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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday OCT 10th 2016

Tickets are on sale for Swingin' the New Year at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum, featuring UK swing sensations, The Jive Aces!  Buy tickets now to get the best seats.  Earlybird Tickets — Save $8/Ticket — Purchase by October 31st.  Group discounts and VIP Alcoves and Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, so start organizing your group today.  Alcove Special — 28 Tickets + Private VIP Alcove for $700 — Purchase by October 31st.  This Grand New Year's Eve Celebration for All Ages is Florida's biggest annual swing-dance event...make plans now to join us!  Info & Tickets — www.NewYearSwing.com 

This Wednesday, October 12th, is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Triple-Time Swing Lesson 6-7pm, East-Coast Swing Lesson 7-8pm, and Dancing 8-11pm.  Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, and students get $5 admission.  Is your birthday coming up?  Celebrate your birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  Featuring instructors, Sam & Teresa, Triple-Time Swing lessons run Wednesdays, October 12th & 19th, during the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson.  Triple-Time Swing forms the basis for most advanced swing dancing, for the simple reason that if you add more steps, you can perform more intricate moves.  So kick your dancing up a few notches with these lessons, and learn some very cool moves in the process!

This Saturday, October 15th, is Balboa Boot Camp, a complete four-week Balboa course, all in one afternoon!  Learn Balboa, the top dance craze in the swing world.  Get your registrations in.  We've had a great response so far, and are really looking forward to it!  Two levels are offered, beginning and intermediate.  Balboa Boot Camp happens 2-6pm at Simone Salsa studio in Tampa.  It's followed by the Saturday Swing evening dance, which is included in the price of your Boot Camp registration.  Registration is $30 through Friday at 6:00pm (Advance Registration), or $35 at the door Saturday (Day of Event)Register online right now to save $5.  Full details are below.

This Saturday, October 15th, is Saturday Swing in Tampa, with Swing Dancing 9pm-12:00, plus Blues Dancing starting at midnight!  Join us at 8pm, prior to the dance, for the Swing Dance LessonBalboa Jack & Jill Dance Contest at 11:15pm with three levels — Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced — free entry, and great prizes!  Admission is $10 before midnight (includes lesson, swing dancing, and blues dancing), or $5 after midnight (includes blues dancing only).  All ages are welcome, no partners are needed, and prizes are given away at intermission.  Saturday Swing happens the 3rd Saturday of every month at Simone Salsa studio, 8336 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33615Simone Salsa features awesome atmosphere, lighting, and sound; its own free parking lot; and a large smooth hardwood dance floor.

Wednesday, October 26th, is Swing Time's 15th Annual HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  Put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters!  The Ball starts with a one-of-a-kind dance lesson: Shim Sham (with Special Zombie Styling!) 7-8pm; no partner needed.  Starting at 8pm, dance 'til the midnight hour to the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix... that's right! — all Halloweeny music, all the way to midnight!  The Halloween Costume Ball features a Costume Parade & Contest with $500+ worth of Prizes for the best costumes!  (See categories.)  The Ball features loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treats; Door Prizes; a Zombie Shim Sham; a Steal Dance Mixer; plus Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere.  Just $10 admission includes EVERYTHING, and all ages are welcome!  (No free passes or student specials accepted at this special event.)  Experience Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... fifteen years running!  More Info

Sunday, November 13th, is Ballroom Fusion Night at the Gulfport Casino, with Carolina Shag Lessons 6-8pm, and Dancing 8-11pm to a variety of music for a variety of dances.  Just $8 includes the lessons and the dance, and students get $5 admissionSwing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Renee Lipman, who will teach the lessons prior to the dance.  Ballroom Fusion Night is partnered social dancing "outside the box", featuring lessons and music for today's most popular partner dances, plus exciting new dance music!  Ballroom Fusion Night is held the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Gulfport Casino.

Friday, November 18th, the Suncoast Jazz Classic festival hosts its 7th annual Friday Night Swing Dance at the Sheraton on Sand Key (Clearwater Beach).  The dance features an amazing lineup of live music, featuring four superbly swinging bands from across the USA!  This is a must-attend event for swing dancers, balboa dancers, lindy hoppers, and music lovers who appreciate swinging big-band and traditional jazz.  Get ready to dance to some world-class live music!  Each band performs one full hour's set of music for your dancing pleasure.  The evening's lineup is 6:30-7:15pm Swing Time Dance Lessons, 7:30-8:30pm Hot Jazz Pie (Orlando, FL), 8:45-9:45pm The Midiri Brothers (NJ/NY/PA), 10:00-11:00pm The Fat Babies (Chicago, IL), and 11:15pm-12:15am Dave Bennett Quartet (Detroit, MI).  Tickets are $22 online in advance or $25 the day of event.  Special advance tickets will be available for just $20 at all prior Swing Time events...you must purchase these in person.  More Info

$30 Advance Registration 'til Friday 10/14 — Save $5

Swing Time presents Balboa Boot Camp, an intensive workshop that gives you the benefit of an entire four-week Balboa course, all in one afternoon!  Two levels are offered, with instructors determining your appropriate level.  Balboa Boot Camp happens Saturday, October 15th, 2-6pm, at Simone Salsa, 8336 W Hillsborough Ave in Tampa.  No partners needed.

Level 1 (Beginning) — Learn Balboa!  Level 1 is a complete introductory course in Balboa.  It's for dancers with little-to-no Balboa experience and for dancers who want to master the basics.  Level 1 features four hours of intensive instruction, drills, and practice, taking you step by step through 12 fundamental moves of Balboa.  These include the Downhold Basic, Uphold Basic, Ad Libs, Scoots, Paddles, Come Arounds, Lollies, Throw Outs & Returns, Outs & Ins, Lunges & Crossovers.  Learn to skillfully dance the Level 1 material, and you'll be ready for the Intermediate Level at Balboa events worldwide!  Level 1 is taught by Sam Mahfoud & Teresa Ullman.  (Click for instructor info.)

Level 2 (Intermediate) — Advance & Improve Your Balboa!  Level 2 is for dancers already proficient at Balboa, who can skillfully dance most of the Level 1 material.  Level 2 is all about increasing the quality of your Balboa dancing.  Participants will refine and polish their fundamentals, learn new Balboa moves and variations, and increase the musicality of their dancing.  Level 2 is taught by Tom Blair & Aryn Kelly Rathbone.  (Click for instructor info.)

Balboa Boot Camp is followed by the Saturday Swing evening dance, which is included in the price of your Boot Camp registration.  Registration is $30 through October 14th at 6:00pm (Advance Registration), or $35 at the door (Day of Event)Register online right now to save $5.

1:30-2:00pm – Doors Open, Registration, Warm Up
2:00-6:00pm – Boot Camp (includes breaks & practice time)
6:00-8:00pm – Dinner Break
8:00 onward – Saturday Swing Dance

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Balboa Boot Camp, 2 Levels — SAT 10/15
Saturday Swing + Balboa Jack & Jill + Midnight Blues! — SAT 10/15
Halloween Costume Ball @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night — WED 10/26
Swing Dance @ Suncoast Jazz Classic with 4 Top USA Bands! — FRI 11/18
Swingin' the New Year Celebration featuring Jive Aces! — SAT 12/31

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