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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday MAR 30th 2009

Hi Everyone!  This Wednesday (April 1st) is Fool's Fest at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  This Friday (April 3rd) is Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino featuring the Juke Joint Kings!  Our next Tampa event is Saturday, April 25th's Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano.  See you this Wednesday & Friday at the Gulfport Casino!  --Sam

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** News Flash **   Jim Webb has completed and uploaded his amazing video of the Tampa Bay / Gulfport Casino edition of the Global Shim Sham... thanks, Jim!  Check it out!  Outdoor scenes were shot at the end of the 6pm Shim Sham Lesson, so good job by all the new Shim Shammers!  See Shim Sham videos from around the world, submitted for Frankie Manning's 95th Birthday Celebration.

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This Wednesday,  April 1st,  2009  (No Foolin'!)
FOOL's FEST Celebration
at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

This Wednesday, April 1st, 2009, Swing Time hosts the FOOL's FEST, an April Fool's Day Celebration at the Gulfport Casino, with a Bad Dancing Contest and a Bad Hair Contest!  Foolish & outrageous costumes are encouraged!  Kicking off the event are two dance lessons (no partner needed): learn Foolish Steps 6-7pm during the Big Apple Dance Lesson, and Foolish Moves 7-8pm during the Swing Dance Lesson.  Then dance the night away with Swing Music & Dancing, 8-11pm.  At intermission (9:30pm), the dance & fashion contests will be held, with prizes for the worst dancing, most outrageous costumes, and baddest hairdon'ts! ...all this for the foolishly low price of $7.

Big-Apple Dance Lesson 6-7pm (Foolish Steps)
Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm (Foolish Moves)
Swing Music & Dance 8-11pm

Bad Dancing Contest & Bad Hair Contest & Foolish Costume Contest at 9:30pm

*  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!

Map & Directions     Dance Lessons     More Info


** News Flash **   Advancing Your Swing will be the topic of the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night on Wednesdays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th.  Advancing Your Swing covers all the intermediate material from one of Swing Time's Level II courses; it's all about taking your dancing to that next level!


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

This 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.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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]


** News Flash **   Nick De Stefano has written a motivational book entitled Who Sleeps in Your Skin?  "Discover how your past experiences influence your choices today".  In addition to being a successful business owner, business coach & consultant, Nick has been an avid swing dancer on the Tampa Bay scene for the last many years.  Swing Time will be giving away a copy of Nick's book in the prize drawing at this Friday, April 3rd's Swing Time event at the Gulfport Casino.  The book is available for purchase at his website (click link above).


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

April's Bonus Lesson topics are Big Apple on April 1st and Advancing Your Swing on April 8, 15, 22 & 29.  Advancing Your Swing covers all the intermediate material from one of Swing Time's Level II courses; it's all about taking your dancing to that next level!

Bonus 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!

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

Apr 25, 2009 (Sat): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano


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