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A NOTE FROM RUSTY
My cats are just like learning to swing dance
Power of "Yet"

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Thurs, April 5: Beginners
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RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
Beg. Swing Dance Lesson taught by Rusty's Rhythm Corps
begins 1/2 hr before dance

03-21 Wednesday: Rusty's Debut ~ Crown City Bombers
03-30 Friday: Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos (no Fri dance 4/6)
04-18 Wednesday: Special! - Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
04-25 Wednesday: Rusty's Debut ~ Upbeat Swing Orchestra
Cover Charge $15; Every Wed. Special - $10 after 10:00
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My Cats Are Just Like
Learning To Swing Dance

Some of you know that I had to put my 18 year old cat to sleep at the end of January. She was the most loving cat I'd ever known. Sat with me, followed me around, crawled under the covers with me. Ever-present.

I always knew that when she passed, I would bring in new cats to my home, this time siblings (so that when I was gone for hours on end, they would have each other).

The day Smudgie died, a note was posted at a local Starbucks telling me of two 3 1/2 year old brothers who needed adopting. On the note was written, "They are the most loving cats we've ever seen." I didn't need to know more. They were just want I wanted.

I immediately imagined two wonderful cats cuddling with me at the end of the day. Greeting me at the door. Sitting on my lap and by my side. Oh, boy!

When they were brought to me by the rescue group, the two cats immediately ran, terrified, behind the couch. Hmm... wait a second.

We got them out and put them in the bathroom. I had them live there for a couple weeks so they could get used to me. The day I opened the door, they bolted... this time into the closet.

Of course, not only was I dealing with the broken heart of my recent loss, but now with the broken heart of having two cats in my house who looked at me like I was the enemy.

My friends kept assuring me the cats would come around. That I had to be patient. One by one they told me their stories, how they adopted cats who hid for months, years, and now hang around them all the time.

I realized something: I had wanted to have these cats be instant lovies. But now I undertood that this was going to be a journey and definitely not happen over night.

So I started to observe the most minute breakthroughs. One day they looked at me and didn't run. The next, I could crawl into the closet slowly and they would sniff my finger. The next, one came out and sat in the guest room chair. The next, I could crawl up to the chair and pet him. The next, I could slowly walk in the room and pet him. The next, I could walk into the room and pet him. The other one is still in the closet... but seems to be okay about sniffing my finger.

Yesterday morning, to my surprise (seven weeks into this adventure), I found them both out of the closet and lounging in the living room. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a picture.

Progress! Of course, the minute I came into the room, they bolted. But, at least, they are branching out of the closet.

 

Now you ask, what does this have to do with dancing?

Well, I'll explain. You know how I'm always saying that dancing is a journey and not a destination? What I see with all my new students is they want with dancing exactly what I wanted with me new cats. They want to be dancing right away (and I wanted a full bonding experience with my cats right away).

So, take a step back in class and on the dance floor, and appreciate the very little things. Now you can do a rock step. Now you can lead and stay on the beat at the same time. Now you can do a move without flinging your partner out into a wall.

Well, you get the picture.

Take your time. Enjoy the journey. Because, as we seasoned dancers know full well, you'll actually always be in it.

I'm certainly not done yet. And I've been swing dancing for 16 years!

See, my cats are just like swing dancing.

 

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Power of "Yet"

On the same subject of learning, I often hear students say, "I can't do it."

I immediately think, "Of course you can't do it, you're just learning it. But you will get it. You just can't do it yet."

Here's what I suggest, just add that same word ~ "yet" ~ to the end of that sentence: "I can't do it, yet."

Then you'll realize that you WILL be able to do it some day, just not now, but you will be able to do it.

Practice that sentence, and you'll find you won't beat yourself up on the dance floor so much. Remember, this dancing stuff is supposed to be fun! Like with my cats, celebrate the little breakthroughs.

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See you on the dance floor!



We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive...
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

~D. H. Lawrence

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Publicity still from the 1938 movie "College Swing"

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Classic Lindy Hop
"Day At The Races"
featuring "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers"

I love going back to the classics... where our dance came from. Here's one of the best.


