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WEDNESDAY, JULY 22ND 2009




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A NOTE FROM RUSTY
"Bring A Buddy" Month
Rusty & Jean Veloz in Santa Barbara Saturday
The Great LA Swing Scavenger Hunt - let's have a Rusty's team!
Rudy's Get Well Card a hit

WORKSHOPS
Aerials Workshop Saturday ~ August 15
Mark your calendar

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Buck Privates

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Bring A Buddy Month starts next week
Featured Class 1 - Lindy Charleston Variations
Featured Class 2 - Ongoing Balboa
Next Series begins Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30
Info on current and upcoming classes


RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Swing Syndicate
Next week: Big Band Nite with Ladd McIntosh
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
La Monica Ballroom Redux 7/23
DeMille's Annual 39th Birthday Party 7/26
Polliwog Park Swing Dance 8/23

COMMUNIQUE
The Best Dance Ever ~ The Moon Walk 40 years ago

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

SCRAPBOOKS
Aerials Workshop & Stompy Jones & 4th of July pics up
Follow all our swingin' activities

PRIVATE LESSONS WITH RUSTY
Special on Private Lessons with Rusty

LINK OF THE WEEK
ALHC
Read about our special guest at next week's Rhythm Club


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BRING A BUDDY MONTH

It's been over two years since our last "Bring A Buddy" Month. What way to bring a bit more fun into your friends and families lives than by personally escorting them to their first swing dance class?

FREE CLASSES FOR YOU!

Here's the lowdown:

It's called "Bring A Buddy" Month, and you get to come take the series for FREE when you bring a buddy to Level 1 on July 30th. *Free Classes apply to current/former Lindy By The Sea students

They'll love you for it! Think of it, you'll be bringing dance, music, friends, exercise, and joy into their lives.

So start beating those drums, and let everyone know about our Bring A Buddy Month.


JEAN VELOZ & RUSTY FRANK IN SANTA BARBARA
THIS SATURDAY, JULY 25

I'm pleased to announced the I'll be joining Jean Veloz up in Santa Barbara for a very special event this Saturday nite. If you are anywhere in the area or so inclined to make the beautiful drive... it'll be terrif!

What an evening:

I'll be showing some of her fabulous 1940's movie clips at 7:00pm and interviewing her, then at 8:00 I'll be assisting her and Jonathan Bixby (a student of Dean Collins) in Whip (aka Swingout) stylings. Then at 9:00, let the dancing begin with their swing dance to live music with Dynamo Jump.


GREAT LA SWING SCAVENGER HUNT
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 26

This sounds like sooooooooooo much fun. We just have to have a Rusty's team. Take a look at the event on it's Facebook page.

Here's the scoop directly from its organizer, Hilary Alexander:

Get out your fanny packs, visors and comfortable shoes, it's time for The Great LA Swing Scavenger Hunt!

WHEN: Sunday, July 26th, 11:30 AM 3 PM, start time noon sharp

WHERE: Meet at The Derby, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd. Meet us around the corner at the Derby entrance on Hillhurst. Please be on time at 11:30 AM so we have time to explain the rules and answer any questions.

WHAT: Visit past and present LA swing dance venues, answer trivia questions, pick up dance-related items, name that tune, learn about the LA 90's swing revival, meet fellow dancers, win cool prizes, have fun!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: One car, a CD player, any maps/iPhones to map out your route, at least three people, digital camera, pens, sense of humor, $20

HOW IT WORKS: Contestants to form teams of at least three people (you'll need two people to appear in each photo and one photographer), each team to consist of one carload of people (so if you want to bring more people and you're using a minivan, go for it). When you arrive at the Derby each team will draw your "dance pose" and a list of past and present dance venues. This is the pose we'll ask one couple from your team to perform in front of each swing venue. Each photo must consist of the same two people doing the same pose and including the identifying architecture (sign, window, etc) that we specify for each venue. The list of venues will be in no particular order and include addresses, it's up to you to map out your route for the day. We've included a few "bonus venues" in areas that are outside of the three general areas (Pasadena, Hollywood & West Side). You don't have to visit all of the venues; the idea is to strategize which to visit and which to pass on in order to make it to the finish line on time.

The Team Fee is $20. All Team Fees will be pooled for a nice big cash prize for the winners. There will also be lots of other fun swag for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and maybe even recycled unclaimed NJC trophies! Although the goal is to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, winners will be calculated by a points system based on number of photos, trivia questions, swing apparel, name that tune answers, random dance-related items purchased, etc, so the first team to hit the finish line may not win if subsequent teams end up with more points. However, there is a 20 point bonus for the first team to finish, 15 points for the second, and 10 for third, so keep this in mind as you map out your locations.

