SATURDAY, JANUARY 15TH 2010
"There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them"
~ Vicki Baum
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LINDY HOP REPRESENTED ON
"LIVE TO DANCE" THIS COMING WEDNESDAY
SET THOSE DVRS!
There is a fabulous new dance show on television called "Live To Dance." I don't have TV, so I have been watching the program on their WEBSITE. I'm so excited about this show because it is showcasing all styles of dance in a very positive light.
And! Lindy Hop made it to the finals!!! Dax and Sarah did a fab job and duely impressed the three judges. Click HERE and you can see the little edited segment.
I've been talking with Dax, and he told me that this coming Wednesday, they will be on again, and it will be a voting thing. So... we'll have the TV on at Rusty's and we can cheer them on and then call in our votes.
THIS IN FROM DAX
Thanks for all your support. Here are all the faq's for voting for live to dance. That would be awesome if you announce it at your venue. We are working really hard right now and hope that all goes well. Check this page. It gives good details on how to take advantage of the voting process.
Let the empire know that lindy strikes back! ;)
TUESDAY STUDENTS TO BE STARS ON
EL SEGUNDO TV
Oh, boy, oh, boy! We're finally newsworthy! El Segundo TV will be coming by class on Tuesday to film us during our 7 & 8:00 classes and then interview a few of you who wish to say a word or three. This is actually our first TV spot. We'll start with El Segundo TV and move up from there!
WEAR THOSE LINDY BY THE SEA T-SHIRTS
IF YOU HAVE 'EM!!!
Make sure to wear your Lindy By The Sea t-shirts. I found a few more, so if any girl needs one, they are still at the fabulous discount price of $10.
Let's show everyone how much fun the Lindy Hop can be!
Here's the El Segundo TV link on YOUTUBE.
LBS THURSDAY STUDENTS REMIND US
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BEGINNER!
Our fabulous Thursday night students are once again showing us how much we all love this dance! The Level 2 & 3 bonded last December, and this month have made the commitment to go out dancing together. And now Level 1 is following along. They have email groups and Facebook groups to encourage each other. What a great idea! Now they can gather together at Rusty's and encourage each other on, and, of course, commiserate!
I thought you would enjoy these letters:
LETTER FROM ARTHUR HONG - LEVEL 2/3
So I went to Rusty’s dance last night. I arrived at about 10 pm and saw Bill, Rachel, and 2 other guys from class whose name I forgot. Rachel ambushed me as promised and screamed a greeting at me from behind, trying to scare me with no success. To the fellas: sorry, I obviously don’t interact much with you during class. I’ll put your names to memory later. I was happy to see you all but I was a bit disappointed to not see more of my classmates there.
I’m not embarrassed to say I was intimidated and nervous. Everyone on the dance floor was so good! I tried to identify the steps I learned in class, looking for the steps divided by 2 formula, followed by a rock step. To my untrained eyes this was absent from most of the dancers. LOL.
The music was so fast that I waited for a slower song and then asked someone to dance. Lindy amnesia immediately took over and I forgot how to incorporate a swing out into my dancing. It was comforting to have my 4 classmates to talk to while we weren’t dancing.
I was a white belt amidst a sea of black belts, but after a few more dances I remembered how to perform a swing out and began to incorporate it into my dancing. But then a new problem showed up: I couldn’t identify the beat in some of the songs, or rather, the beat didn’t seem lindy hoppish. I think that Rusty is playing the “easy music” in class where the beat literally punches us in the face. It’s also the same music that I hear in her class repeatedly over and over which confirms that she’s playing music that’s easiest to dance to. Understandable since we’re pure beginners. Anyway, confused by the new fast music with the subtle and strange beats, I trudged on and kept dancing. During my down time I chatted with my classmates and eyed the feet of the people on the dance floor, trying to understand what they were doing, and trying to understand the music.
Rachel was a dancing machine, literally taking a break for just 3 or 4 songs while I was there. The rest of the time she was spinning and doing advanced moves not taught to us in class. She explained that she was just following her partner, being led by his moves. I then realized that it’s our job as leads to make the follows look good on the floor.
Everyone I asked to dance said yes and they were all quite friendly. The band stopped playing at 11:30 and Rusty put on some recorded music so people could still dance. Unfortunately at this point, almost everybody left. The only remaining girls were either dancing or packing up their stuff, ready to leave. That was the cue for my exit as well.
