SATURDAY, AUGUST 21TH 2010


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A NOTE FROM RUSTY
August 21, 1935 - What a Date in Swing History!
Lindy By The Sea Classes Video Up

WORKSHOPS
Tomorrow - August 22 - Lindy Hop Strolls Workshop
Workshop Registration

GROOVIE MOVIE TRIBUTE UPDATE
Let's get a bunch of Lindy By the Sea tables
Ticket price goes up September 9
Groovie Movie Tribute event info & tickets

LINDY BY THE SEA NEWS
New Series Starts This Week:
Featured Class - Dips & Tricks
Bonus Class - Level 4
Tues, August 24: Intermediates
Thurs, August 26: Beginners
Register Here

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
7:30pm Weekly Dance Lessons begin with Rusty's Rhythm Corps
08-25     Wed: Rusty's debut - The Barrel House Boys
09-01     Wed: SPECIAL! Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
09-08     Wed: Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos
09-15     Wed: Tim Gill All-Stars
09-22     Wed: Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra
09-29     Wed: Cheap & Cheerful DJ Nite
10-01     Fri: Stompy Jones
Every week Special - $10 after 10:00
Rusty's "passes" - limit 5 a night... get there early!
See our 2010 Rhythm Club line-up

CLIP OF THE WEEK
Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing

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

LINK OF THE WEEK
bennygoodman.com



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

SCRAPBOOKS
See our pics here

HELP IS HERE FOR YOU
Need dancing? Can't afford it? Then it's FREE




The "Official" Birth of the Swing Era
75 years ago today!

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"As soon as it was understood that we could handle things in our own way, it was the thrill of my life to walk out on that stage with people just hemming the band in. "

~ Benny Goodman


Crowds of swing fans pack the local dance hall for a show by the Benny Goodman band. Oakland, California, April 26, 1940.

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WHAT A DATE IN SWING HISTORY!
AUGUST 21, 1935

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EVERYONE
75 YEARS AGO TODAY, THE BIRTH OF THE SWING ERA

It's rare that you can pin-point the start of an era. But most historians will happily agree that the original Swing Era had its official start date on August 21, 1935 with Benny Goodman's historic appearance right here in Los Angeles at the Palomar Ballroom.

The article below, from History.com, explains it all.

Thanks, Benny. Thanks, Gene. What would we be doing now if it weren't for that fateful night?!

Aug 21, 1935:
The Swing Era begins with Benny Goodman’s triumphant Palomar Ballroom performance

The sound of swing, which utterly dominated the American popular-music scene in the late 1930s and early 1940s, instantly evokes images of tuxedo-clad Big Bands and dance floors crowded with exuberant jitterbugs dancing the Shag and the Lindy Hop. While the roots of swing music clearly lie in earlier forms of jazz—and particularly in African-American jazz performance styles—swing as we know it may just have been born at a specific time and in a specific place, with an electric performance by one particular Big Band for one particularly enthusiastic audience. The time and place was August 21, 1935, at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, California, where Benny Goodman and his band emphatically opened the Swing Era with an exuberant performance witnessed by thousands of young fans in the live audience and millions more tuning in to a live radio broadcast.

Benny Goodman had been a successful featured soloist in various prominent bands and the leader of his own trio and big band for several years before making his breakthrough at Palomar. The ninth of 12 children in a large Jewish family in Chicago, Goodman had been sent by his father at the age of 10 in 1919 to the local synagogue for clarinet lessons in the hopes that a music career might provide him a way out of poverty. By his early teens, Goodman had proven his father correct by becoming a working professional, and by 24, he was successful enough to land his band a regular gig on a weekly radio program broadcast out of New York City called Let’s Dance. It was there that Goodman began performing "hot" arrangements by African-American bandleader Fletcher Henderson—arrangements that departed from the more romantic style of the day by employing loose, upbeat, syncopated rhythms that had been common in African-American jazz ensembles for years. Goodman’s band would often appear well past midnight, New York time, on Let’s Dance. And while this limited their exposure on the East Coast, Goodman would soon discover a huge new fan base when he took his group west to California.

Already familiar with Benny Goodman’s exciting new style from his Friday night radio appearances, a huge crowd of young people turned out for his Palomar Ballroom debut on this day in 1935. It was a promising start to an engagement Goodman hoped would salvage a summer tour otherwise judged a failure. But Goodman stuck to relatively staid, stock arrangements during the first part of that night’s show, and he began to lose the young crowd. Before their return from the first intermission, the band’s drummer, Gene Krupa, is said to have urged Goodman, "If we're gonna die, Benny, let's die playing our own thing." It was at that point that Benny Goodman famously pulled out Henderson’s arrangements along with all the stops on his talented orchestra, to the crowd’s immense delight.

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LINDY BY THE SEA PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ONLINE

You probably don't even remember this, but way back in March 2010, my friend and editor, Greg Gast, came in and shot video of you all dancing in your Level 2 class. He's finished editing together a promotion for Lindy By The Sea.

I think he did a great job in showing how much fun we all have over here while learning how to dance.

CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE THE CLIP ON YOUTUBE

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See you on the dance floor!





IT'S TOMORROW!
PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE

FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION HERE

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LET'S GET A BUNCH OF LINDY BY THE SEA
BANQUET TABLES!

We've already got one full Lindy By The Sea table for A Tribute to the Groovie Movie, but let's get a bunch more.

Each table seats 10 people. So just ask around and put together a banquet table for your special group of swing dance friends.

Ticket and Event info is on our GroovieMovieTribute website.

DON'T FORGET PRICES GO UP SEPTEMBER 9TH

Get your tickets today and you'll be able to say,

"I WAS THERE!"

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OUR NEXT 2010 SERIES
Swing & Lindy Hop Classes


* PRE-REGISTER NOW AND SAVE! *

*FEATURED CLASSES*

DIPS AND TRICKS
8:00-9:00pm

In this class you'll learn some easy and wonderfully flashy dips and tricks, slightly athletic, but something the average person can easily learn and master. This class is open to all dancers of Level 2 and up.


LEVEL 4 - STUDENT CHOICE
9:00-10:00pm

This is for any Tuesday night student, and is an open forum for you to request any moves you want. Things you've seen on the floor, questions about moves, style, etc.



NEXT SERIES OF CLASSES

TUESDAYS - INTERMEDIATES
August 24, 31, September 7, 14
Taught by Rusty Frank & Ron Campbell

7:00pm Track Series - Intermediate Lindy
8:00pm Dips & Tricks (Level 2 and up)
9:00pm Level 4




THURSDAYS - BEGINNERS
August 26, September 2, 9, 16
Taught by Rusty Frank & Giovanni "Gio" Quintero

7:00pm Level 1B ~ Intro to Swing Dance
8:00pm Level 2B ~ Beginning Lindy Hop
9:00pm Level 3   ~ Intro to Styling & Musicality


LOCATION:
406 E. Grand Ave. El Segundo 90245

NO PARTNER NEEDED!

LOOKING FOR MASTER TRACK STUDENTS

We are looking for dancers interested in The Master Track. We need 4 leaders. Please EMAIL me if you are interested. Read about The Master Track HERE.



* REGISTER AND SAVE! *

PRICES:
$40/Series ($36 Student/Senior)*
$20/Series Second Series on Same Day($18 Student/Senior)
$15/Class Drop-In($12 Student/Senior) and $5 additional class(es) on same day!!

$10 SPECIAL FOR TUESDAY STUDENTS!
Brush up on your basics in Lindy 1-3 and pay only $10 for each series.

*Includes 10% Pre-Registration Discount


Questions? Info: RustyFrank.com ~ (310) 606-5606

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OUR UPCOMING SCHEDULE


SAVE THE DATE - SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT RUSTY'S



Wednesday, August 25
Rusty's Debut ~ The Barrel House Boys, $15

Wednesday, September 1
SPECIAL APPEARANCE!
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums featuring Carmen Getit, $15

Friends & Family Nite - Bring a New Guest for FREE

Wednesday, September 8
Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos, $15

Wednesday, September 15
Tim Gill All-Stars Big Band, $15

Wednesday, September 22
Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra, $15

Wednesday, September 29
Cheap & Cheerful DJ NIte, $5



FRIDAY @ RUSTY'S
Friday, October 1
Stompy Jones, $15



MISC. INFO

Read about our Frequent Dancer Card and Passes Policy

"$10 AFTER 10"
Don't forget about our special discount after 10:00pm!
You'll still have another one-hour set of live music
and 1/2 hour of DJ Robert Vangor.

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

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This Week's Celebrations


Jon Moody
Michael Crosby
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know
so you can get your birthday dance!

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Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing

This is it! One of the all-time great swing dance numbers. From the movie "Hollywood Hotel," this clip shows the Benny Goodman Orchestra within years of their famous Palomar Ballroom performance -- where it all began. You'll sure enjoy this one.

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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:

Why was it a surprise to Benny Goodman that there was such an enthusiastic and large crowd waiting for him at the Palomar Ballroom on August 21, 1935?

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 the three dancers from Groovie Movie who are still alive and being honored at a Tribute to the Groovie Movie. For extra credit, name all six featured dancers!

ANSWER:

Jean (Phelps) Veloz, Irene Thomas, & Chuck Saggau are all alive and planning on coming to our Tribute to the Groovie Movie. The other three featured dancers were: Kay and Lennie Smith, and Arthur Walsh.


L-R: Arthur Walsh & Jean Veloz, Chuck Saggau & Irene Thomas, Lennie Smith & Kay Vaughn Smith

WINNER:

Lisa Asahina
*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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BENNYGOODMAN.COM In honor of today's date in history, where our world was changed forever, take a moment and learn about the man and his music. (I know we had this site recently, but you probably didn't get to look around the whole thing anyway.)

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Founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, the club has two missions: Having Fun and doing good deeds. Volunteers go to hospitals, ,senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by it's members. There are no dues, members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

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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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.

~ And the same thing goes for all Lindy By The Sea classes!

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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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


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