When you arrive at a venue, look for the white round Camp Hollywood sticker that we'll hide somewhere around the venue entrance. Under this sticker we'll have two trivia questions you can answer for bonus points. There will be a "general knowledge" question and an "LA insider" question very few people could possibly know the answer to. You are welcome to use any resources possible (calling people, Google, etc) to answer these questions. If you don't find a sticker, it's possible another team has nabbed it or it blew away, so don't knock yourself out looking for it, just take your photo and then move on to the next venue!

All teams to finish by 3 PM at the Third Street Swingers location in Santa Monica. Teams arriving late will be docked 5 points for every five minutes after 3 PM they arrive.

In addition to taking photos at each location and answering trivia questions to earn points, here are additional ways to earn bonus points:

1. For our out of town guests, your team gets 10 bonus points if no one on your team has ever been a California resident (hey, it's hard to find your way around this town if you're not from here)

2. You earn one point for each swing logo'd piece of apparel your team members wear (camp, workshop, competition, exchange, venue T shirt, jacket, hat, etc). We especially heart Camp Hollywood items.

3. Each team will receive a "Name That Tune" CD of ridiculously short, non-Shazam-able swing song clips. Test your swing music knowledge by naming each tune on the sheet provided during your Hunt. We sincerely hope our CDs play on your player. You'll get 2 points for each correctly named tune. If the CD doesn't play, you'll get nothing and like it.

4. We will provide you a list of swing-related items you can purchase along your route to present at the finish line. Each item will result in 2 bonus points. When you finish your Hunt, be sure to have your Name That Tune sheet, camera containing all the day's photos we can check, any trivia question sheets and stickers you may have collected, and any dance-related bonus items you bought from the list we provided. We'll then tally all these to determine our day's winners!

For now please e-mail info@camphollywood.net if you plan on forming a team for this event. It's vital that we know in advance who'll be joining us so we can prepare the packages, burn CDs, etc. We hope to see you there!


RUDY LOVED HIS CARD!

Agnes and I brought over his BIG card right and boy, oh boy, did he LOVE it! We sat with him for about 1/2 hour while he read the lovely notes you all wrote.

He promised to get to the club next week, even though he'll be in a wheelchair (he's not supposed to put weight on his foot because of a severe infection).

I know we'll all love to see him again!


See you on the dance floor!


AERIALS WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

REGISTER ONLINE AND GET THE DISCOUNT!
CLICK HERE

With the dancers clamoring for more, we just couldn't resist offering yet another Aerials Workshop! So mark your calendars right now, grab your partner, and in the air you go.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We'll be warming up with a simple lift to build on timing (the foundation of all aerials) ~ "Side Cars." Our big aerial this go 'round will be the "Bocker" (aka "Knickerbocker").

For all the information and registration, click HERE.

LOOKING FOR A PARTNER FOR THE WORKSHOP?

Ask your fellow students, dancing friends, or email us and we'll see what we can do to find you one. Currently there is a guy looking for a partner.

PLEASE SHOW UP TO THE WORKSHOP 18 MINUTES EARLY (11:42am)
SO WE CAN ALL START ON TIME

We're really looking forward to this workshop!!!

See you there!

Take a look below for all the details.





CLIP OF THE WEEK
BUCK PRIVATES

In the Track class last night we taught "The Dean & Jewell Roll In." I promised to have the clip in which they perform the move... so here 'tis. Enjoy the entire clip, featuring also The Andrews Sisters. The move is at 2:38 in.



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:

What was Billie Holidays' nickname and her birth name?

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:

Name members of Stompy Jones & what they play

ANSWER:

Little David Rose's stand-up bass
Lee Beary - drums
Scott Lawrence - piano
Robert Dehlinger - trumpet
Erv Ervin on the saxophone
Christopher Binnings' vocals

WINNER:

Jeff Guevara

*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: JULY 28
THURSDAYS: JULY 30

REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE

CHECK FOR FUTURE START DATES HERE

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE


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UPCOMING SCHEDULE




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This Week's Celebrations


Chris Johnson
Stacy Ellen Rich
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




SANTA MONICA PIER'S CENTENNIAL - DANCE!
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Those dancers who once were swept up among throngs of dancers reveling in the vast and ornate La Monica Ballroom, a palatial-like structure built in 1924 on the Santa Monica Pier, will get another chance to a relive those heady days. Now 85 years later, and in celebration of the Santa Monica Pier's Centennial Anniversary, the La Monica Ballroom Redux, will come to life again the evening of July 23, from 7 to 10 PM, as the original experience of the La Monica Ballroom will be revived again, what with sets, a dance floor and a historic ballroom entrance.

Among the throngs of people expected to "walk" through and dance to the music of Johnny Vana & The Big Band Alumni, followed by swing dancing to the music of famed Squirrel Nut Zippers, are 100 "alumni" those who actually danced in the La Monica Ballroom, in the many giddy decades that followed its grand opening.

