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Swing Time Newsletter — Wednesday JAN 28th 2009

Hi Everyone...  Tonight (Wed) is your last chance to learn Lindy Hop at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  Tonight's 6-7pm Lindy Hop lesson is followed by a Swing lesson 7-8pm, and Music/Dancing 8-11pm.  Coming February in the 6-7pm lesson slot are Charleston Dance Lessons!  With all Swing Time dance lessons, you can start any week you want; no prior experience is needed, and no partner is needed.  Today's e-newsletter tells you all about two exciting live-music Swing Time! special events:  Friday February 13th's Valentine's Ball in Tampa and Friday February 20th's 1930's Theme Night in Gulfport.  But first, have you seen the New Year's Eve Photos?  --Sam

Important Date Changes:  For those who've marked their calendars early, there are two important date changes.  Due to the Gasparilla Night Parade that Saturday, we've moved the Valentine's Ball to Friday February 13th.  Also, the March date for Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino (live music & swing dancing) has moved to Friday March 6th.

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Friday,  February 13th,  2009
Swing Time!  presents...
VALENTINE'S BALL !
at  Centro Asturiano  in  Tampa
Live Music by  The Juke Joint Kings
+ Valentine's  Decor,  Prizes,  Candy,  Chocolates &  More!

Friday, February 13th, Swing Time presents our 3rd Annual Valentine's Ball, happening in the fabulous vintage Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano in Tampa!  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, 9pm-1am, with the Juke Joint Kings.  Kicking off the event is a group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed).  The Valentine's Ball features Valentine's decor, prizes, candy, chocolates & more!  All ages are welcome.  Everyone's encouraged to wear something that's red, white, or pink!

The Juke Joint Kings are a hot five-piece jump/blues outfit, complete with piano, vocals, harmonica, guitar, bass & drums.  Band members are music veterans with well over 100 years of professional experience between them.  Different members have played with or opened for a who's who list of blues/musical greats, including Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Marshall Tucker Band, Luther Allison, Lonnie Brooks, Albert King, Son Seals, Rock Bottom, Ronnie Earl, Hubert Sumlin, and Mighty Joe Young.  The Juke Joint Kings know how to swing, and are bringing it live to the upcoming Valentine's Ball!

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),  8-9pm
Live Music & Dancing w/ the Juke Joint Kings,  9pm-1am
Valentine's  Decor,  Prizes,  Candy,  Chocolates  &  More!
Everyone's encouraged to wear something that's Red, White, or Pink!

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, phone 813-274-4950, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
Band Bio       Map & Directions       Lesson       More Info


Friday,  February 20th,  2009
Swing Time!  1930's Theme Night
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
featuring hot swingin' jazz & blues by The...
Blue Vipers of Brooklyn!

Friday, February 20th, 2009, Swing Time hosts a 1930's Theme Night, featuring hot swingin' jazz & blues by The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn!  The event takes place at the beautiful and historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom, and everyone's encouraged to dress 1930's style, with prizes for the best costumes!  The 1930's Theme Night starts with a Swing, Charleston & Big-Apple Dance Lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed), and continues with live music & dancing, 9:00pm-12:30am.  A Partner-Charleston Dance Contest happens at band intermission, with $100 Cash 1st Prize!  All ages are welcome!

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are an exciting, original, and highly talented act that bring to life the hot swingin' jazz & blues reminiscent of 1930's New Orleans.  The band met three years ago performing on the streets of New York City and quickly became a favorite of both New Yorkers and tourists from across the world.  The band has become a staple of NYC radio shows, TV shows, concerts and festivals.  They've received rave reviews from NYC's print media, and have recorded two CDs containing a jumpin' blend of original and traditional compositions.  The band has won competitions including Battle of the Bands (May 2007) and Subway Idol (May 2007, Broadcast Live on FOX).  They've even played at the world-famous Farm Aid 2007 concert for the likes of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Mayor Bloomberg.  "The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn provided fantastic entertainment." --Willie Nelson, 6/11/2007  ( Get More Band Info + Listen to Music Samples )

Swing Time is Florida's Premier Swing Event, held one Friday each month in Tampa Bay at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.  The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Live Music & Dancing w/ The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn,  9:00pm-12:30am
Swing / Charleston / Big-Apple Dance Lesson (no partner needed),  8-9pm
Partner-Charleston Dance Contest at Intermission -- $100 Cash 1st Prize!
1930's Attire Encouraged -- Prizes for Best Costumes!

All Ages  &  Smoke-Free
Exciting Social Atmosphere
Beautiful Vintage 1930's Waterfront Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor
Prize Giveaways
Full Bar

$12 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking

For more info, phone 813-274-4950, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Band Bio]     [Contest]     [Map & Directions]     [Lesson]     [More Info]


GULFPORT CASINO SWINGS! — Every WEDNESDAY
Exciting New 2009 Format — Lindy Lessons, Student Discounts & More!

Lindy Hop Lesson 6-7pm
Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm
Swing Music & Dance 8-11pm

*  All Ages  *  No Partner Needed  *
Huge Dance Floor — One of World's Best!
Beautiful Retro-Era Waterfront Dance Hall

Admission $7 (includes 2 Free Lessons!)
Students get 2-for-1 Admission!

Full Bar  ~  Prize Giveaways  ~  Smoke-Free  ~  Free Parking
Celebrate Your Birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

The Gulfport Casino is one of the world's best ballrooms, offering up social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting.

Map & Directions     Dance Lessons     More Info


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

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

Feb 13, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano
                    VALENTINE'S BALL
                    Live Music by  The Juke Joint Kings
                    + V-Day Decor, Prizes, Candy, Chocolates & More!
                    Tickets: $12;  purchase at the door

Feb 20, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
                    1930's THEME NIGHT
                    featuring  The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
                    Hot Swingin' Jazz & Blues from NYC!
                    Tickets: $12;  purchase at the door


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