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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST 2009




"The Helicopter"! We'll be teaching this great aerial at our July 18th Workshop.
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"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie."

~ Agnes de Mille



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Friends & Family Nite at Rusty's Tonight
Save the Date ~ July 15th at Rusty's
        DVD Release Party with Jean Veloz & Stompy Jones
Beginner Series starts tomorrow night ~ Spread the word!

WORKSHOPS
Aerials Workshop ~ July 18
Mark your calendar

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Lady of Burlesque (The Rhythm Club Stomp)

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Featured Class 1 - More Balboa
Featured Class 2 - Lindy Hop Strolls!
Next Series begins Tuesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 2
Info on current and upcoming classes

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Jumpin' Joz
        Friends & Family Nite! Bring a new guest for FREE
        7:30 Beginner lesson
Next week: Big Band Nite ~ Geo Valle Swing City
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
"Web Site Story" ~ Ya just gotta see this!

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

SCRAPBOOKS
Follow all our swingin' activities

PRIVATE LESSONS WITH RUSTY
Special on Private Lessons with Rusty

LINK OF THE WEEK
PBS - The Depression & Swing


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"FRIENDS & FAMILY" AT RUSTY'S TONITE!

BRING A NEW GUEST FOR FREE
AND A BEGINNER SWING DANCE CLASS AT 7:30PM

AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN NOW BUY THEM A DRINK!


Whoopee!

JEAN VELOZ DVD AVAILABLE!
MAKE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR COPY FOR JEAN TO PERSONALLY SIGN ON JULY 15

Save the date -- Wednesday, July 15th. That's when we're gonna have our DVD Release Party with Jean Veloz IN PERSON! The band? Stompy Jones ~ making their Rusty's Rhythm Club debut. More soon.

You can get the DVD my website here:
http://rustyfrank.com/shop/ontap.asp
or at class and the club. Be ready for Jean Veloz to personally sign your copy!

I couldn't be more proud to present these legendary swing dancers from the 1940s. Jean Veloz and her little brother Ray Phelps are two of the most highly praised dancers from the Golden Era of Swing. This DVD was a true labor of love for me. I wanted to present, not only their moves, but their life story through their own voices, pictures, and clips. It's all there, on this two-DVD set.

HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE DVD



CALLING ALL BEGINNERS!

SPREAD THE WORD ON SWING!

LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT OUR BEGINNER SERIES STARTING TOMORROW NIGHT

You are all definitely the best word out there for keeping our swing dance scene alive and kicking.

As we are starting a new four-week beginner series tomorrow night, I thought I would give you a little reminder to let everyone you know in on our fun world!

Go HERE for info on our classes.

THURSDAYS: JULY 2 REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE


See you on the dance floor!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND GET THE DISCOUNT!

AERIALS WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, JULY 18TH, 12:00pm-2:00pm




Our June Aerials workshop was such a hit, all the students begged us to do another one right away. And loads of you called me, crying, that you couldn't make the June date, and wouldn't we please do another one soon. So here ya go! Aerials are those flashing moves where someone goes in the air (usually, but not always, the girl). Originally called "Air Steps," aerials have always played a part in Lindy Hop during performances, competitions, and jam sessions.

This workshop will focus on aerials that anyone from a beginner to advanced dancer can do.

Take a look below for all the details.



CLIP OF THE WEEK
LADY OF BURLESQUE

For all of those in our Lindy Strolls class, here is the clip I was talking about last night. For everyone else -- enjoy!



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:

Name two movies in which Jean Veloz was featured during the 1940s

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 year did Prohibition end in the USA?
And at Rusty's Rhythm Club?

ANSWER:

1933 & 2009

WINNER:

Teresa London -- who toasted with a nice Martini!

*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 30
THURSDAYS: JULY 2

REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE

CHECK FOR FUTURE START DATES HERE



REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE

JULY FEATURED CLASSES!

8:00 Featured Class - Lindy Strolls
9:00 Featured Class - Ongoing Balboa

Last night in class, the students came up with a great idea for our second Featured Class - The Lindy Strolls. Of course, your wish is our command.

The Lindy Strolls are used widely around the world, and every Lindy Hopper worth their shoes should be able to jump into the fray when the dancers get going.

We'll be teaching:

The Shim Sham

The Shim Sham originated by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant as a tap dance in the late 1920's and adopted by Lindy Hoppers in the 1930's. The dance was greatly simplified by dropping all the taps (ask me to show you the tap version some time). Of all the Lindy Strolls, it is the most well-known and widely used, kept alive in great part to the recently departed Lindy great, Frankie Manning. It can be danced to any 32 bar structured swing song. See sample HERE on Youtube.

The Jitterbug Stroll

The Jitterbug Stroll is a swing line dance choreographed in 1992 by Ryan Francois, a Lindy Hop dancer and teacher from London. It is danced to swing music with 12 bar blues structure such as Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball" or Steven Mitchell's "The Jitterbug Stroll", a modern song created for this choreography. See Marcus and Baerble lead a group in the Jitterbug Stroll HERE on Youtube.

Rusty's Rhythm Club Stomp

The Rhythm Club Stomp was introduced by Rusty Frank & Peter Flahiff in 2000. It is a one-chorus routine derived from the opening chorus number in the movie "Lady of Burlesque," featuring Barbara Stanwyck. Like the Shim Sham, it is a stroll and no partner is needed. Makes a great performance number and is fun to do at a dance (very easy to learn on the spot!) It can be danced to any 32 bar structured swing song. HERE'S the movie version! And HERE'S Rusty demonstrating it.


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IT'S THIS WEDNESDAY!




UPCOMING SCHEDULE




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This Week's Celebrations


Janet Meadows
Jill Schwartzberg
Keith Storm
Stacy Gale
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




"WEB SITE STORY"

Avid swing dancer and film historian sent over this hilarious parody of West Side Story. As I know a lot of you 1. Sit in front of the computer all day, 2. Love old movies, I could not resist including this in the newsletter.


HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB:

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



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SPECIAL ON PRIVATE LESSONS WITH RUSTY

Have you ever wanted to take a private lesson with Rusty? It's one of the best ways to get a dancing "tune-up."

Normally $80/hour (for one or two people), there's now a special package:

          $80 for one lesson

          $75/ea for two lessons

          $70/ea for three lessons

Remember, you can share this lesson with another person. If you signed up for three lessons, they would only be $35 each! What a bargain.

Call me at 310 606 5606 to set yours up!


PBS - The Depression & Swing ~In the mid-1930s, as the Great Depression stubbornly refused to lift, jazz came as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music. It had a new name now Swing and its impact was revolutionary. Swing rescued the recording industry. In 1932, just 10 million records had been sold in the United States. By 1939, that number would grow to 50 million. Swing which had grown up in the dancehalls of Harlem would become the defining music for an entire





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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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