ANNIVERSARY PARTY JUST WONDERFUL - THANKS TO ALL!
CELEBRATING SWING DANCING ON THE WEST SIDE 1998-2009
Last Wednesday, we had a wonderful party over in Playa Del Rey celebrating 11 years of swing dancing on the West Side. What a time! Ladd McIntosh brought it in once again with his fantastic musical outfit of musicians and singers. Wow! Wow! Wow! Thanks to everyone who made the night great.
THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL WAS THERE
BRIAN GILLIS, AND WE GOT A DANCE, AND SOMEONE GOT IT, AND IT'S ON YOUTUBE
My pal, Brian Gillis, closeup magician extraordinaire, was there to make my night complete. Remember, if it weren't for Brian, we wouldn't be here dancing away (he got me that first teaching job in the South Bay back in 1998). We got to have a lovely dance, and Ava caught it on her little Flip. Click HERE to see us. By the way, Brian gave me one of my favorite two compliments ever. He once said, "You're like dancing with an air girl." Whoopee. My other favorite came in from Scott Cupit (of Swing Patrol, Australia): "Ah, the Rolls Royce." Those are the kind of compliments that make a girl's night!
FILMED SHIM SHAM FOR FRANKIE MANNING AND IT'S UP
Somehow we managed to pull it off, and if you want to see it, go HERE and see our Rhythm Club Shim Sham for Frankie Manning's 95th birthday.
LIVE BROADCAST FROM RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB LAST WEEK
It seems like every now and again people step out of nowhere to enhance our lives. Recently, Jay Goldstein appeared and created a big something out of nothing. He got an entire crew together to film our anniversary party, broadcast it live, created a wonderful nostalgic slideshow, and made our night fantastic!Over 5,000 viewers watched the night while we were enjoying it all in person.
Jay, you're the best! And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Special thanks to Esther, Kevin and Sequoia Sound for their tireless dedication and generosity.
If you want to relive the music of that night, you can, by clicking right HERE.
BALBOA WORKSHOP A HIT
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR "LOVELY ASSISTANTS", SALLY, ERIC,AND ANNIE!
About 50 people showed up on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to add a bit of Bal to their tootsies, and boy, oh, boy did we all have fun.
Ron and the lovely Sally taught a room full intermediates, and I, assisted by the wonderful Eric and Annie, introduced a room full of beginners to the joy of bal.
Thanks to our "lovely assistants" for making it possible.
Make sure to check out our next workshop coming up on April 11th with once again the magnificant Erik Robison. Read on!
See you on the dance floor!
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:*
Before they were famous, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman all played in a pit orchestra for a musical. What was the name of that musical?
Send your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Who made up the Shim Sham?
Leonard Reed & Willie Bryant in 1927. They were asked to put together a number that was so easy that everyone in the Whitman Sisters' show in which they were appearing could do it.
*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.
On Saturday, March 21, the SSRC presented a swing dance program at Westwood Horizons. The house was packed! We had a very large audience in attendance. They enjoyed having us dance for & with them; and have already invited us back for Christmas! Debbie was the emcee announcing the big band music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and songs by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald among others. Several residents were up dancing with us - some in their 90's. And we later heard stories of theirs about having danced at L.A.'s Paladium & New York's Roseland. We also demonstrated a birthday dance in celebration of three of the residents.
Swing dancers who participated were: John Apodaca, Rita Catanzarite, Eric Chen, Ryan Cooper, Jessica Densmore, Elaine Dinces, Scott Giordano, Hilja Jacknowitz, Helen Jordan, June Mikrut, Tony Mercuro, Mitch Paradise, Robin, Laura Stella, and Debbie Wastling. And our photographer Steve Densmore.
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!):