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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2009








He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche



DON'T MISS THE NEWS BELOW


A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Save the Date for our New Year's Swing Dance, Sat. 1/2/10!
Welcome a new generation - USC Swing Students at Rusty's Tonite
Hippo In a Tutu

WORKSHOPS
Save The Date ~ September 26 "A Taste of Dance"
Mark your calendar

CLIP OF THE WEEK
"I Wanna Be Like You" - Jungle Book

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

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Featured Class 1 - 1920's Partnered Charleston ROUTINE!
Featured Class 2 - Ongoing Balboa
Next Series begins Tuesday September 22, Thursday September 24
Info on current and upcoming classes


RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
This week: Neil Morrow
Next week: Big Band Nite - Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra
* * * Save the date: Sat. January 2nd 2010
        New Years Dance featuring Ladd McIntosh
Check out our schedule of live music & special events

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Why We Love Dancing - Darrell Hope
A Happy Ending for Sammy

COMMUNIQUE
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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
DanceStore.com - new shoes!


(So don't stop scrolling...)




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SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR
NEW YEAR'S SWING DANCE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2ND 2010

TICKETS ON SALE SOON!


WELCOME A NEW GENERATION
USC SWING DANCE STUDENTS AT RUSTY'S TONITE

Gio and I began another 10 week session of Lindy Hop on campus at USC last week, and tonight will be the kids' first night out dancing. Make sure to give them that good ol' Rhythm Club welcome!

HIPPO IN A TUTU
RUSTY CONTRIBUTES TO THIS HISTORY OF DANCE IN DISNEY ANIMATION

A wonderful new book has just been released for all you Disney fans, animation fans, and dance fans. You can check it out on Amazon (they even have a "preview" of the book online.

You may wonder how I got involved in the book. Well... years ago I worked at the Disney Animation studio. Word got out that I was the resident tap expert. And, to make a long story short (you can read the whole story in the book!), I helped identify the Live Action Reference models for those hepster crows in Dumbo. Below you can see me dancing, accompanied by one of them, Eugene Jackson, for a Disney animators' presentation. What fun!


See you on the dance floor!



SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND REGISTRATION



LOUIS PRIMA AS "LIVE ACTION REFERENCE MODEL" FOR KING LOUIS IN THE "JUNGLE BOOK"

For dance in animation, there was often a live person filmed for the animators to see how to move their characters. Take a look at this! You'll see a bit of Louis in Louis.




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:

Which famous dancer was the live action reference model for Disney's Snow White?

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:

When was Rusty's school Lindy By The Sea founded?

ANSWER:

1998

WINNER:

Julia Cardenas

*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: SEPTEMBER 22
THURSDAYS: SEPTEMBER 24

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This Week's Celebrations


Wyn Delano
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




WHY WE LOVE DANCING

Another great one from Darrell Hope!

Howdy My FDFs,

If you are a like me, you can lay claim to friendships that cross pretty much every spectrum available here in the "City of Angles" (which is the proper spelling of our town). And amongst those, if you are like me, there exists a large proportion of NDs, who can only be coaxed onto a dancefloor by laying down a trail of shrimp and candy for them to follow from the buffet, or waving copious amounts of cash under their noses, and/or allowing them imbibe enough booze until they're finally loose enough to lose their inhibition on the parquet. Left to their own devices, some of our ND friends, while admiring our freedom and creativity out there, view venturing onto the floor themselves as the musical equivalent of performing a walk on hot coals, and wonder why we do it. So if you're like me, and have been asked more than once why we will sometimes spend hours in a car to get to some venue where we'll spend more hours and energy dancing our butts off, just to have to crawl back into our vehicles and somehow find enough residual energy to make our way home when we could have just gone to dinner or to a movie here are some answers you can feed them.

DWDr's Top Twenty-Five Reasons Why We Love Dancing:

1. We love dancing because something about music strikes a spark in our souls that will threaten to engulf us in a flame unless we stamp it out to a rhythm through our soles, thus not only saving our lives but also enriching them.

2. We love dancing because nothing flushes out the doldrums and pains of a bad day than moving to our favorite beat with people who feel the same way.

3. We love dancing because we're bad at it, but some day hope to be deliciously good at it.

4. We love dancing because we're good at it; especially on the days it lets us feel free to be deliciously bad.

5. We love dancing because they still haven't figured out a way to tax this pleasure.

6. We love dancing because it's about the most fun you can have with another person with all your clothing more or less intact (Hah! Take that Parcheesi!).

7. We love dancing because we get to touch, and move and create with others of our ilk and in doing so we ourselves are recreated, moved and touched.

8. We love dancing for the few times that we get it right.

9. We love dancing for all the times that we get it wrong but we're having a ball in our attempts at a do-over.

10. We love dancing for those rare times when in getting it wrong we actually create something new and wondrous (now if we could just figure out how to do it again!!!!!)