I was definitely outside my comfort zone that night, but that’s ok. The only way to get good at dancing is to dance. Group dance classes will only take you so far and you will never be good enough in your mind if you just rely on them to learn. I will definitely return to Rusty’s Rhythm Club soon since I am determined to become a proficient dancer; I'm hoping this will take less than 10 years. And I hope to see all of you ladies and gents there as well. :)
THEN JENNY WROTE...
That was really cool (and brave) of you to candidly share your experience with us. Makes the whole thing seem less intimidating, at least for me. *grin*
THEN ARTHUR WROTE
But to be frank, I am not particularly brave. I felt the butterflies in my stomach approaching Rusty's club. And they really fluttered about when I saw how good everyone at the club was. One thing I’ve learned is that through sheer stubborn persistence, anybody can get good at anything. I’d put my money on the awkward person that doggedly practices a skill, stumbling and picking himself up time and time again, over the person with raw natural talent who lets it go to waste because of a short attention span or boredom.
I firmly believe that one should start doing something before he feels prepared to do it, because by the time that person feels completely ready, it may already be too late. Life is too short to be scared to try things you want to do.
I want to study this dance and get good at it, this Lindy Hop thing. Why? Because I see beauty in it. It is not mindless club grinding, it’s structured and elegant, and there’s a connection between the dancers that extends beyond the physical. There is energy transference going on here. From what my beginner’s mind can grasp, there is a spiritual connection between advanced Lindy Hop partners and it’s allegorical for relationships in general. People can perform this masterful dance well into their old age. After they become feeble and weak, they can get up and hop around in elegant synchronicity as if they are young again, much like Yoda from Star Wars. This is worth putting time and effort into, at least for me.
I started studying with Rusty October of 2009. In November of 2009 I fractured and dislocated my left fibular head in a surfing accident. I didn’t start studying Lindy Hop again for a year. On Friday I saw a girl from my old class of 2009. When I took that class, I remember thinking that she wasn’t very good. But I saw her dance on Friday, and she was brilliant on the dance floor. She and her partner danced flawlessly to the music, He led the moves in an acrobatic fashion, and she followed almost psychically in perfect synchronicity as if the spontaneous dance was rehearsed, which it obviously wasn’t.
I felt regret in my mind. I was sad for a moment, but only for a moment. Because I’m going to keep on doing this until I get it, this Lindy Hop thing.
See you on the dance floor!
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WEEKLY SWING DANCES TO LIVE MUSIC
At Rusty's Rhythm Club, we'll be having one dance each week. Please note that when we have a Friday dance, there will be no Wednesday dance that week.
Wednesday, January 19
Tim Gill All-Stars, $15
CD Release Party!
Wednesday, January 26
Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos, $15
WESTERN SWING DANCE
Friday, February 4
Lucky Stars, $15
Dress Western! Whoopee!
Wednesday, February 9th
Fabulous Esquires, $15
DRESS UP IN RED & WHITE
Friday, February 18th
Stompy Jones, $15
Wednesday, February 23rd
Barrel House Boys, $15
RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Fun & Friendly
No partner needed
Great social dancing atmosphere
2300 sq ft maple dance floor
Read about our Frequent Dancer Card and Passes Policy
"$10 AFTER 10" - ON WEDNESDAYS
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!"
This Week's Celebrations
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know
so you can get your birthday dance!
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"BALLROOM WITH A TWIST"
FUNDRAISER FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS SOCIETY
As many of you know, I am on the Board of Directors of the Professional Dancers Society - an organization that helps dancers in need.
We have a few fundraisers thoughout the year, and there is one coming up THIS Thursday that may interest some of you Dancing With The Stars and Mitzi Gaynor fans.
Here's the info:
RUSTY PERFORMING WITH MICKEY ROONEY
AT CICADA CLUB SUNDAY, JANUARY 23
BALBOA RENDEZVOUS - ONE OF THE GREAT LOCAL DANCE EVENTS DON'T MISS OUT ON THE PRE-REGISTRATION!
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DAX & SARAH
This is the couple who are really showing the world the joy of Lindy Hop right now on the tevision program "Live To Dance." Here's a fine clip of them just "fooling around."
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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:
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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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