CLICK ON PIC TO BEGIN CLIP

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April 2012 Series
LINDY HOP * BALBOA * SWING CLASSES

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TUESDAYS - INTERMEDIATES
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Taught by Rusty Frank & Ron Campbell

7:00pm Track Series - Intermediate Lindy
8:00pm Featured 1: TBD
9:00pm Featured 2: TBD



THURSDAYS - BEGINNERS
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Taught by Rusty Frank & Giovanni "Gio" Quintero

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

 

LOCATION:
El Segundo Woman's Club
541 Standard St. (at Mariposa), El Segundo 90245

NO PARTNER NEEDED!


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PRICES FOR OUR 4-WEEK SERIES:
$42/Series ($38 Student/Senior)*
$22/Series Second Series on Same Day($20 Student/Senior)
$15/Class Drop-In($12 Student/Senior) and $7 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 Pre-Registration Discount


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


Your instructors (L-R)
Giovanni Quintero, Rusty Frank, Ron Campbell

 


 

PRIVATE LESSONS WITH RUSTY

Feel like you could use a little one-on-one work with your dancing? Why not take a private with Rusty. She'll work with you to really fine tune those little things that make a big difference.

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OUR UPCOMING SCHEDULE

A RUSTY'S DEBUT!
Crown City Bombers
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

They've been around for years, they've been around Los Angeles, but, they've never been around Rusty's until this coming Wednesday.

So let's give them a rip-rousing, roaring, welcome.

The Crown City Bombers have their roots firmly planted in rockabilly, country, and 50's and early 60's R&B - the primary influence in all of their original songs. In a relatively short period of time "CCB" has built a dedicated legion of fans in the Southern California root and rockabilly scene; tearing it up at such venues as The Derby, Blue Cafe, The Purple Orchid, and numerous car shows including the Long Beach Car Club and Rascals in San Pedro. The band has opened for many headline acts including Lee Rocker of Stray Cats, James Intveld, Big Sandy, Hot Rod Lincoln and Wanda Jackson and are a regular presence at the annual Viva Las Vegas weekend festival.

See you on the dance floor,
Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals

Be proud to say, "I support live music!"


MORE... SAVE THE DATE:

Friday, March 30*
Lil' Mo & The Dynaflos
Special Guests Instructors Steve & Chanzie
And... The Ice Cream Man!
*no dance on April 6 (moved to March 30)


 

AND MORE...

Wednesday, April 4
Fabulous Esquires Big Band

Wednesday, April 11
Icy Hot Club of California

SPECIAL EVENT
Wednesday, April 18
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums!

Wednesday, April 25
A Rusty's Debut ~ The Upbeat Swing Orchestra


See you on the dance floor,

Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals
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Be proud to say, "I support live music!"

GENERAL INFO

LOCATION:
Rusty's Rhythm Club is held at The Elks Lodge
8025 W. Manchester Avenue, Playa Del Rey, 90293

(park and enter in the back)

At Rusty's Rhythm Club we have a swing dance every Wednesday,
except the week of our First Friday of the month dance.

The $15 admission includes a half-hour beginner swing dance lesson and live music with some of the hottest bands around. Please check our schedule before heading out to the club, as sometimes our schedule varies.

TIMES: Wednesday 8:00-11:30 ~ Friday 8:30-Midnight
$15 Cover Charge ~ Beginner Class 1/2 hour before the dance

Read about our Frequent Dancer Card and Passes Policy

"$10 AFTER 10" ON WEDNESDAYS
Don't forget about our special discount after 10:00pm on Wednesdays!
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!"



GET RUSTY'S GIFT CARDS

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A perfect birthday present for your dancing loved ones, or just a nice gift to say, "Come on! Let's dance!"

Pick them up from Rusty or from one of her cheerful minions at the club or class.

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March 30-April 1
BALBOA RENDEZVOUS

Special Rates for Saturday & Sunday

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I want to give my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION for Joel Ply's Balboa Rendezvous.

And for those who can't get there by Friday, Joel has announced special a la carte rates for the rest of the weekend.

Truly, don't miss this event! There are tracks for all levels.

Check it out!

See you there!

For all the information, visit:
BALBOARENDEZVOUS.COM

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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.


Email me or call 310 606 5606. I'll do everything I can to keep dancing in your life.

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