Dancers who danced during an era when ballroom dancing had reached a fevered pitch, are encouraged to grab their dancing shoes, whether loafers, tap shoes, stylish high heels or sneakers, and take another turn around the newly built dance floor that will resemble the original 40 thousand square feet in style, if not in size. With the memory of how it was, those who glided across the largest ballroom in the world at that time, can offer the newer generation of dancers a glimpse of how it was.

The La Monica Ballroom's storied and tumultuous history lasted almost four decades. Throughout its years, it was a magnet for celebrities and television shows, among them Spade Cooley, the self-proclaimed, "King of Western Swing" who established a home in the ballroom in 1948, broadcasting his weekly TV program from the ballroom. It was the first time that a musical TV show was ever televised live. Stan Chambers, longtime news anchor got his start doing commercials on Cooley's show during its glory days. Dick Lane of KTLA, did live car commercials from the show and created his own television notoriety, while Desi Arnaz and his orchestra performed there numerous times. Also, the brilliant movie with Jane Fonda, "They Shoot Horses Don't They," recreated the endurance contests known as Dance Marathons, which offered cash prizes during the brutal early 1930s, a ray of hope for out of work people.

The La Monica Ballroom finally buckled with age in 1962, but its legend never did.

The Pier remains an icon today and, La Monica Ballroom, a glamorous memory. What with today's present fervor for dancing, coupled with a renewed interest in swing music, the Santa Monica Pier will look to an earlier generation of dancers to help the younger generation get acquainted with the history of a bygone time.

Those who wish to relive their time on the dance floor of the original La Monica Ballroom and once again take a turn on the dance floor on the night of July 23, from 7 to 10 PM, please contact 310-458-8900.

About the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation (SMPRC), established in 1983, is a non-profit, public benefit corporation made up of business and community leaders who represent the full range of community interests. It was created by the Santa Monica City Council to preserve and enhance the pleasure pier experience for people of all ages and for future generations and is funded by the City of Santa Monica. For more information, visit, http://www.santamonicapier.org.

About the Santa Monica Pier Centennial Celebration The Santa Monica Pier Centennial Celebration, through a series of free, public events and festivals, will engage the public in the rich history of the Santa Monica Pier by re-creating and paying homage to some of the most memorable moments from its past. Throughout the Centennial, the Pier will highlight the place that the Santa Monica Pier has in the everyday life of the city. The Santa Monica Pier Centennial looks 100 years in the past, 100 years ahead in the future that will create an atmosphere of fun, festivity, and fitness that will last for another 100 years. The events of the Santa Monica Pier Centennial will pay tribute to the past, enhance the visitor experience of the present, offer a new set of events for a new population and attract event visitation and economic development on a year round basis.

The La Monica Ballroom Redux Is Sponsored By: Cirque du Soleil, Time Warner Cable, Preserve America, City of Santa Monica, Sempra Energy Foundation, Big Blue Bus, Clear Channel, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hotel Shangri-La, Pacific Park, Bubba Gump Shrimp and the Santa Monica Pier Lessees Association.



SPECIAL BIG BAND EVENING - MAXWELL DEMILLE'S ANNUAL 39TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009 AT THE CICADA CLUB

Dance to the music of Dean Mora's world famous 20-piece big band with favorites from the 1940's featuring vocalists Kayre Morrison Damon Kirsche and special guest RUSTY FRANK plus a fabulous floor show! OVIATT PENTHOUSE AFTER PARTY -- After the show, travel to the top of the Oviatt Building for an exclusive after party at the Art Deco Oviatt Penthouse. Music on the terrace by the Tip Top Trio plus a torrent of top talent and tunes! Tickets and info: http://clubcicada.com



SAVE THE DATE, AUGUST 23RD, POLLIWOG PARK
SWING DANCE, 5 pm - 7 pm

We're back! Swing Dancing at Polliwog Park to Flat Top Tom. It's been a few years since we've been out en masse for the Polliwog summer concert series. But we're back this year. So mark it down in your calendar. 5 pm -7 pm. More information here.

THE BEST DANCE EVER

One of my favorite weekly newsletters comes from Darrell Hope, who not only lists weekly dances, but also starts off with a bit of what's on his mind... always with an insightful and witty flare. I hope you'll enjoy this one. (If you would like to join his list, email him.)


Hello My Dear FDFs,

In today's essay I'm going to take you far afield. really, really, really far afield. But I promise it'll be worth it.

This coming Monday will be the 40th anniversary of something that was truly amazing (and no Maxwell, I'm not talking about your annual natal day bash but that'll get an honorable mention). On this date forty years ere, a guy from Wapakoneta, Ohio and another guy from Glen Ridge, New Jersey danced on a stage no one had ever set foot on before unless H.G. Wells and Jules Verne weren't telling us something. Though this admission dates me, I'm truly sorry if you weren't around to witness and remember this occurrence because it was truly one of the most impressive moments in human history, and a rare positive one at that. But if you weren't around or can't remember, let me take you back to July 20, 1969.

