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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday JAN 28th 2008


SWING CENTRO 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
This Thursday (JAN 31) at Centro Asturiano in Tampa
Big DANCE CONTEST + Refreshments & Prizes!

That's right, it's been exactly one year since we launched Swing Centro, the every-Thursday swing night at Centro Asturiano in Tampa.  So join the fun at this Thursday's (January 31st) One-Year Anniversary Party!  We'll have cake & refreshments, special prize giveaways, plus a dance contest at 10pm where winners advance to the Florida State Fair's Swing Dance Competition to vie for $2500+ in prizes!  The evening starts with a swing-dance lesson, 7-8pm, with Sam & Allison (no partner needed).  Then get ready to dance, 8pm-midnight, with DJ's Sam & Richy; for this celebration, we're bringing back the best swing music from 2007, plus as many songs as we can find that Paul Mallett (DJ from one year ago) used to play!  Thursday's dance contest is open to any amateur male/female dance couple, ages 18+ (amateur = does not receive pay for teaching and dances strictly as a recreational hobby); all couples will dance simultaneously to three song segments (slow, medium, and fast) selected by the DJs.  See below for full info on Swing Centro, including directions.  Also see below for info on the Florida State Fair Dance Competition.


PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Valentine's Ball! w/ Ten O'Clock Big Band 2/14/2008 @ Centro Asturiano

Thursday,  February 14th,  2008
VALENTINE'S BALL !
at  Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano)
featuring the  Ten O'Clock Band
Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band!!
+ Valentine's Decor, Prizes, Candy, Chocolates & More!

Thursday, February 14th, is Valentine's Day, so we're celebrating with a special event at Swing Centro -- the Valentine's Ball!  Bring your sweetheart, bring your friends, or come alone... any way you make it, it's going to be a great time!  The evening features live music and dancing, 8pm-midnight, with the Ten O'Clock Band, Florida's leading 18-piece big band!  Kicking off the event is a group swing-dance lesson, 7-8pm (no partner needed).  The Valentine's Ball features Valentine's decor, prizes, candy, chocolates & more!  All ages are welcome.  It all happens in the fabulous vintage Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano in Tampa.  Everyone's encouraged to wear something that's red, white, or pink!

The Ten O'Clock Band brings the big-band experience to the Valentine's Ball.  When people speak of "the big bands", this is what they mean -- five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, plus piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.  The band's bold & brassy sound will fill the Grand Ballroom, with minimal need for amplification, letting participants experience the classic days of swing as it was meant to be played, heard, danced to, and otherwise enjoyed.  Exciting soloists, excellent musicianship, and great coordination as a unit have earned the band rave reviews from dancers as well as fellow musicians across the Bay area!

This special event is co-sponsored by Centro Asturiano and Swing Time.  Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Swing Dance Lesson (no partner needed),  7-8pm
Live Music & Dancing w/ the Ten O'Clock Big Band,  8pm-12

Exciting Social Atmosphere
Fabulous Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Prize Giveaways  * 
Admission $12  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Gated Parking

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


2008 SWING & SALSA DANCE SHOWDOWN
at the Florida State Fair
Compete for $2500+ in Prizes!

This dance competition -- sponsored by VerizonFiOS, Centro Asturiano, and the Florida State Fair -- features a Swing Division, a Salsa Division, and over $2500 worth of prizes!  The competition finals are followed by an after-party at the State Fair on Sunday February 17th, where everyone's invited to dance to a mix of Latin & Swing hits.  Both the Swing and Salsa competitions are open to the first 40 couples who enter, and the deadline for entering is at the mandatory competitor's orientation meeting, held Mon Feb 4th at 7pm at Centro Asturiano.  The entry fee is just $30 per couple and it includes four free admissions to the Florida State Fair.  Click for full details on the competition.

PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Florida State Fair 2008 Swing & Salsa Dance Showdown


PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Gulfport Casino Swing Night! Every WED @ Gulfport Casino

GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT
EVERY WEDNESDAY in Gulfport (St. Petersburg, FL)

The Gulfport Casino Swing Night is a high-energy social-dance event, happening in a beautiful retro-era grand dance hall -- the Gulfport Casino -- that beckons all who venture near to come inside and swing!  Now in its 10th year, this every-Wednesday Swing Night has become one of the biggest swing dances in the USA, attracting hundreds of dancers of all ages, both locals and often visiting travelers.

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

Shim Sham,  Dance Jams,  Prizes,  Mixers,  & More!

Beautiful & Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
Friendly Social Atmosphere
One of the World's Best Dance Floors!

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

The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.  For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Swing Centro! Every THU @ Centro Asturiano

SWING CENTRO
EVERY THURSDAY in Ybor City (Tampa, FL)

Every Thursday, the Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano comes alive, as all ages gather for Swing Centro, an exciting night of swing music and dancing!  Dancers swing & move, shake & groove to the latest swingin' sounds, while scenesters socialize in the fabulous vintage surroundings or enjoy a drink at the bar.  Every Swing Centro event starts with a group swing-dance lesson (7-8pm), where no partner is needed and no prior dance experience is necessary.  Every event continues with music & dancing, 8pm-midnight.  Vintage attire is encouraged (though not required) and many people come decked out in styles from the 20's-50's.

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


Exciting Social Atmosphere!
Fabulous Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Prize Giveaways  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Gated Parking
Students Get  2-for-1 Admission!

Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).  For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


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

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night

    EVERY THURSDAY: Swing Centro

Feb 14, 2008 (Thu): Special Event at Swing Centro
                    VALENTINE'S BALL !
                    featuring the 18-Piece Ten O'Clock Big Band!
                    + V-Day Decor, Prizes, Candy, Chocolates & More!
                    Admission $12


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