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TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH 2009




A little Astaire in honor of our Tap Workshop this Saturday



"Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!

~ Constanze



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A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Road trip, anyone?
Special Nites at Rusty's Rhythm Club ~ August 12 & September 2

WORKSHOPS
Aerials Workshop Saturday ~ August 16
Rusty Tap Workshop! ~ August 15
Mark your calendar

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Rusty Tap Dancing

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
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: Rhythm Club Debut - Tim Gill All Stars
Next week: Big Lucky
Save the Date: September 2nd ~ Steve Lucky
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Hangar Dance 8/15
Cicada Club 8/16
Polliwog Park Swing Dance 8/23

COMMUNIQUE
Darrell's "Five Do's and Dont's For Dancers"

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
Sweet & Hot Music Festival


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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ROAD TRIP ANYONE?

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States (world?), and it's only a short drive from our Los Angeles home. Legendary swing goddess, Jean Veloz, and I will be heading up there for a Jean Veloz & Dean Collins workshop on Saturday, August 22nd. The fabulous Jonathan Bixby will be partnering. He studied with Dean Collins! So here's your chance to get a direct ink to history with these two great dancers. And of course, round out the afternoon with their Saturday night swing dance.

Here's the info:

JEAN VELOZ & DEAN COLLINS WORKSHOP IN SANTA BARBARA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22ND, 2009


LOOKING FORWARD TO TWO SPECIAL NITES AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB... AND ONE OF THEM IS THIS WEDNESDAY!

SAVE THE DATES ~ WEDNESDAYS AUGUST 12 & SEPTEMBER 2ND

I just wanted to make sure you marked your calendars for two special Rhythm Club dates.

AUGUST 12TH - RHYTHM CLUB DEBUT OF TIM GILL ALL-STARS

This is a brand new big band for us, but take one look on YouTube and you won't want to miss them. Remember, it's NEXT week.



SEPTEMBER 2ND ~ STEVE LUCKY, FROM SAN FRANCISCO!
RHYTHM CLUB DEBUT!





See you on the dance floor!


AERIALS WORKSHOP
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH
2:00 pm - 4:00 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.




RUSTY'S TAP WORKSHOP THROUGH THE CITY OF EL SEGUNDO
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2009




CLIP OF THE WEEK
LEARN THIS DANCE SATURDAY

Just in case you always wanted to learn to tap dance, here is your chance. This Saturday. And these are the dances you'll learn (available in my On Tap store on dvd).



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:*


QUIZ:

According to his bio, how old is this week's bandleader, Tim Gill?

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:

How did the dance "Charleston" get it's name?

ANSWER:

Charleston, South Carolina

WINNER:

Aby Guadron

*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.



CALLING ALL LEADERS
THURSDAY LEVEL 1 -- WE NEED YOU!

It's happened again, we had twice as many followers than leaders in Level 1. HELP HELP HELP!

Men, here's your chance to make a bunch of gals super happy! And, who knows, you may learn something you missed when you took Level 1 back in the day.





START DATES FOR NEXT SERIES:
TUESDAYS: AUGUST 25
THURSDAYS: AUGUST 27

REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE

CHECK FOR FUTURE START DATES HERE

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE


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This Week's Celebrations


Alan Burbank
Sharon Rennert
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




HANGAR DANCE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2009


CICADA CLUB
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2009


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.

DARRELL'S FIVE "DO'S AND DON'TS FOR DANCERS"

Here's another gem from Darrell Hope's weekly DWDr (Dance Weekly Dancer Report). To get on his list, shoot him an email.

Hello My Dear FDFs,

With the way the DWDr is growing and gets redistributed there are dancers out there who could challenge Bojangles and Temple to a dance-off, but I'm sure there are a few less experienced movers out there who are new to the dance world and the subtle simple rules that keep us all from killing each other on the dance floor (remember, the swing-out and the rock-step are not supposed to be martial arts moves dammit!). So in keeping with the DWDr's mission to enlighten, entertain and educate, I'm posting some simple hints to help some of you newbies (and a few of you oldbies) out ticklish situations.