I can still vividly remember huddling around the family's 12-inch black and white GE television with my mom and sister scarcely able to breathe for fear that what I was witnessing might be a dream that could be crushed by too much carbon dioxide. At the periphery of my memory, I recall the grainy shots of the Lunar Excursion Module or LEM, making its way down to the surface of the Moon, taking Armstrong and Aldrin away from the safety of the command module where pilot Mike Collins, had obviously drawn the short straw on this trip as he had to 'stay on the bus' alone while the others got to go on this miraculous 'field trip.' I remember thinking with a nine-year old's clarity, how much it really must have sucked to be Collins at that point. Although he had the vitally important job of making sure everybody got back home, it definitely didn't rate on the all important 'cool meter' compared with what the others were about to do.

I remember the talking heads ruminating onscreen back in the days when they actually had something substantive to say about the subject they were covering, and didn't break into wild speculative flights of fancy designed to up their 'Q-ratings' but simply told what was happening, and what could happen if things didn't go according to plan with a gravitas that was just plain terrifying and made you admire Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins even more. I remember the last moments before the LEM finally found a safe place to land on the boulder strewn terrain of the ironically named "Sea of Tranquility," where a crash meant death because there was no way to rescue these guys. If things went wrong, there was no Scotty to beam them out of there. It was a white knuckle experience because THIS WAS REAL. Then, finally contact was made for the first time in human history we had actually landed on a different world, and the crackle and pop of the 2-second delayed radio signal with Aldrin's voice announcing "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." I remember the momentary flash of envy that I was too young to be the first person on the Moon, enhanced by expectations of homemade boy whiz rocket ships derived from too many cartoon and comic book references and the adventures of Will Robinson on Lost In Space. That was quickly replaced with the relief that we had finally beaten the Russians to the Moon (sorry Spygal, it was different time and I was nine) and so we were all now safe.

But the thing I seem to recall most was my preadolescent impatience after the Eagle had finally 'landed' on how long it took them to actually go outside! Jeez, in my long experience with these things gleaned from more B-movies and television shows than I care to mention, it should have only taken a maximum of five minutes after the LEM's landing before someone was suited up, planting a flag in the lunar soil, and looking for moon babes to plant other things on. These guys were taking FOREVER and it already had been a struggle to get my mom to let me stay up this far past my bedtime.

Finally, after every possible test had been done and every check was completed taking an eternity of that precious post bedtime period that every kid values more than gold because in any second you might be sent off to your room and miss something truly spectacular (yes kids, this was in those primitive days when there were only two televisions in the house: one in the den and the other in the kitchen next to the dinner table) Neil Alden Armstrong uttered the first words from a human being standing on a surface other than the Earth, "The surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my boots." (That other more famous quote was actually said with his right foot still on the ladder of the LEM.) And then.. the dancing began.

In my time I've seen truly sensational moves pulled by artists named Astaire, Baryshnikov, Charisse, Davis, Glover, Jackson, Kelly, Moreno, O'Connor and too many others to mention. But truth be told, they pretty much all pale in comparison to seeing Armstrong and Aldrin bounce around with the grace and ease made possible by the one-sixth gravity of the Moon. They moved in a way that can only be described as, well, dancing. And every little kid on earth, no matter how old they actually were, danced alongside them in our mind's eye. The only thing that was missing was the music, but we all supplied our own. July 20, 1969 was truly one of those few times in the often tortured history of our planet, when the majority of those who looked upon a spectacle, did so with a sense of unity, wonder and amazement. That's not to sugarcoat those times in any way. I also vividly recall that at the same time all of this was heralding the arrival of the future and science fiction became science fact, there were still plenty of places in this country, hell, in my own state, where due to my melanin count, I was not welcome; people were worried about the economy; and we were embroiled in a growingly unpopular war. But for a couple of days, for the most part, the world set its differences aside and marveled at the sight of two men dancing. It was one of the good memories of my life of amazing memories. Sorry if you missed it, but one of the best things about life is the opportunity to make even better memories. Still this one will be tough to beat.

So in honor of Neil and Buzz and Mike, your mission my dance-nauts is to go out there and set yourself free of the Earth's gravitational forces and move on whatever dancefloor you find as though you were dancing on the moon. Here are a few places where you can try a different kind of 'moonwalk' from Friday, July 17 through Friday, July 31. And I hope very soon to see you out there in the real final frontier, the dance floor.

Darrell Hope


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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!


ALHC The American Lindy Hop Championships... Just in case you were looking for something to do in October.





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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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