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TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH 2009




Gene Krupa


"Dancing is like bank robbery.
It takes split-second timing"

~ Twyla Tharp



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Thanks to all for a GREAT 11th Anniversary
Wonderful Balboa Workshop

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Gene Krupa

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Neil Morrow and His Memphis 54
Next week: Swing Cats Big Band (Rhythm Club Debut!)
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

WORKSHOPS
Erik Robison Workshop, April 11, 2009
Mark your calendar

SCRAPBOOKS
Jean Tsai pics up - from Rusty's Cowpoke B-Day Party
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
IAmLindyHop.com


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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!




GENE KRUPA



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:

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 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:

Who made up the Shim Sham?

ANSWER:

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.

WINNER:

Sandra Carranza

*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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photos by Jean Tsai

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This Week's Celebrations


Alzbeta Smith
Glenn Parkison
Joseph Rocamora
Klara Farberov
Paul Fabre

and our very own
Giovanni Quintero
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!

EVENT REPORT
by Rita

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.

We all enjoyed an upbeat afternoon.

Rita


"Making a difference through swing dancing"


JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NOW!

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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.




All Scrapbooks! Click HERE



New Scrapbook of Rusty's B-Day Western Party - Part One HERE

and

New Scrapbook of Rusty's B-Day Western Party - Part 2 HERE





IamSwing.com was created by Pasadena swing guru Ben Yau. His idea was to promote a global lindy community. This site is so cool, because it allows you to pick a square and put your picture in it.

I'd really like to encourage all our international readers to go on this site to make it the truly global site for which it is intended!





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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
Rita & Debbie, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Good Sheperd Shelter" Events Coordinator

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp