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TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD 2009






" Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good."

~ Edward Demby



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Live Broadcast from Rhythm Club This week
Something new - Swingin' Spotlight
T-Shirt Sale during March
Thanks for a great B-Day

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Camp Jitterbug

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Oh boy! Collegiate Shag, TONITE
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Friends & Family Nite!!! Bring a new guest for FREE.
    7:30pm Beginner Dance Class, followed by
    DJ Robert "the Professor" Vangor &Live music with Phat Cat Swinger
Next week: Something new! Doo-Op group! Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
PDS Luncheon honoring Bob Mackie

SWINGIN' SPOTLIGHT
Swingin' Spotlight

WORKSHOPS
March 21st Balboa Workshop
Mark your calendar

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
BalboaRendezvous.com


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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LIVE BROADCAST
FROM RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
THIS WEEK

It's been a dream of mine for some time, and this week it's finally going to be realized - we're having a live internet broadcast at Rusty's Rhythm Club featuring Phat Cat Swinger. We'll let you know more as we know!

Don't forget - it's Friends & Family Nite tomorrow. Bring a new guest for FREE.



SOMETHING NEW!
"SWINGIN' SPOTLIGHT"

We have so many interesting people in our community, wouldn't it be nice to know a bit about them? I am introducing a new feature for our newsletter: "The Swingin' Spotlight."

The Swingin' Spotlight will be generated by YOU! Either write a bit about yourself or someone you think should be featured. Just shoot me an email with the story and a photo or two.

Take a look at our first edition below.



T-SHIRT SALE DURING MARCH
SALE $10 (REGULARLY $20)

Last week, I put our new T-Shirts on sale for $10, and people seemed to REALLY enjoy that! So I have decided to keep the sale going through March. Happy shopping boys & girls.

Look how nice Julia looks in her yellow shirt!


THANKS FOR THE GREAT BIRTHDAY DANCE!

Yahoo! What a wonderful time I had at my Rhythm Club birthday party last week. I want to thank everyone for joining me in my Western theme... even the band! It was wonderful to hear Will Ryan sing his "Rusty's Rhythm Club" song with Jumpin' Joz. And our Jill and Jack contest was, well, in a word, a "hoot."

I would also like to thank everyone who sent emails and Facebook birthday wishes. Believe it or not the count was 178!

A cowgirl feels quite loved!

I'll have loads of photos in next week's newsletter.

By the way, pictured above are all the USC Cowpokes who came to the roundup!

See you on the dance floor!




CAMP JITTERBUG



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:

What is the band leader's name for Phat Cat Swinger?

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 is Rusty Frank's real name? Extra credit for the middle name.

Hint: All three names have five letters.

ANSWER:

Nancy Ellen Frank

Though, according to her nieces and nephews it's "Aunt Fancy Nancy Good Fruity Flowery Fun Fish"

WINNER:

Leslie Tomlin

*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.



FEBRUARY DANCE CLASSES
OH, BOY! COLLEGIATE SHAG

WHAT IS COLLEGIATE SHAG?

Chances are that by now, even if you don't already dance Shag, you've at least seen it on the dance floor already. Collegiate Shag is known as a fast dance of fun, fancy footwork. It's a great dance to have in your repertoire for spicing up fast songs with extra-crazy moves. Even the most basic Shag steps are a lot of fun to do and watch, and many people find it easier to dance Shag to fast music than Lindy Hop.


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!"



UPCOMING SCHEDULE



CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO

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This Week's Celebrations


Brian Raley
Heather Ellison
Rachel Mellis
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


PROFESSIONAL DANCERS SOCIETY LUNCHEON
HONORING BOB MACKIE!

MARCH 14, 2009

As a board member of The Professional Dancers Society, I am excited to tell about our upcoming luncheon honoring Bob Mackie the amazing designer for so many dancers. Click here to find out all the details.

SWINGIN' SPOTLIGHT
ANGELA GERACI

February 26, 2009

Hello to Rusty and the Rhythm Club Dancers,

I was born in 1923 in Manhattan to Italian parents. My name then was Angela Cipolla. We lived on the fifth floor of a tenement on First Street in Manhattan. It was so warm in the summertime that I used to scare my mother by sleeping out on the fire escape. In these “railroad” style tenements there was only a window at each end. My mother thought I would roll off the fire escape in my sleep and fall through the stair opening.

I learned to dance at local neighborhood dances, family events and high school dances. My father used to take me to the dances at a local bricklayers’ union hall in place of my mother. She really didn’t dance and had to stay home to care for my five siblings. At these union dances they did mostly Foxtrot and Italian dances. It was probably at the dances of the Church of All Nations on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan that I really learned Jitterbug. They usually didn’t have a live band. They played records of all the big bands. At age fifteen, I met my future husband, John Geraci, at one of these dances while playing a girls-against-guys ping-pong tournament. John and I did Jitterbug and all the ballroom dances. He was a good dancer. All the girls used to come up and ask him to dance. We also did Peabody, which was quite a novelty at the dances we attended. It got a lot of attention from onlookers.

My family moved to Brooklyn shortly after I graduated high school in 1941. One of the best neighborhood Jitterbug dances in Brooklyn was only a few blocks from my house on East 9th Street at a rented store. The dance went on every single night from about eight o’clock to midnight. And no one wanted to leave at the end. They played records and we did the Jitterbug nonstop all night. I used to get soaking wet with perspiration and no change of clothes. There were great New York Jitterbuggers there.

Some of my fondest Jitterbug memories are of attending the Friday night dances in 1942 on the Coast Guard base near Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn very near my home. My neighbor’s daughter invited me when she learned that I danced. She had to first get clearance and a badge for me. To get to the Coast Guard base we only had to go one stop on the elevated train from Avenue U to Sheepshead Bay. When we got off the train, there was a Coast Guard bus waiting to pick up all the girls and take us to the base. It was quite a scene. There were hundreds of dancers. Dick Stabile was the house band.

There were some great Jitterbug dancers at these Coast Guard dances. I was shocked at how many out-of-state servicemen could Jitterbug. I had thought it was mainly a New Yorker’s dance. This really surprised me. I mean, they were really good. Some of them threw girls up in the air. The most I did like this was the move where you slide on the floor through the guy’s legs. When the dance was over they made all the girls go directly home. The bus took us back to the train and made sure we boarded.

By 1943, my future husband, John, was in the Army stationed in Africa. For a time he was on the Anzio beachhead. I was working for an insurance company in Manhattan commuting on the subway from Brooklyn. Every day riding to work I would see the same poster in the subway car with a picture of a WAVE in uniform with finger pointing saying “We Want YOU.” I decided to join. If you were under age twenty-one you needed a parent’s signature – which my father absolutely refused. I was able to get around this requirement – but that’s another story. I enlisted as a WAVE and had basic training at Hunter College in the Bronx. I was ultimately assigned for duty at the Navy Annex in Arlington, Virginia. The photo I sent was taken in 1944 in front of the women’s dormitory at Arlington Farms.

Hopefully, I’ve provided what you requested without rambling on too long.

Best Wishes,

Angela Geraci


"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.




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The Balboa Rendezvous is simply the greatest Balboa event in Southern California, if not the world! A load of us always go, so why not join us!

This event is beautiful organized, friendly, has great instructors, dancing to live bands, and an all around great atmosphere -- all in stunny San Diego and the historic Balboa Pavilion.





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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