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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH 2009


PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Happy Holidays to All!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Get a little inspiration

A NOTE FROM RUSTY
Rusty's 2009 Thank You List
"A Swing Dance Season For Sharing"
~ Our Holiday Fundraiser for the Good Sheperd Shelter
~ Do a good deed with your dancing this Saturday
Looking for the perfect Holiday gift? Give the gift of dance!

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
Next Series 2010 ~ Jan 12 & 14
Current Series:
~ Tuesdays,
~ 8:00 Featured Class "Hollywood Style"
~ 9:00 Featured Class "Intermediate Balboa"
~ Thursdays
~ Level 1a, 2a, & 3


RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Last dance of the year THIS Wednesday
Holiday Party with Fabulous Esquires ~ Dress Tropical ~ $15
Rusty's reopens January 13, 2010
Loads of Pictures from the Year

NEW YEAR'S DANCE, JAN 2
Get your $35 Ticket before Dec. 20th
85% sold out! Don't miss this first time event!
Get your tix now

SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB NEWS
Give the gift of dance... we need dancers!
Volunteer at our last Holiday Event ~ Harbor Terrace Senior Home
Last Saturday's dance loads of fun!
"Fun & Philanthropy" -- Join our club

ADDED ATTRACTIONS
Jan 3-10 Lindy Cruise "Jump, Jive, and Sail!"
Sunday Dance in El Segundo with Beach Cities Swing
A Great Note about dancing from former student

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Slim Gaillard - Dunkin' Bagels

CONTEST OF THE WEEK
Answer first and win a ticket to Rusty's

COMMUNIQUE
Need dancing? Can't afford it? We'll work it out!

LINK OF THE WEEK
On Tap

and, don't forget...

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUPS
Rusty's Rhythm Club
Lindy By The Sea
Rusty's New Year's Swing Dance





Happy Holidays!

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Thank you all for another wonderful year of dancing, friends, and great music! Here's to making 2010 just as great!

~ Rusty Frank

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RUSTY'S 2009 THANK YOU LIST

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING OUR SWING DANCE SCENE SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!

All throughout the year I am so grateful for what we have here in the South Bay -- one of the friendliest swing dance scenes I've ever seen. Of course, it's because of your spirit... how you always welcome newcomers, how you have the social dancing "spirit", how there is always a smile on your face on that dance floor, and how we always have such fun.


THANKS TO MY "RHYTHM PALS"!
GIOVANNI QUINTERO & RON CAMPBELL

SEVEN YEARS WITH LINDY BY THE SEA!

Gio & Ron add beyond description to our Lindy By The Sea program.

Gio's boundless enthusiasm makes every Thursday an absolute joy-ride for our new students. His ongoing presence at the Rhythm Club, dancing with all the followers and kidding around with all the leaders, makes him a real pal!

Ron's true partnership in developing our Tuesday nite programs, The Track and The Master Track, have brought the highest level of instruction to Lindy By The Sea. His ability to clearly and intelligently break down all sorts of moves, and the specific mechanics of what makes the moves work, is something treasured by all.

Both of these gentlemen of swing have made my life such a pleasure. Something that might become tedious (teaching triple step, triple step, rock step for the umpteenth time) is always such fun with these guys around!

Thank you, Ron & Gio, for your spirit and your friendship.



ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!

I know I could never run Lindy By The Sea and Rusty's Rhythm Club without the tremendous help of all the volunteers who pitch right in. From you students who help set up and breakdown Rebekah Hall each week to all those at the Rhythm Club who make sure things run smoothly. Some of them you know and some of them are hidden beyond the scenes... but all of you make all of this crazy stuff possible!

Robert "The Professor" Vangor, our amazing Rhythm Club "House DJ" who keeps us all dancing to the best of swing music from his tremendous collection

Swing Shift Rhythm Club, All our volunteers who bring joy and happiness to those in hospitals and senior homes. And a special thanks to Rita and Debbie for organizing all these events! And I thank Jessica, Capt Fun for all their past work.

Peter Livingston, our "Door Stop Captain" who also helps set up the Rhythm Club each week.

Jessica Densmore, for always being there at the Rhythm Club as a regular "Door Stop."

Raymond Manning, for being there each week to set up the club (what would I do without him setting up those heavy speakers) and now djing the early part of the evening.

Jon Moody, for always being there to help us break down the Rhythm Club each week.

John Lau, our most recent addition to our terrific "Door Stop" team.

Nancy Magnante, Steven Smith, Michelle Guy, and Shane Mast for helping me plan our first New Year's Swing Dance Party.