The DWDr's Top Five "Do"s And "Don't"s For Dancers

1. Picking Your Dance: Do: Decide what music moves you, inspires you and makes you happy then go after it. Pursue it with a single-mindedness that would put Jason Vorhees to shame. Talk it up with your friends, family, co-workers and just anybody you meet on the street until they either are induced into dancing themselves, or ask for a restraining order. Practice anywhere and everywhere you have the opportunity: walking down the halls at work; in elevators (the more crowded the better preparation for some of the dance floors you'll be experiencing in the near future); in shopping malls until the security either joins in or asks you to leave; at weddings (even better if you're not really invited but just jump in, but please don't try to pull a Graduate move and run away with the bride because you aren't Dustin Hoffman, she ain't Katherine Ross and the father of the bride will probably try to kill you after all the money he's put out that could have been spent on that mid-life crisis Porsche he's been eyeing for months with dismay and regret); and just anywhere and everywhere you can. And try to support live music whenever you can because it's magical and too much adherence to CD only clubs will make you one step closer to being a robot. Don't: Do all you dancing from your couch and your imagination by watching Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance. It won't help you when you finally make it to the dance floor.

2. Picking Your Partner: As in life, the great debate in dancing veers between mating for life to a single dance partner, or in the spirit of adventure and the San Fernando Valley's biggest export industry, taking on as many as you can handle as often as you can (aka a dance sl*t). Also, just as in life most of us fall somewhere between these two philosophies and will dance with anyone, but holding special dances for special partners who just 'get' you. But if you are Fred in search of your Ginger (or vice versa): Do: Try to find someone whose musical tastes match your own (while "I'm a little bit country/I'm a little bit Rock and Roll" worked great on the Donny & Marie Show decades ago, it can lead to some nasty arguments when your partner would rather undergo a root canal sans anesthesia rather than to dance to your new favorite song.) Look for someone who's also going to look out for you on the dance floor (too many times I see accidents that would be avoidable if one of the partners was just making sure that the way was clear [leads this fall mostly on your shoulders, but follows shouldn't just drink the Kool-Aid and look out for things the lead can't see]). Also try to find someone who matches your dance stamina because few things can poop a party more than having your most favorite song come up at the end of the evening just to find your partner is so pooped from the balboa marathon with the newbie that there's nothing left for you (that's grounds for dance divorce!) Don't: Just decide somebody is going to be your partner whether they like it or not (while the wearing you down method seems romantic in films and television shows from yesteryear, today we have a new word for it-stalking.).

3. Asking Someone to Dance: Few things strike more terror in the human heart than having to gear up enough courage to march across the full breadth of the dancehall because that girl who looks just like Jessica, that sexy goofy redheaded newbie vampire on True Blood, is just tapping her foot so much to the music that she seems like a "sure thing" in spite of the fact that she's surrounded by her phalanx or girlfriends/bodyguards there to guard her body from you with withering stares that send you hurtling back to the sixth grade when you asked Becky Raye Kusama to do "The Robot" with you at the Spring Spectacular and cheerleader junior squad captain Judy Anne Nelson (the meanest girl who ever drew a breath) overheard your stammering attempt and laughed so hard in your face that you thought your pants might be unzipped but you were too afraid to look down until everybody, including Becky, joined her in the laughter so you finally did look down in shame just to discover you weren't even wearing any pants at which point you woke up in your own bed sweating, but from then on were unable to even look Becky in the eye and avoided Judy like the plague, which is too bad because that doomed Becky to a post-prom induced marriage to school quarterback Ricky Don Branson, and Judy to a top position at AIG where she was doing quite well until recently and you could have saved them both, just to ask her to dance and then find out that Jessica (oh keep up will you, we're back to the fake reality portion now) is tapping her foot because she's just about to have a grand mal seizure and so dancing is pretty much out of the question so you might be scarred for life, so you never actually march across the dancehall floor, but just sit there with your buddies nursing a beer and bitching about how there are no girls to dance with tonight. Sound familiar? Well if you're going to ask somebody to dance: Do: Just go up to them and ask them to dance. If they turn you down, don't take it personally, they might just be tired or not like this song (but do check your fly just in case, unless you are a really cute girl in which case you're probably not going to be turned down) and you can ask them again later (where if they turn you down again employ the three-strikes rule minus one and move on to greener territory and remember it's not you, it's them [okay, there's a decent possibility that it probably could be you, but with the dance world so friendly and well mannered you're going to get all kinds of dances unless you are the Terpischoreal equivalent of a bull in a china shop, which by the way they proved on Mythbusters is completely untrue as cattle will run right through an area with shelves full of fragile items without disturbing a damn thing unless that shelf moves in their direction, which is really amazing to see!]). If you are a lead and a follow asks you, it's generally considered good form to agree unless you're completely knackered from the previous dance. And if you are a lead or a follow, once you commit to the dance commit to the dance and do so with the best of your ability even if the dancer you're dancing with does not reflect that ability and avoid pulling a trapped coyote (where you attempt to chew your own leg off to escape) as the song will only last a few minutes (unless it's salsa, Chicago style blues, or one of those swing songs where the band isn't getting paid anything so the bandleader compensates by giving everybody a solo ON EVERY FREAKING SONG, stretching what should be a 4-minute romp into infinity, in which case do what you have to.) Don't: Try to pull off that cool Antonio Banderas/Pierce Brosnan/Denzel Washington move where you just silently nod or crook your finger in the direction of a follow just to have them stampede across the floor to get to you, which never works unless you are actually Antonio, Pierce or Denzel.

