RUSTY'S ELEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
CELEBRATING NEXT WEEK AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
I honestly can't believe it's been ELEVEN years since I started this swing dance business. Goodness gracious! It's time to party! I've got the best swing orchestra in Los Angeles (the world?) for us. Hope to see you all there.
P.S. Don't forget to wear some green for St. Paddy's.
It was back in May of 1998 that I was asked to teach a weekly Wednesday swing dance class at Point 705 in Hermosa Beach. It was one of those fateful stories... right time right place... just deciding to go out the front door making all the difference.
I had come back to America, after a two-year stint dancing in Europe, and was out dancing one January in 1998 at the world famous Derby. At this time, swing dancing was riding the crest of the resurgence wave of popularity, and the Derby was packed nightly. Magician Brian Gillis was there with a group of friends. We had some super fun dances, and he took my card with the idea of taking private dance lessons with his girlfriend. Jump forward some months. I get a call from Brian, "My friends are opening a new restaurant and want to have a swing night. I told them about you... ya wanna teach a class there on Wednesdays?" Well, the rest, as they say, is now swing dance history. I had since teamed up with Peter Flahiff, and he and I hosted the weekly dance there until we moved to our current Rhythm Club location in 2001.
During our first months at 705, people repeatedly asked us to start some on-going lessons. Our first location was Episcopal by the Sea (thereby getting our name, Lindy By The Sea). We later moved to The Neptunian Women's Club, and then to our current location at Rebekah Lodge.
Peter moved on at the end of 2002, and Ron Campbell and Giovanni Quintero joined the teaching team at the start of 2003.
How many people have passed through the doors of Lindy By The Sea and the Rhythm Club? Literally thousands. And they keep on comin' through these doors.