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Swing Time Newsletter — Wednesday FEB 25th 2009
Hi Everyone! Get ready to dance tonight (Wednesday) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night! Tonight's 6pm lesson will cover the very cool tandem (front-to-back) Charlestons, the last of our Charleston Classes before we move on to 6pm Shim Sham Classes Wednesday March 4th. These 6pm bonus lessons are followed by Swing Lessons 7-8pm, and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm. The next Swing Time! live music & dance event is just two Fridays away -- Friday March 6th's Big Band Night at the Gulfport Casino! Then Swing Time returns to Centro Asturiano in Tampa on Friday March 27th. Details on all these new events and classes are below. --Sam
Wednesday March 18th, celebrate Frankie Week at the Gulfport Casino! It's the granddaddy of swing, Frankie Manning's, 95th birthday, so join swing scenes from around the world to honor Frankie in a Global Shim Sham! Dress in your swingin'est attire. We'll be filming the entire performance and submitting it to the global video compilation to be played at Frankie's Birthday Festival in NYC in May! Don't know the Shim Sham? Need to brush up? Take the 6pm Lesson on Wednesdays March 4th, 11th & 18th.
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Swing Time! BIG BAND NIGHT
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
Friday, March 6th, 2009
featuring... THE TEN O'CLOCK BAND
Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band!
Friday, March 6th, 2009, Swing Time hosts Big Band Night at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, featuring live music by The Ten O'Clock Band, Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band! Kicking off the event is a group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed). Then it's time to swing, with live music & dancing, 9:00pm-12:30am, plus a dance contest at intermission with $100 Cash 1st Prize!
The Ten O'Clock Band brings the big-band experience to Swing Time. 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!
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.
Live Music & Dancing w/ The Ten O'Clock Band, 9pm-12:30am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed), 8-9pm
Swing Dance Contest (with a Twist) at Intermission -- $100 Cash 1st Prize!
All Ages & Smoke-Free
Friendly Social Atmosphere
Beautiful Waterfront Ballroom
Huge Dance Floor
$13 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking
For more info, phone 813-274-4950, visit
on the web, or click the links below:
[Band Bio] [Contest] [Map & Directions] [More Info]
UPCOMING SWING TIME EVENTS
Click the links below or scroll downward for details on each event
EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!
Mar 6, 2009 (Fri):
Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
BIG BAND NIGHT
featuring The Ten O'Clock Band
Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band!
Tickets: $13; purchase at the door
Mar 27, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano
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