmentÉ a double good deed.

6. Take your pocket change and put it in a Ņdance fundÓ pot. YouÕd be amazed at how quickly that can add up.

7. Look around and see which regulars are missing, and call them, invite them out.

8. I donÕt mean to pick on Starbucks, but think about how much you spend on one drink there, and maybe decide to share the wealth with your beloved swing dance venues.

9. Maybe youÕve got some more ideas? Share them with others.

What about all these great summer free dances?

Yes, they are terrific. (IÕve always said ŅfreeÓ is one of my favorite words, for many reasons.)

Go out to these free summer dances, dance up a storm, have fun, spread the good word of Swing Dancing. Why not put a few business cards in your pocket from local clubs and hand them out to people when they talk with you about Swing Dancing? IÕve always contended that you dancers are the very best word out there!

So what is the bottom line?

During this time of gas prices going up and the summer free dances, donÕt forget about the clubs whose ongoing survival depends on you. Make sure you include them in your regular dancing plans. YouÕll be the ones who benefit!

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you.

I have been amazed and delighted that we have kept swing dancing alive again for so many years.

LetÕs keep it going and going!

Dancingly,

Rusty Frank http://rustyfrank.com

"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.



UPCOMING SSRC EVENTS

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 performance area.

Current participants include:

Reetha Garretty, Catherine Sayer, Katie Albee, Laura Greenlund, John Apodaca, Scott Giordano, Tony Mercuro, Jeremy Heckman, Rick Goldsmith.

Steve Densmore has volunteered to photograph and eat...Jes has volunteered to shop (spend his money) at the vintage shops...

Any more dancers available?

Jes
RSVP: jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com


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.

RSVP when you have checked your calendar.

Jes
RSVP: jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com



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SwingDance.ru Swing dance surely has a universal appeal. Take a look here at what's happening in Russia and thereabouts.





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* 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