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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 2008






"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals."


~Miranda Weese


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Had a great trip -- and my pictures are up
Bonus Holiday Class on Tuesday! (make sure to let everyone know)
Holiday Party next week!!!
Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Give the gift of dance

CLIP OF THE WEEK
A Day At the Races

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Last classes of 2008 next week.
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Big Lucky
Next week: Holiday Party! Formal Attire -- The Fabulous Esquires
Club dark through holidays, reopens on January 14th!
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

SCRAPBOOKS
Rusty's trip pictures up
Follow all our swingin' activities

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
Upcoming Event & Report on Last weekend's event
"Fun & Philanthropy" -- Join our club

LINK OF THE WEEK
Rusty's On Tap -- for your Holiday Shopping Pleasure


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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HAD A GREAT TRIP -- MY PICTURES ARE UP

It was a wonderful two weeks in Austria, Germany, and Italy. It snowed and rained almost every day (which is something we don't get to see out here that often). All the classes were loads of fun, and I also had really nice adventures during my free time.

Scrapbook of Vienna
Scrapbook of Munich & Innsbruck
Scrapbook of Genoa & Venice

Thanks again to everyone who kept things running smoothly in my absense!

Looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Rhythm Club.


LINDY BY THE SEA BONUS HOLIDAY CLASSES ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16!

Last night at class, the Tuesday students wouldn't let us end the Lindy By The Sea 2008 classes. They demanded (very sweetly) that we have classes next week. What can we say? They talked us in to it!

So here's what we're going to do:

8:00-9:00 Featured Class -- one more go at The Big John Special routine
9:00-10:00 Special Holiday class -- be surprised

Make sure to let your fellow classmates know!


HOLIDAY PARTY NEXT WEEK AT RHYTHM CLUB
DECEMBER 17

Our Holiday Party is always one of the highlights of the year. We get to really dress up (formal!), we get great music (The Fabulous Esquires), and we get to celebrate the holidays. Don't forget we even get to Polka to Tom Lehrer's "I'm Spending Hanukah in Santa Monica"!

It will be our last Rhythm Club until we come back on January 14th.

Make sure to join us at our wonderful holiday party.

Here's a few photos from last year:

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT?
GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE

It's that time of year, the holidays have snuck up on you, and you're desperately thinking of perfect holiday gifts. Here's some ideas!

SOME GREAT DANCE GIFT IDEAS AT



- SERIES OF SWING DANCE CLASSES
AT LINDY BY THE SEA

- A PRIVATE LESSON WITH RUSTY

- PASS(ES) TO THE RHYTHM CLUB

- INSTRUCTIONAL LINDY & TAP DVD(S)

- SWING MUSIC CD(S)

For dance lessons and Rhythm Club passes, contact me by phone 310.606-5606 or email info@rustyfrank.com

Take a look at all the great dance items in my Shop. Make sure to give us plenty of time for shipping.


See you on the dance floor!




One of the GREAT Lindy Hop clips - "A Day At The Races". Features Whitey's Lindy Hoppers



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:*


QUIZ:

Who is the singer in the Clip of the Week? (Hint: She sang with Duke Ellington)

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

QUIZ:

How many Lindy Hop DVDs does Rusty sell on her shop page?

I know, this is a cheap ploy to get you to go to my online store and look and see all the goodies I've got.

ANSWER:

9

WINNER:

Brenda Toy

*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.



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MASTER TRACK - TAKE YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

OPENINGS FOR 3 LEADERS AND NO 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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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008
BIG LUCKY


COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

12/17 -- HOLIDAY PARTY!
Dress Formal The Fabulous Esquires

12/24, 12/31, AND 1/7
THE RHYTHM CLUB WILL BE DARK

HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON

01/14 -- FRIENDS AND FAMILY NITE


LIVE MUSIC
Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Emily Callahan
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!






"Making a difference through swing dancing"


JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!

Subscribe to Swing Shift Rhythm Club

The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) goals:
Fun & Philanthropy

Anyone can join!
See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.



Earlwood Care Center, Torrance, Saturday, Dec. 13, '08 2-3PM Event

Another Holiday Event scheduled!!!

Earlwood Care Center
20820 Earl Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Located behind Little Company of Mary Hospital

Activity Coordinators Natty and Joy are looking forward to having us dance for their residents again - one of the residents is Jamie England's Mom, Marie, and she wants to see all his friends dance. Many residents here are wheelchair-bound but, remember one resident, John, even joined us by leading us with a double-bug demo from his wheels - and one resident startled us when her heart monitor went off...so they are enthusiastic!!!

jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com

Let's make someone (or lots of ones!!!) happy!!!


REPORT
Downey Retirement Center Event of Sat., Dec. 6,'08
from Jessica Densmore

Scott and John scheduled this Event and planned the recruiting, script and playlist to entertain the residents at Downey Retirement Center. Sharon, John's niece, is Activity Coordinator at this facility. It's well-known to us as a lively group of seniors.

Many have shared that they danced to the '30s and '40s Big Bands. As we walked through the doors we saw big smiles and comments of "It's the Jitterbugs". One of the residents, apparently in the Military during WWII, saw Scott and Tony in their vintage uniforms, and promptly returned wearing his original uniform. Photos were taken and will be posted on the photo section of the SSRC website. Of course the residents who were willing and able joined us during many of the music selections - those photos also to be posted.

Scott based the Holiday Playlist on a Holiday Program done during the war years by Glenn Miller. He did not do a formal script, but preceded each selection with such interesting historical tidbits as the fact that much of Glenn Miller's music was not released until 1994 because of some copyright laws in effect during the time he was in the Military - so there is a wealth of Glenn Miller material to be discovered by his "new" fans. Also, that Benny Goodman was so discouraged with his cross- country tour that he almost gave up before coming to L.A. He and his band entered the Palomar and were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from the audience - the rest is well-known history...swing became "the thing".

Our participants came despite freeway detours and long distance commutes, and included:

Scott Giordano, John Apodaca, Tony Mercuro, Jeremy Heckman, Laura Greenlund, Carol Hackett, Julia Voce, Myron (last name?), Naomi (last name?) and Todd (last name?), Mark (last name?), Norman Kajikawa (who took photos) and Jes (who also took photos).

One of the residents, Midge, said she remembered doing all this dancing when she was young. She was asked, "Did your feet hurt when you finished a night of dancing?". Her reply..."They still do!!!".

Resident Jessie, originally from Leeds, in England, said she missed her British friend, Debbie, who usually narrates - she said to tell her "hello".

I think this Event was well received, don't you?

Thanks to everyone who took time out from their busy schedules to bring some entertainment to a very appreciative audience. Special thanks to John and Sharon for scheduling the Event, Scott for putting together the playlist and extensive historical research, Norman for taking photos, and the residents for making us feel so welcome. Also to Fons who apparently fowarded our Event announcement to the Third Street Swinger List.

Jes


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On Tap - Lindy Hop & Tap Store: Okay, every now and again I get to put my own shop as the Link! So many of you don't know I have this online store... so here it is for your holiday shopping.





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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