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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday JUN 9th 2009

Hi Everyone...  Hot off the presses, the Swing Time! Pre-Independence-Day Celebration happens Friday July 3rd at the Gulfport Casino and features live music by Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo plus free watermelon for everyone!  Our next Tampa event is Friday June 26th's Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano. Join us this Wednesday (June 10th) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda Lessons 6-7pm (yes, you can start any week), followed by Swing Dance Lessons 7-8pm, Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm, and Carleene's Birthday Dance Jam at 9:30pm!   SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER Special this coming WED June 10th Only:  Attention Students, and Teachers Too!  Just flash your school ID at the door at this Wednesday's Gulfport Casino Swing Night, pay your $7 admission, and receive a Free Pass good for the FOLLOWING Wednesday!  Read on for full event details and more swing happenings.  See you this Wednesday at the Gulfport Casino!  --Sam

Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda Update:  What a great turnout we had last week for the kickoff of Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda!  Last Wednesday, we almost got through all the Level 1 material, so for returning students, we'll have a special class this Wednesday (call it Level 1.5), where we'll pick up from where we left off, review and complete Level 1, dance the Rueda, and get ready for Level 2!  For new students, start this week and we'll have a new, separate Level 1 class just for you that starts at the beginning!  Get Ready for Six Different Levels -- Beginning to Advanced -- of Lindy Hop (the partner swing dance) and Swing Rueda (the partner-switching group dance).  Lindy Hop will advance, expand, and add excitement to your swing dancing!  Swing Rueda will give you opportunities to dance your Lindy Hop with a roomful of dancers!  To learn Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda simultaneously, just take the 6-7pm Bonus Lessons at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  We used to charge $35 for 4 weeks of these classes, but now all classes are yours FREE! ...with paid admission to the event.  Every Wednesday in June & July, the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson will be Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda, followed by the Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pmMore Info -- Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda Classes

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Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
 PRE-INDEPENDENCE-DAY CELEBRATION 
Friday,  July 3rd,  2009
featuring...  Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo
 Free Watermelon!     Red, White & Blue Dress Encouraged! 

Friday, July 3rd, 2009, Swing Time hosts a Pre-Independence-Day Celebration at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, featuring live & swingin' music by Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  There'll be dance exhibitions at band intermission, plus free watermelon for all who attend!  Everyone's encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.  The event kicks off with a group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed), followed by live music & dancing, 9:00pm-12:30am.

Get ready to jump... get ready to rock... get ready to swing! ...with Tampa Bay's most exciting swingin' act, Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  This talented & energetic band features sax, drums, bass, and Charlie himself on guitar, harmonica & vocals.  Whether it's uptempo & jumpin' or low down & gritty, these guys deliver a huge and varied repertoire of dance favorites... along with the power, the sound, and the excitement that'll pull you up out of your seat and get you onto your feet!

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/ Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo,  9pm-12:30am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed),  8-9pm

Doors Open 7:30pm      Dance Exhibitions at Intermission!

Free Watermelon!      Red, White & Blue Dress Encouraged!

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, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Band Bio]     [Dance Lesson]     [Map & Directions]     [More Info]


CHARITABLE FUNDRAISERS

Swing Time will be teaching two hours of swing dancing, Noon-2pm, at The Art of Rescue: Dancing to a New Beat, a benefit for Florida Boxer Rescue held this Saturday June 13th at the Art Institute of Tampa.  This all-day event runs 8am-7pm and includes a pancake breakfast, ice carving demonstration, 8 hours of dance lessons (belly, line, disco, swing), seminars (arts, crafts, dogs, culinary), art displays, and auctions.  It's followed by a "whine down" party, 7-10pm, with hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, wine and beer, and live music.  Visit the website above for tickets or more info.

Dancers4Cancer is the creation of Cheryl Altman (one of our regular swing dancers at the Gulfport Casino).  Last year, both of Cheryl's parents died from cancer.  She wanted to find a way to honor their lives, and began planning the Dancers4Cancer Sock Hop.  Her hope is to bring together 400 dancers who will raise $10,000.00 for the Gulfcoast Oncology Foundation.  Cheryl said, "Dancing was Mom's passion and now my passion!  I am having a blast following in her footsteps."  The benefit includes snacks, raffles, tributes, a dance demo, and live music by Terry & the Pirates.  It's Friday June 19th, 8pm-12, at the Gulfport Casino.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  For more info, phone 727-424-6945 or visit the website above.


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

Every Wednesday in June & July, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda!  Get Ready for Six Different Levels -- Beginning to Advanced -- of Lindy Hop (the partner swing dance) and Swing Rueda (the partner-switching group dance).

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


"We wish to take this opportunity to thank Sam and his staff for allowing us to introduce West Coast Swing to the Gulfport swing dancers.  Tina and I received a warm welcome and great feedback for our effort.  For those who came to our early class, thank you to all.  It was a joy to teach.... Again, thanks, and we will see you on Wednesday nights as usual."  --John Henning and his assistant Tina Castle


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Swing Time!  at  Centro Asturiano  in  Tampa
Friday June 26th 2009
Swing Music & Dancing,  9pm-1am
Swing Dance Instruction,  8-9pm
Admission $7     Prize Giveaways!

ALL AGES WELCOME
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

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     Dance Lesson     More Info


Swing Time DANCE TEAMS are now forming!  Interested in training, learning, performing, even competing?  Just reply back to this newsletter ( email Events@SwingTime.info ) for more info.  To get started, attend the Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda classes, 6pm Wednesdays, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Nights.  You must learn Lindy Hop & Swing Rueda to perform.


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

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

Jun 26, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano

Jul  3, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
                     PRE-INDEPENDENCE-DAY CELEBRATION 
                    featuring  Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo
                    The Kings of Retro Swinging Blues!
                     Free Watermelon!   Red, White & Blue Dress Encouraged! 
                    Tickets: $11;  purchase at the door

Jul 10, 2009 (Fri): Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano


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