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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday OCT 16th 2007


Dear Swingsters,

Swing Time's 7th Anniversary Celebration is coming this weekend! ...Friday to Tampa and Saturday to Orlando ...Dr Zoot will soon arrive from Pittsburgh revved up and ready to swing!  Advance ticket sales are going strong... these events will be HUGE!  Purchase your advance tickets right now securely online at www.SwingTime.info (deadline for online ticket orders is 7pm Thursday 10/18), or in person this Wednesday 10/17 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, and save $3 off the at-the-door price.  See below for the full scoop on Swing Time's huge 7th Anniversary Celebration, including live-music main events, Jack-and-Jill dance contests, late-night blues dances, dance workshops, and more!  See you there!

Sam

P.S. There's no Swing Centro this Thursday (10/18), because we'll be there Friday instead for Swing Time's 7th Anniversary Celebration!  The every-Thursday Swing Centro resumes the following week (Thu 10/25) with a special Halloween Monster Bash!  But one Halloween dance party is never enough, so mark your calendars for Halloween night (Wed 10/31) at the Gulfport Casino and our 6th Annual Halloween Costume Ball!

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 Swing Time's 
 7th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! 
This Friday October 19th at Centro Asturiano in Tampa
This Saturday October 20th at Dance Orlando
 2 Nights!   2 Cities!   2 Grand Venues!   2 Huge Events! 
Both events feature one of U.S.A.'s Top Swing Bands...  DR ZOOT!

Swing Time celebrates seven years of putting on Florida's premier swing events, with two nights of spectacular swinging in two of Florida's swingin'est cities!  Friday, October 19th, 2007, Swing Time returns to the place where it all started in October 2000 -- the Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano in Tampa!  Then on Saturday, October 20th, 2007, the excitement moves to Dance Orlando, Orlando's grandest dance hall!  Both nights of Swing Time's 7th Anniversary Celebration feature one of the U.S.A.'s top swing acts, Dr Zoot!  And each night of the Celebration includes hours of live music & dancing (9pm-1am), a group swing-dance lesson (8-9pm; no partner needed), anniversary cake, prize giveaways, and a Jack & Jill dance contest at intermission with $100 cash first prize!

Dr Zoot is a horn-driven swingin' 7-piece dance band, complete with trumpet, trombone, sax/flute/clarinet, piano, guitar, upright bass, drums, and vocals!  From jumpin' originals to big band favorites, these guys play it all, give it their own unique style, swing hard, and have fun doin' it!  The excitement is contagious, which always keeps the dance floor movin' & shakin'!  Now in their 10th year, Dr Zoot has recorded six CDs (their latest 2006 release is Pay the Viper), and their music has been featured in numerous CD compilations, TV shows, and films.  The band is wildly popular with swing dancers and music lovers across the USA, regularly playing the nation's heppest clubs and dance venues, from New York to L.A., from Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom in DC to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City...  and soon to appear in Tampa and Orlando for Swing Time's 7th Anniversary Celebration!

Based out of Pittsburgh, Dr Zoot made their first-ever Swing Time appearance back in April, and here's what we had to say:  "In the seven years we've been putting on live-music swing-dance events, many people, including lindy hoppers, swing kids, and old timers too, told us this was the best band ever.  The band did an amazing job for the dancers, delivering a powerful mix of original music plus modern arrangements of big-band favorites, all played with tremendous passion and energy.  The band superbly mixed the tempos and styles, keeping the dance floor packed all night long.  From the rave reviews of people who attended, and from the band's highly evident talent and musicianship, this was one of the top swing acts to ever hit Florida!"

Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).

Dance Orlando is located just north of Orlando at 311 Dane Lane, Longwood FL 32750.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (BOTH NIGHTS)

Live Music & Dancing w/ Dr Zoot,  9pm-1am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner necessary),  8-9pm

Jack & Jill Dance Contest at Intermission -- Big Cash Prizes!

All Ages  &  Smoke-Free
Friendly Social Atmosphere
Beautiful Grand Ballroom
Huge Dance Floor
Prize Giveaways
Refreshments
Free Parking
Cash Bar

Tickets:  $12/event (in advance)  -or-  $15/event (day of)
 -or-  attend both events for just $20 (advance purchase required)

Purchase Advance Tickets securely online at www.SwingTime.info
-or-  in person Wednesday (10/17) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
-or-  in person at Dance Orlando

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Tickets]     [Band Bio]     [Tampa Map]     [Orlando Map]     [More Info]


MAKE A DAY OF IT IN ORLANDO (and TAMPA)
Additional Events for 7th Anniversary Weekend 

Tampa FRI October 19th:
Fri Dinner Suggestions: Tampa Bay Brewing Company    Grass Root Organic Restaurant
Friday Evening 8pm-1am: Swing Time! 7th Anniversary Celebration @ CENTRO ASTURIANO w/ Dr Zoot!
Fri Late-Night 1am-5am: J's Blues-Dance House Party  (See J Friday at Centro for Directions)

Orlando SAT October 20th:
Saturday 11:00am - 5pm: Cool Moves / Footloose & Fancy Free Workshop @ Rollins College w/ Joel & Lenka
Saturday 5:00pm-6:00pm: Aerials Master Class @ Rollins College w/ Joel & Lenka
Sat Dinner Suggestions: Ali Baba's Restaurant  (Huge buffet w/ top Mediterranean cuisine; close to Dance Orlando)
Saturday Night 8pm-1am: Swing Time! 7th Anniversary Celebration @ DANCE ORLANDO w/ Dr Zoot!
Sat Late-Night 1am-5am: Blues Dance @ Zebra Room

Sam writes: "I've heard from many Tampa Bay and Orlando dancers who are planning to attend both nights of the Celebration!  Don't forget that you can go online and purchase the pair of Centro Asturiano / Dance Orlando advance tickets for just $10/ea ($20 total), but time is running out... deadline for online advance ticket orders is 7pm this Thursday 10/18."