Door Stops, there are so many of you who sit at that Rhythm Club door to greet everyone... sometimes just for a minute, sometimes for much more...

Maxwell DeMille, for adding his special brand of pep as our special guest Master of Ceremonies.

Stanley Sheff, our amazing web host and designer.

USC Swing Dance Club, All the officers and enthusiasts for getting college students excited about swing dancing... and getting them out on the dance floor!

All those at Rebekah Hall and the Elks Lodge, you always make us feel welcome and provide us with such a homey and friendly environ in which to dance.

Everyone(!) I have forgotten to name here!


AND, OF COURSE, ALL THE GREAT BANDS!



Just in case you can't remember,
here's a list of all the bands that played at the Rhythm Club in 2009!

Big Lucky
Fabulous Esquires
Geo Valle Swing City
Jive Aces
Jumpin' Joz
Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra
Lil' Mo and The Dynaflos
Neil Morrow and His Memphis 54
Phat Cat Swinger
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
Stompy Jones
Swing Cats Big Band
Swing Syndicate
Tim Gill All-Stars
Tim Gill Quintet

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So, you can see, there really are a lot of people who make our wonderful world come together! Thank you, each of you. And here's to another great year ahead!

Rusty E. Frank


LAST CHANCE TO JOIN OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (OR MAIL IN YOUR DONATION)




READ ALL ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER HERE

WHAT DO I DO IF...
I LIVE OUT OF TOWN AND WANT TO DONATE?

For those of you out-of-towners, why not mail in a gift card or check (payable to "The Good Shepherd Shelter") to:

Swing Dance Season for Sharing
c/o Rusty Frank
225 Whiting Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

OR THROUGH PAYPAL HERE


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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT?
GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE

It's that time of year, the holidays have snuck up on you, and you're desperately thinking of perfect holiday gifts. Here's some ideas!

SOME GREAT DANCE GIFT IDEAS AT



- SERIES OF SWING DANCE CLASSES
AT LINDY BY THE SEA

- A PRIVATE LESSON WITH RUSTY

- PASS(ES) TO THE RHYTHM CLUB

- INSTRUCTIONAL LINDY & TAP DVD(S)

- SWING MUSIC CD(S)

For dance lessons and Rhythm Club passes, contact me by phone 310.606-5606 or email info@rustyfrank.com

Take a look at all the great dance items in my Shop. Make sure to give us plenty of time for shipping.

See you on the dance floor!







START DATES FOR NEXT SERIES:
TUESDAYS: JANUARY 12
THURSDAYS: JANUARY 14

REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE

CHECK FOR FUTURE START DATES HERE

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LAST DANCE OF THE YEAR TOMORROW NIGHT!

"ALOHA 2009 ~ ALOHA 2010"
DRESS TROPICAL FOR OUR PARTY

Our year comes to a close with our annual Holiday Party featuring The Fabulous Esquires Big Band and YOU!

This year our theme is "Tropical" in a big aloha (good-bye) to 2009 and aloha (hello) to 2010.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


BE PROUD TO SAY: "I SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!"

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RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

We will be closed on the following dates - make sure to mark your calendars:

Closed: Wed., December 23
Closed: Wed., December 30
Closed: Wed., January 6

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB REOPENS ON JANUARY 13!

We open our doors for 2010 with The Fabulous Esquires with our "Friends and Family Nite."

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PICTURES ON LINE - TAKE A LOOK

Esther McIntosh, Ladd McIntosh's wife and the band manager(!), has loaded some wonderful photographs she's taken throughout the year at Rusty's. Take a gander and enjoy!

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This Week's Celebrations


Jeff Munjack
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know
so you can get your birthday dance!

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85% OF THE TICKETS GONE!

~ $35 TICKETS AVAILABLE
PRICE GOES UP ON DECEMBER 20th!

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR TICKETS

REMEMBER... THE DANCE IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 2ND!



RSVP FOR NEW YEAR'S DANCE ON FACEBOOK!
LET'S GET THE BUZZ GOING



Let's really generate some buzz about our dance by getting as many people RSVP-ing (as "yes" or "maybe") right away. If you have a chance, click HERE and RSVP.

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LOST YOUR JOB? TOOK A PAY CUT?
DON'T BE A STRANGER!
WE'LL WORK SOMETHING OUT FOR YOU

Every now and again, people just disappear from our scene who have been regular dancers. I wonder why. Did they get married, did they move, or did they suffer some financial hit.

If it's economics, please know that you are always welcome. Don't stay away. We can work something out! Here's some options:

~ I am happy to work out trades... you could sit at the door for a bit at the Rhythm Club in exchange for the dance that night.

