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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH 2009





Don't knock the rock!

--"Don't Knock The Rock" 1956 Plot: A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.


DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
It' good to be home, looking forward to a wonderful year
Our special "cause" -- The Good Sheperd Shelter
USC classes begin tonight

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Don't Knock The Rock

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Tuesday Update -- take a look
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Our own "Don't Knock The Rock" with Neil Morrow
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Super Lindy Hopper Hero saves Prague
Cicada Club - Tribute to the Cocoanut Grove

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
Pandora


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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GREAT TO BE HOME -- LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL YEAR!

After being on and off the road for the past three months, it's just GREAT to be home at last. My next big teaching trip isn't until May, so I can finally put that suitcase and winter coat away back in the closet. Phew.

The past two trips were just terrific.

THE LINDY CRUISE

The Lindy Cruise, with over 140 swing dancers in the Western Caribbean, was fantastic. Two of our students even got married there... Brian and Kimmy Raley.

Chris, Rachel, and I got to swim with dolphins. A bunch of us went snorkeling with stingrays. Loads of dressy-uppy affairs on board ship. Great swing dances inside and out. Rafting up river in Jamaica with Jean Veloz.

I've loaded up some of my pics for you to enjoy. Click HERE.

By the way, it looks like it's all happening again next January and a bunch of us have already signed up. Stay tuned for more news.


LECTURE TOUR IN NEW YORK

Back for only four days, I was again on the road, this time from tropical to minus eight degrees! Yep, al the way to upstate New York. I gave fourteen lecture/demonstrations on the history of American Jazz Dance.

Some of the highlights of this trip were meeting up with my old tap dance partner from 1992, Carlos Jones, meeting the local Albany swing dancers, giving the presentation in two elementary schools, and watching 90 year youngsters Lennie and Naomi Tucker do "The Savoy" for me. I took a short clip, and thought you might enjoy it, too.

Another special highlight for me was watching the inauguration in the Albany Library with about 50 people on a 1970's Magnavox tv (complete with "snow" and rabbit ears).

HERE'S TO A WONDERFUL 2009

Yes, we all know the nightly news reports are full of doom and gloom. If it's getting you down, remember what utter joy and euphoria dancing can bring into your life and in the lives of those around you.

I planning on a year full of great classes, dances, and workshops for all of us to enjoy.

Happy, happy New Year.


OUR SPECIAL "CAUSE"
THE GOOD SHEPERD SHELTER

During the past two years, we seem to have picked up a special cause for our dancing feet -- The Good Sheperd Shelter. I am so proud of all you dancers who have joined our fundraisers in the past, and I know we'll have plenty more this year. See below in the SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS for an upcoming event. Special thanks to Cathryn Sayre "Capt Fun" for heading up these events.


USC CLASSES BEGIN TONIGHT

If you happen to know any students over at USC who need a little diversion, let them know that Gio and are beginning a 10-week series of beginning and intermediate classes tonight. (With special guest substitute for Gio -- Erik Robison!)

Click HERE for info and registration.

See you on the dance floor!




DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK!



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:

In "Don't Knock The Rock," what was the "rock"?

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:

What was Glenn Miller's middle name?

ANSWER:

Glenn! His real name was Alton Glenn Miller

WINNER:

Ksenia

*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.




UPDATE

Just wanted to remind everyone that the Tuesday dates changed a bit because of last week's class cancellation. Make a note of our new dates below and on the year's schedule.

Make sure to let your fellow classmates know!


REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE

CHECK FOR UPCOMING SERIES START DATES HERE



REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE


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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"The home of happy peppy people!"



SCHEDULE

DATE BAND ADMISSION
January 28, 2009 LIVE MUSIC!
Neil Morrow and
His Memphis 54
$12
February 4, 2009 LIVE MUSIC!
Big Lucky
"Friends & Family Nite"
Bring a guest for FREE!
7:30 Beginner Swing Dance Class
$15
February 11, 2009 VALENTINE'S PARTY
BIG BAND NITE
The Fabulous Esquires

dress up in Red & White
$15
February 18, 2009 LIVE MUSIC!
The Rhythm Club All-Stars
$12

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Bob Leone
Edwin Chin
Jenny Haynes
Kimmy Raley
Liz Mackelvey
Michael D’Angelo
Rose Bui
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!







SUPER LINDY HOPPER HERO!

Eric Floen and Annie Hartl took a winter holiday trip to Europe. Here super-swing dance-hero Eric Floen gets ready to save the day in Prague, Czech Republic.

Remember to bring your Lindy By The Sea t-shirt when you travel, take a picture, and get on our website HERE!


CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO

"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.



FUNDRAISER FOR THE GOOD SHEPERD SHELTER AT RUBYS!
FEBRUARY 7, 2009

Mark your calendars to save Feb 7 to help in the Fundraising for The Good Shepherd Battered Women's Shelter. It will be at Ruby's in Redondo Beach.