Halloween Monster Bash!
at  SWING CENTRO
Thursday,  October 25th,  2007

Door Prizes + Prizes for the Best Costumes!
Costume Contest Winners take home $100+ worth of prizes!
(Small children not eligible for top prizes -- everyone knows adults can't compete with kids!)

Loads of  Chocolate,  Candy,  & Trick-or-Treats!
Amazing Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!
Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere
Dancing Costume Parade
Monster Shim Sham
Steal Dance Mixer

Swing Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)
Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight

Beautiful & Historic Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor!
$7 Admission includes Free Lesson
Students Get  2-for-1 Admission!

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Gated Parking  * 

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


Attention guys & ghouls!  Put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters!  We'll be dancing to the midnight hour, so come join the fun at this year's Halloween Costume Ball!

 Halloween Costume Ball! 
at the GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT
Wednesday,  October 31st,  2007


Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... Six Years Running!
Featuring the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!
Gulfport Casino

Shim Sham Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)... + Bonus Dance!
Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight

Door Prizes + Prizes for the Best Costumes!
Prizes for BestScariestSexiestFunniestSwingiest,  and Most Original Costumes!
Costume Contest Winners take home $150+ worth of prizes!
(Small children not eligible for top prizes -- everyone knows adults can't compete with kids!)

See Photos from Past Halloween Costume Balls!
2002    2003    2004    2005    2006 - Coming Soon

Loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treatin' Goodies!
Monster Shim Sham + Bonus Dance... a Real Thriller!
Dancing Costume Parade
Steal Dance Mixer
Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Parking  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson)

Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
One of the Best Dance Floors Anywhere!
A High-Energy Social Event

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


UPCOMING SWING TIME DANCE CLASSES
All Lessons Free! (with Paid Admission to Event)
All Lessons Taught by Sam & Allison
No Partner Needed; No Prior Experience Needed
All Levels & All Ages Welcome!

This Week:
Oct 17 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     SWING MIX - Turns & Jig Walks, Open/Closed, Single/Double
Oct 19 2007 (Fri) 8-9pm @ Swing Time! (Centro Asturiano):  EAST-COAST SWING - 6 Inside Turns for Follows & Leads
Oct 20 2007 (Sat) 8-9pm @ Swing Time! (Dance Orlando):     EAST-COAST SWING - 6 Outside/Arch Turns + Combos/Double-Turns

...and Beyond:
Oct 24 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     SWING MIX - 1- and 2-Armed Turns & Windmills
Oct 25 2007 (Thu) 7-8pm @ Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano): EAST-COAST SWING - Rubberband + 5 Outside/Arch/Ladies'/Men's Turns
Oct 31 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     SHIM SHAM - + Bonus Dance!
Nov  1 2007 (Thu) 7-8pm @ Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano): CHARLESTON - Front-to-Back Kicks & Variations
Nov  7 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     EAST-COAST SWING - Left-Right Wraps, Pivot Turns, Single/Triple
Nov  8 2007 (Thu) 7-8pm @ Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano): LINDY HOP - Circles & Closed Swingouts
Nov  9 2007 (Fri) 8-9pm @ Swing Time! (Gulfport Casino):   EAST-COAST SWING - 5 Turns from Open & Closed, Moving, Single/Triple
Nov 14 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     SWING MIX - Free/Tuck/Inside Spins & Turns, Ratchet & Tag
Nov 15 2007 (Thu) 7-8pm @ Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano): EAST-COAST SWING - Tuck & Quick Spins, Rebounds & Wraps
Nov 21 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     EAST-COAST SWING - 4 Cross-Armed Turns, Belt Slide, Behind-Back Switch


UPCOMING SWING TIME EVENTS
Click the links below for details on each event

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night

    EVERY THURSDAY: Swing Centro

Oct 18, 2007 (Thu): No Swing Centro Tonight... SWING ON FRIDAY instead of Thursday
                    One Week Only -- Swing at Centro on Friday October 19th (see below)

Oct 19, 2007 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano in Tampa
                    7TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION !
                    featuring  Dr Zoot!
                    One of U.S.A.'s Top Swing Bands!
                    Tickets: $12/advance -or- $15/day of event
                    Click here for Ticket Info or to Purchase Tickets!

Oct 20, 2007 (Sat): Swing Time! at Dance Orlando
                    7TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION !
                    featuring  Dr Zoot!
                    Modern & Exciting Swing Band w/ Piano & Horn Section!
                    Tickets: $12/advance -or- $15/day of event
                    Click here for Ticket Info or to Purchase Tickets!

Oct 25, 2007 (Thu): Special Event at Swing Centro
                     HALLOWEEN MONSTER BASH ! 
                    Costume Prizes,  Theme Music & Decor,  Treats & More!
                    Admission: $7

Oct 31, 2007 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                     HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL ! 
                    Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party for Six Years Running!
                    Admission: $7

 The SECOND FRIDAY  Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
    of EVERY MONTH: Live Music & Dancing!


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