4. During the Dance: Don't: Sing; practice moves from the Kama Sutra; attempt aerials; spit; attempt to perform urological/gynecological exams in the guise of dance moves; sleep; text your mom; dip beyond your capability to recover; squeeze contact points like you're superman trying to make diamonds out of coal; use your nails to maintain a more solid grip; wear jewelry designed to maim; explore the possibilities that your partner might actually be a human-shaped piĖata filled will candies and jewels; explore "experimental" interpretations of the beat; boast about interesting things you can do with your tongue and/or any other organ you possess and/or rent; count the beat out loud; floss, fold, spindle, mutilate, agitate, irritate, or irrigate your partner without express prior permission, preferably written, notarized and produced in triplicate. Do: Just follow the beat to the best of your ability, try not to annoy your partner and look for ways to improve if you look down at the end of a dance to find you're just holding an appendage instead of a person because they 'coyoted' away.

5. After the Dance: Do: Say thank you (especially if you survived with no loss of blood, feeling or face). Find that couple you accidentally mowed down in your swing-out attempt, apologize again and offer ice, assistance and the number for a good podiactric surgeon. Offer to pay the cleaning/repair bill for anything that might have gotten rent asunder even if you're convinced it wasn't your fault but their back-leading that caused it. Offer band-aides and aspirin where needed. Applaud the band. Applaud The Band. APPLAUD THE FRELLING BAND who have been playing their butts off for you, for next to no money, just to have you complain that they're too fast, too slow, too proletariat for your wildly bohemian tastes (unless they truly suck, in which case market forces will take care of the problem) and make a trip to the tip jar if one is produced. Wipe the blood from your shoe and try to conceal your new limp from the newbie who crushed that shoe (and along with it your third and fourth favorite toes, poor piggies) in order not to scar them for life like Judy Anne Nelson would have since she didn't believe in Karma until the day it finally caught her ass (quite literally actually, but that's another story, and a really damned funny one but we're not going to talk about it here so quit begging) and encourage them to keep dancing, but preferably with others this evening as you're going to rest a bit. Towel off and/or change shirts if necessary. Size up the audience looking for your next partner for your next dance and keep it going. Don't: Well at this point unless you have Asperger's Syndrome, I think you get the point.

Okay, that's enough to get you safely though the first 15 minutes of any dance.


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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!


Sweet & Hot Music Festival Is just around the corner, and absolutely one of the best music events in Los Angeles.

4 Big Days and Nights of the Sweetest Music from the 20’s,’30s,’40s and ‘50s, America’s Golden Age of Popular Music. Considered to be the finest combination Jazz Party/Jazz Festival in the USA Over 50 of the Brightest and Best All Star Artists performing this music today. Extraordinary groups of musicians play a range of musical styles suited to every taste from cowboy swing to blues and red-hot jazz. Decade Dances that take you on a trip through “the Past Lanes”, makes you want to hop in your jalopy and head for Lover’s Lane. Special Events throughout the weekend offer a smorgasbord of especially tasty pairings guaranteed to whet your musical appetite.




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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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