11. We love dancing because it takes us back to a time when we were innocent and Mommy or Daddy took us out on the floor with the big folks during Crazy Uncle Alvy's wedding reception (which lasted about as long as his marriage to Aunt "Boom-Boom" Cecile, but that's another story), and we got to ride on their feet as they danced to Nat King Cole.

12. We love dancing because every time we hear a Nat King Cole song, it's a sweet reminder to call our parents and thank them for that memory.

13. We love dancing because once we realized that our pants weren't actually shrinking in the laundry, this was a much more enjoyable way to handle the problem than joining a gym.

14. We love dancing because no matter how long we stay away from it, it always welcomes us back with open arms and it's just as good as it always was.

15. We love dancing because it takes us back to how our hearts pounded in our chest so loudly that we could barely hear ourselves ask Homecoming Queen Beebe Anne Wallenda to come out onto the floor to a very slow song during the fifth grade sock hop, even though part of the reason we'd done so was just to get Chris "motor-mouth" Chang to shut the heck up after he dared us to do it for a solid half hour from the boy's side of the room, and we still don't know how we got all the way across the gym without our knees buckling, but by some miracle....

16. We love dancing because it takes us back to how our hearts pounded in our chests at the fifth grade sock hop when we were wondering if any of those stupid boys were ever going to get the nerve to cross the gym floor to ask us to dance (especially now that we were the Homecoming Queen which was a pressure, we definitely never asked for) when out of nowhere, Rodney Korduner was there asking us to do a slow-drag and the impudence of the question actually sparked a feeling in us that we'd never experienced before, so before we knew it we were on the dance floor. But we still don't know why Chris "motor-mouth" Chang fainted in the middle of it all.

17. We love dancing because the Wallenda-Korduner grandkids love to hear that story.

18. We love dancing because it provides both individual and communal satisfactions at the same time.

19. We love dancing because nothing makes us feel more energetic than having survived a set where the DJ or bandleader decided to test our limits by progressively increasing the pace of the music, while at the same time progressively increasing the popularity and quality of the music to the point where it was impossible to leave the dancefloor, and we got through it all and didn't need the defibrillator.

20. We love dancing because when someone asks us on Monday how our weekend went, there's a really good reason for our wry smile.

21. We love dancing because somehow, someway, it gives us back more than it ever asks us to pay.

22. We love dancing because it's like having flying dreams, but you're on the ground and you're not dreaming, it's real.

23. We love dancing because it makes our toes giggle.

24. We love dancing because dancing loves us back.

25. We love dancing because just why we love dancing can never be properly expressed in a simple list. It would either take a lifetime to explain in words, or five minutes in movement and spirit and joy. So if you really want to know just why we love dancing, step with us onto a floor and you'll see for yourself.


A HAPPY ENDING FOR SAMMY THE RESCUED DOG!

As you may remember, one of my childhood friends found a dog tied up to a parking lot gate with no food or water, just a note, "Free Dog." She rescued it, and, you'll be happy to know, a home has been found! Here's what she wrote:

Hi Everybody,

Sammy is now Stella. Here's a recent message from her forever mom who has a boy pit named Burley. The mass emails and Facebook post from me and Sarah found their way to a woman who knew another woman who knew the new owner. How's that for 6 degrees? Theresa

She and Burley act as if they have lived together for years and she has had one of the easiest integrations I have ever experienced with a 'new' dog. My kitty is still not thrilled, but they remain closely monitored and separated when not supervised. I don't detect malice on Stella's part - only an abundance of curiosity!

We had a ladies party of fourteen women on Sunday and she and Burley hung out together behind a child-gate without a peep! Everyone asked where the dogs were!

I thank you for your good deed, She and Burley are a good match as they absolutely compliment one another and are learning to stop playing when asked. She has her own swimming pool for hot days and they each have a chaise lounge on the back deck....

When she's not in the crate (she's crated when I'm at work and away from the house) she and Burley switch beds!! She sleeps in his big bed and he crawls into the crate - full integration! She watches him like a hawk to get her cues and he is a wonderful alpha and big brother, willing to be patient and show her the ropes. Not only is she wonderful, but she has made Burley a better dog because he feels like he has a job now!

If you'd like to wait to share this note with your friends and rescue supporters, I will send photos tonight to share too. My plan is to enroll Stella in Obedience this fall, which will lead to her earning her canine good citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog evaluation as I think she'll be great working with kids. Then, she and Burley can head out into the world, helping to change one mind at a time about big, fierce Pit Bulls. :)

Many thanks for seeing her potential - and sharing. To think this sweet and loving soul was red-listed...

Theresa Medbury

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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!


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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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