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TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST 2009






"All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused."

~ Martha Graham, 1893-1992



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Getting that Lindy Hop "look
Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos back at the Rhythm Club

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Frankie Manning's Big Apple

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Next Series begins in June
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos
Next week: Ladd MacIntosh Swing Orchestra
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
Big Apple - Wikipedia


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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HOW TO DANCE LIKE A LINDY HOPPER?

I am often asked by students, "How do I get that Lindy Hop 'LOOK'."

Ah, do I well remember those days! I could do the steps, but getting that look was so elusive.

The advice I was given when I was a newbie was to just get out there and dance as much as possible and "it would come."

I was a bit more anxious than that... I just didn't want to wait. But, I saw, wait and dance, dance and wait, was indeed the answer. It was literally that time on the floor, letting everything become muscle memory, looking around at other dancers, and just letting things come in "the back door." It all added up... and after awhile, I could tell I was getting some of that movement.

I got a lot of help from seasoned dancers. I remember them standing in front of a mirror with me, going over and over (and over and over) certain moves so that I could copy them. There were a lot of laughs, too!

Seems to me learning the "boogie moves" that are in the Big Apple (our clip of the week) and The Shim Sham helped tremendously. Some of those are just so crazy and wild, you've gotta move!

And, of course, that good old "silly factor" was paramount. Not being afraid to look silly, goofy, and taking risks... it's all part of becoming a Lindy Hopper. And what fun.


LIL' MO & THE DYNAFLOS

Don't miss another great night at the Rhythm Club tomorrow when we've got you, Robert "The Professor" Vangor, AND Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos!

If you missed them last month, here's a little clip I shot while they were rehearsing. (You figure out where!)

And here's another clip from Viva Las Vegas last week:

See you on the dance floor!




FRANKIE MANNING'S BIG APPLE



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:

Frankie Manning had never seen the Big Apple dance when he choreographed his version in Hollywood.

How did he know what to do?

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:

April is a delightful month as it ushers in Spring for all of us to enjoy. But it was also an important month in swing music history. It was the month the famous radio show, Your Hit Parade first broadcast.

The question this week, is what year was that broadcast?

ANSWER:

April 20, 1935

WINNER:

Melissa Giaquinto

*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.



START DATES FOR NEXT SERIES:
TUESDAYS: JUNE 2
THURSDAYS: JUNE 4

(SCHOOL CLOSED IN MAY)

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This Week's Celebrations


Robina Royer
Shirley Sanders
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!



photos by Jean Tsai





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1. Join our Facebook page "Swing Shift Rhythm Club"
or
2. Send an email to Rita



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Big Apple - Wikipedia - Wikipedia is a wonderful (although not always 100% reliable) source of information. And here you'll find more than you ever needed to know about the Big Apple dance. And it's a fascinating story!





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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!

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