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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday MAR 23rd 2009

Hi Everyone!  This Wednesday (March 25th) is Pretzel Night 2009 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  This Friday (March 27th) is Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano in Tampa.  Then next Friday (April 3rd) is Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino featuring the Juke Joint Kings!  Thanks to all who took part in last Wednesday's Global Shim Sham; photos and video are coming soon.  See you this Wednesday & Friday!  --Sam

** News Flash **   Registration reopens 5pm today for Frankie 95, Frankie Manning's 95th Birthday Festival, Memorial Day Weekend in NYC.  If you'd like to attend, get your registration in promptly at 5pm, because it could sell out instantly.

PRETZEL NIGHT 2009!  This Wednesday March 25th - One Night Only!  In honor of that much loved and sometimes reviled swing-dance move, The Pretzel, Swing Time presents... Pretzel Night 2009!  Free pretzels for everyone!  (Beer can be purchased at the bar to go with your pretzels.)  Enter the prize drawing to win free passes and free chocolate-covered pretzels!  Learn a variety of pretzelly moves in the 6-7pm & 7-8pm dance lessons!  (See description below.)  What started as a dance lesson has now gotten way out of hand... come experience the craziness this Wednesday!


** News Flash **   Buffalo Gal Vintage has completed its vintage photo session of Tara & Frank, winners of the Vintage Fashion Contest at Swingin' the New Year.  Click the photos above for a larger sample.

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Exciting 2009 Format — Bonus Lessons, Student Discounts & More!

This Wednesday's (March 25th) lesson topic is Pretzels!  In celebration of Pretzel Night 2009, Swing Time is offering an in-depth look at that fun & twisty dance move, the Pretzel!  But wait, there's not just one pretzel, but pretzels come in many varieties...  We'll cover the Men's Pretzel, the Men's Reverse Pretzel, the Ladies Pretzel, the Ladies Reverse Pretzel, and Back-to-Back Switching.  Plus you'll learn everything you need to know to dance those pretzels, including the East-Coast Swing (6-Count) footwork and armwork, good pretzel timing & technique, plus various turns that you can do on their own or as a lead-in/follow-up to the pretzels!  We'll teach one set of pretzelly moves during the 6:00pm lesson and a completely new set of pretzelly moves during the 7:00pm lesson.  You can take either lesson by itself or take both for the most fun!  No prerequisites; no partner is needed.

Swing-Dance Lesson 6-7pm (Pretzels Part A)
Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm (Pretzels Part B)
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

** News Flash **   CNN recently featured USF Dance Professor (and avid Centro Asturiano swing dancer from a few years back), Merry Lynn Morris, and her invention, the Rolling Dance Chair for the disabledSee the video


Swing Time!  at  Centro Asturiano  in  Tampa
This Friday, March 27th, 2009
Swing Music & Dancing,  9pm-1am
Swing Dance Instruction,  8-9pm
Admission $7     Prize Giveaways!

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

Admission includes Free Lesson  ( No Partner Needed )
Free Gated Parking     Smoke-Free Event     Full Bar Available

Map & Directions     Dance Lesson     More Info

** News Flash **   A Clothing Recycling Swap happens this Saturday (March 28th) at Buffalo Gal Vintage in St Pete.  For $5, bring in and take home a bag of clothes!  The swap benefits CASA and features a Recycled Fashion Contest and free hot dogs.

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Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
Friday,  April 3rd,  2009
featuring...  THE JUKE JOINT KINGS
Hot & Jumpin' Swing Band!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 is Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, an exciting evening of live music and swing dancing, featuring The Juke Joint Kings!  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 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 Swing Time!

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 Juke Joint Kings,  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
Prize Giveaways
Full Bar

$11 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]     [More Info]

Click the links below for details on each event

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

Mar 27, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano

Apr  3, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
                    featuring  The Juke Joint Kings
                    Hot & Jumpin' Swing Band!
                    Tickets: $11;  purchase at the door

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