A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Win the next Raffle -- 2 Free Tickets to Maxwell's 39th B-Day at Cicada Club
What a month in store for us at Rusty's Rhythm Club
More responses to my Open Letter
Beginning Classes move to Thursdays, July 3!
Jaime & Marcus moving -- last Tuesday tonight
Maxwell Demille's Annual 39th B-Day party at the Cicada Club is sure to be one of THE events of the season. With the 20 piece big band -- Dean Mora and His Orchestra -- and many special guests, you'll definitely want to go for this raffle!
So don't miss out on your chance... and get your tickets today to our Hollywood Canteen dance with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra!
FIRST RAFFLE CLOSED
WINNER CHOSEN TOMORROW AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
RAFFLE WINNER GETS A FREE PRIVATE LESSON WITH RUSTY
Tomorrow nite we'll be choosing the first winner for our "A Night At The Hollywood Canteen with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra" raffle (from those first 50 people who already bought their dance tickets). The raffle winner gets a free one-hour private lesson (for one or two people) with yours truly - value $80!
WHAT A MONTH AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
Ladd McIntosh Back on July 2nd!
July is going to be amazing. We've got some sensational band throughout the month, so you'll really want to mark your calendar so you don't miss a night.
I am thrilled to report that we've got Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra back for July 2nd. You all went nuts over him when he debuted at the club recently. Make sure to let everyone know he's coming back.
Then on July 9th, we've got another debut for us -- Mark Tortorici and His Torchlighters. Trust me, they are wonderful. Ask anyone who's heard them, and I am sure they'll agree.
Hawaiian! Pull out your grass skirt and cocoanuts for our Hawaiian themed nite with the Fabulous Esquires on July 16th.
And it goes on and on! Stay tuned for further announcements and more good news.
MORE RESPONSES TO MY OPEN LETTER
I want to thank all of you who came out to the Rhythm Club last week! We had a great night of dancing, music, and birthdays. Let's keep the ball rolling all through the summer, and keep swing dancing/music alive and kicking. I also want to thank everyone who sent in such beautiful and encouraging responses to my "Open Letter" about rising gas prices and keeping Swing Dancing alive through it all. I have included it in this newsletter below in case you missed it first time around (Click HERE).
CAN YOU POST FLYERS AT YOUR WORK PLACE?
Some of you came up to me and mentioned that you could put some of Rhythm Club & Lindy By The Sea materials in your work place. That's GREAT!
If you have a "coffee room" or bulletin board where you could post our stuff, let me know, and I'll get you the materials. Or... just grab them at the club or classes. Thanks again.
HERE ARE MORE RESPONSES
That was a timely and moving letter about keeping swing dance alive. You have such a great thing going at the Rhythm Club - the music, the dancing, the social aspect. After my divorce, I decided it would be better to spend money on Lindy classes than on a counselor - and I was right! Your classes and the Rhythm Club have been so good for my sense of joy and well being. I would rather cut back in other areas than give up the dancing.
Beautifully written - and everyone's talking about it online (it's been forwarded to me by several folks with "I agree" messages!).
Right on Rusty! Keep on dancin' everybody!
Pops & Mrs. Pops
San Francisco Bay Area
That's a great letter.
I can draw so many parallels to the dance scenes here in Australia... I
think sometimes newer dancers can be a little complacent as they have
always had an abundance of places to go and dance... they have never
known it to be any other way.
This is a very well thought and nice letter. Thank you for putting your great thoughts out there in a way that shows how much you care. I agree with everything you said. We live in Ventura county and have always carpooled and we don't plan to stop dancing!
Drummer, The Jive Aces, United Kingdom
Lots of life happening here...but Walter and I hope to come back to class soon!
LINDY BY THE SEA -- SUNDAY'S MOVE TO THURSDAYS!
HERE'S OUR NEW SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
We're sad to report that two of our most enthusiastic Tuesday night students, Jaime & Marcus Puccioni, are moving back east this week, and tonight will be their last night of classes. Make sure to give them a big hug and all good wishes.
We're hoping they can make it to The Rhythm Club on Wednesday for a "Goodbye" Dance.
See you on the dance floor!
MORE HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN
Here's some more history about The Hollywood Canteen. Start looking for what you'll wear at our upcoming "Hollywood Canteen" dance with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra on August 17th!
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.
Shari Campbell (my very FIRST student!)
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.
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:
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!
"Making a difference through swing dancing"
JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!
UPCOMING SSRC EVENTS
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.
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...
kaykyser.net/ Move over, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY... the "Ol' Professor", Kay Kyser is BACK!
He was one of the most outrageous, over the top performers of the whole swing era. From the late 30s to the late 40s he was the physical embodiment of the word success, with eleven #1 records and thirty-five top tens! He starred in seven feature films with such co-stars as Lucille Ball, John Barrymore, Karloff, Lugosi, Lorre. Kyser kept his radio show, Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge in the top ten for eleven years on NBC, yet if you ask the average swing fan about him today, they'll likely reply, "Kay Kyser. Who's she?"
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!):