~ Find me at the Rhythm Club, and just pay what you can.

~ I'll give you some Rhythm Club passes until this era blows over for you.

I know that dancing really helps in hard times. So don't be a stranger! We'll work it out to meet your needs.

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Swing Volunteers Needed For Our Last Holiday Dance Program

Hello, Everyone,

The Swing Shift Rhythm Club is requesting your participation in bringing some holiday cheer to the many people at our local retirement homes this holiday season. We would like any available dancers to show up and JUST DANCE for an hour or so; no other commitment required.

Here's the last date & place:

RSVP dancinreet@gmail.com

Please dress vintage, if possible; the residents really appreciate it

Thanks so much, Rita dancinreet@gmail.com 562-439-4382

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SSRC REPORT

The Swing Shift Rhythm Club was busy spreading holiday cheer at the Downey Retirement Home on Saturday, Dec. 5th. Residents joined in our dancing - with us as well as each other! Teresa was our DJ playing Christmas music from the Big Band era with songs sung by Ella, Frank, and more, with John and Scott narrating. We know how to jingle all the way!

Our dancers were:

Gordon Alexander
Jeanne-Marie Alexander
John Apodoca
Rita Catanzarite
Elaine Dee
Scott Giordano
Teresa London
Tony Mercuro
Everett Perez
Sandra Poland
Ronnie Roth
Diana Waters

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HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB:

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

"Fun & Philanthropy"

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THE LINDY CRUISE!
JANUARY 3-10, 2010

MEXICAN RIVIERIA

There is still room to join us on this wonderful dance cruise!

Click HERE.

For Complete Travel Info, Dance Activities and Reservations:

866-DANCEFUN (866-326-2338) or 405-282-8989

GREAT DANCE EXCURSION

Extra - We have a special Dance Excursion with our instructors in Puetro Vallarta ! Our package includes transportation and Dance Party. Also available are horseback riding, zip-lines, tequila factory, swimming, great food and drink and more -- all in a beautiful jungle setting. This will be a cool highlight of our cruise !

Come join us for a great cruise and dance experience ! See Past Cruise Pictures

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A GREAT LETTER FROM FORMER STUDENT

This email came in from former Lindy By The Sea student, Cheryll Lynn, who now lives in New York. She was responding the NY Times article in last week's Rhythm Report about the man with cerebral palsy who is finding relief through dancing.

Hey Rusty,

Just read this week�s attached article about the fellow with C.P. Wonderfully inspiring. It reminded me of your halo dancing days and how the doctor said that doing that may have very well helped with aspects of your recovery. I�ve been dancing all these years despite the doctors who told me I shouldn�t (haven�t seen any of those doctors in years!). To any degree, small or large, start dancing and keep dancing! The Charleston routine put a big smile on my face as well. I loved doing the routine classes.

Oh! And your NY Times article prompted me to send you this link of me & Scott dancing to Vince Giordano�s Nighthawks:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/28/nyregion/28metjournal.html?_r=1 [NOTE: she was on vacation and didn't see that we had this article two weeks ago... but now we know it was her and Scott!]

Scott and I are in silhouette in the photograph, though my name is erroneously �Liz Kemble� (a friend of ours who had spoken to the photographer that evening). We�re also in the video, a little farther down the page as well: around 1:00 to 1:10 you can see Scott briefly then me. We still dance to Vince every Monday night we�re in town!


Enjoy!
Cheryll

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SLIM GAILLARD

All of you know how much we swing dancers love the music of Slim & Slam. I couldn't resist this clip of Slim Gaillard singing "Dunkin' Bagels."

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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:

Slim Gaillard was most known for singing and playing music with which bassist?

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 and where was Lionel Hampton born?

ANSWER:

Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1908

WINNER:

Elisa Richter

*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.

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On Tap! This is Rusty's shop in which she carries dance CDs, DVDs, and books. Who knows, you might find some great holiday gifts there. Discounts when buying in bulk.

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JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGES

I started these Facebook pages to give all of us a chance to network, to know what's going on, to set up carpools, post photographs, videos, etc.

"RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB FAN"

"LINDY BY THE SEA" FACEBOOK FAN CLUB GROUP


RSVP FOR RUSTY'S "NEW YEAR'S SWING DANCE" FACEBOOK EVENT

If you know you are, or think you are going to attend our gala Saturday, January 2, 2010 New Year's Swing Dance, let everyone know by RSVP-ing on our Facebook event page.

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www.rustyfrank.com

* 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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http://rustyfrank.com/maillist/mail-list.asp

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