The attached flyer will be available for one and all to pass out. Please pass it out to as many people as you can to have dinner at Ruby's on Sat Feb 7. For every person that shows up between 5pm - 9pm and gives the flyer to the waitress, the Shelter will earn 20% of the meal. Last year over $260.00 was raised!

I also will ask for volunteers to come and dance in front of Ruby's between 5pm - 7pm only. You can dance as long as you want. We "technically" are not suppose to pass the flyers out once there, but if someone does ask we can give them one. The dancing does bring attention to our cause. I will have "sand" to put on the cement to make the dancing easier, and Ruby's will supply the water.

Come dance and dine with us,there still is time to go to other venues once the event is over.

Thank you for all your past help in supporting the Shelter. It is so greatly appreciated by the children, parents and the counselors.

Please forward this email to everyone you know who might be able to dance or pass out flyers.

Thanks so much...

Cathryn Sayre Capt. Fun


2008 EVENTS SUMMARY
FROM JESSICA DENSMORE
SSRC COORDINATOR RETIRED

Our 2008 SSRC Events calendar averaged about one event per month and featured several of our "regulars" not just dancing but planning and coordinating Events.

In February we visited Earlwood Care Center in Torrance. March - Downey Retirement Center had us bring in Sally and her husband to feature Irish dancing. April - Huntington Retirement Center had us doing a special birthday dance for some dear retired Sisters; Cap'n Fun began coordinating Ruby's Diner Events in Redondo Beach which lasted monthly through the end of the year to benefit the Good Shepherd Shelter with gift certificates rewarded to students living there with their mothers. May saw us dancing at the Downey Care Center (a different facility than Downey Retirement Center). June - Heritage Rehab. Center in Torrance was planned and coordinated by Debbie .

Two Torrance Events, the Historical Society and Torrance High School, did not happen as planned - however, John Apodaca was contacted by the City of Norwalk to recruit swing dancers to perform during the annual Halloween parade.

Melissa, of the Fabulous Esquires, referred us to the Emeritus-in-Whittier Retirement facility and we performed there in November for their Veteran's Day festivities. Scott and John, Debbie and Rita planned and coordinated the December Christmas programs at Downey Retirement Center, Earlwood Care Center, (our Huntington Retirement Center was cancelled at the last minute) and Mary Crest Manor in Culver City.

Catherine "Cap'n Fun" and her "Elf" Emily, also collected gifts for the residents in several Torrance area facilities and delivered them personally to many who would not have had any gifts for the holidays.

Our volunteer program has had much more involvement in planning and coordinating of Events this year, and has resulted in much more variety for the dancing participants and more involvement in our Southern CA communities. In light of the ongoing growth and variety of the program I have asked Debbie Wastling, Rita Catanzarite, Scott Giordano and John Apodaca to take over and continue the planning and coordinating of future events. Catherine "Cap'n Fun" Sayre always seems to find "good deeds" to do and I foresee her continuing to do so.

Thank you to all the dancers who have participated and helped me with this program over the years, including not only dancing but coordinating, recruiting, narrating and "special" features such as Irish dance and vocalists. When Mike Klug was no longer able to work on the program back in 2003, we never dreamed it would grow into what we have today. Our "scripts" always include interesting "swing trivia" and our music includes jazz and swing from the '20s through the '60s. Dancers please note this quote from recent volunteer Myron - "this is the easiest volunteer program I have ever seen...I just show up and dance...". Please continue to show up and dance - as our old friend Margie Kate would say - "Peace Through Lindy Hop".

Jessica Densmore No-Longer-Coordinator SSRC

PS ...and last but not least, a special thank-you to my hubby Steve, who was often available to help with equipment set-up and photography. Thank you, Honey...


SSRC REPORT
FROM RITA CATANZANTE

On Saturday, December 20, the Swing Shift Rhythm Club presented a program of swingin' Christmas music, singing, & dancing at the Mary Crest Manor in Culver City.

Beginning the program were Christmas songs sung by two of Debbie Wastling's lovely students, Audrey and Samantha, accompanied by Debbie on the piano. Then, the dancing began! Mostly lindy, with Balboa, cha cha, fox trot, & waltz also lighting up the scene to the Christmas music of Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more. A birthday dance was demonstrated for Dorothy with Rita "dancing in" for her. Our audience was attentive, their clappers loudly proclaiming their appreciation. Although none could join us on the dance floor, their interest and enthusiasm was evident as we spoke with people after the performance.

The participants were: Myron Ahn, John Apodaca, Mark Barclay, Julia Cardenas, Rita Catanzarite, Scott Giordano, Hilja Jacknowitz, Helen Jordan, Norman Kajikawa, Henri Kaplan, Ron Parker, Debbie Wastling, Byron, Lisa, and Ted Stanley.

Everyone enjoyed this lovely afternoon of Christmas cheer.

Rita

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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

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