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Swing Time Newsletter — Saturday OCT 24th 2009

Hi Everyone!  Join us this Wednesday, October 28th for Swing Time's 8th Annual  Halloween Costume Ball  at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  It starts with a 6-7pm Shim Sham Bonus Lesson with special Zombie Styling!  That's followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm; then Dance 8-11pm to the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!  The night features a costume parade & contest, with hundreds of dollars worth of cash and prizes!  Prizes include cash, dinner for two at the Don CeSar, free passes to the amazing Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, free Swing Night passes, Halloween goodies and more!  The party features loads of chocolate, candy, & trick-or-treats; door prizes; plus special Halloween decor & atmosphere!  So put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters!  Full details below.  See you Wednesday!  --Sam

Halloween Costume Ball

Looking for a great party for Saturday, Halloween night?  Check out the Masquerade Ball (details below), a benefit for Children's Dream Fund put on by our friends at the Don CeSar.

November & December, we have some very exciting 6-7pm Bonus Lessons and guest instructors coming to the Wednesday Gulfport Casino Swing Nights!  Every Wednesday in November, the Bonus Lesson will be Collegiate Shag!  If you like East-Coast Swing (aka Swing, aka Regular Swing), then you'll love Collegiate Shag.  Just like East-Coast Swing, Collegiate Shag is a 6-count dance; and it can be danced to all of the same music, from medium tempos to fast.  Don't miss the special Collegiate Shag Demo by instructors, Forrest & Sarah, at this Wednesday's Halloween Costume Ball!  Looking ahead to December, the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson will be West-Coast Swing!  Bonus Lessons are followed by the Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm.

Friday, November 6th is Swing Time's 1940's USO Swing Dance at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, featuring the 18-Piece Ten O'Clock Big Band!  Make plans now to attend, and read about it below!


Lindy Hop I  (7:30-8:30pm)
Comprehensive Beginning Lindy Hop Course!

Swing I  (6:30-7:30pm)
Introduction to Swing Dancing!

7-Week Courses Begin Monday NOV 2
Register Now! -- Reserve Your Space

All classes instructed by Sam & Carleene
All classes at Clearwater Academy, 801 Drew St, Clearwater   Map


Lindy Hop II  (9-10pm)
The Ultimate Intermediate Lindy Hop Course!

Dance Team I  (8-9pm)
First-Level Performance Dance Team!

"5 Months" Routine  (7-8pm)
Choreographed Intermediate-Level Lindy Hop Routine!

7-Week Courses Begin Thursday OCT 29
Register Now! -- Reserve Your Space

All classes instructed by Sam & Carleene
All classes at 1st Dance Studio, 5098 66th St N, St Petersburg   Map

Mark your calendars for the following big events!  Friday, November 20th is the next Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano in Tampa.  Wednesday, November 25th is the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Bash at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, featuring live & swingin' music by The Steve Arvey Band!  Friday, December 4th is Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino featuring The Venturas!  Thursday, December 31st is Swingin' the New Year at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum...  tickets go on sale soon...  stay tuned for details!

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Attention guys & ghouls!  Put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters...

Halloween Costume Ball

Swing Time's 8th Annual
at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
This Wednesday,  October 28th,  2009

Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... Eight Years Running!
Featuring the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix!

Shim Sham Lesson,  6-7pm  (no partner needed)... + Bonus Dance!
Swing Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)
Swing Music & Dancing,  8-11pm

Door Prizes + Prizes for the Best Costumes!
Prizes for BestScariestHottestFunniestSwingiest,  and Most Original Costumes!
Costume Contest Winners take home $250+ worth of prizes!
(Small children not eligible for top prizes -- everyone knows adults can't compete with kids!)

Gulfport Casino

Loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treatin' Goodies!
Zombie Shim Sham... A Real Thriller!
Dancing Costume Parade
Steal Dance Mixer
Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Parking  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lessons)

Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
One of the Best Dance Floors Anywhere!
A High-Energy Social Event

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:
[Map & Directions]     [Lessons]     [More Info]

Don CeSar Beach Resort presents...
Masquerade Ball
Saturday, October 31st, 8pm-1am
at the Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Costumes or Masks Encouraged
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children's Dream Fund

The Masquerade Ball features live band, The Venturas, playing a mix of party and dance favorites, plus DJ, 2 dance floors, and five different themed rooms total including the Candy Bar Lounge.  The event includes Heavy Hors D'oeuvres, Drinks, Tarot Card Readers & Palm Readers, plus a Costume Contest with prizes for Best Individual Costume, Best Couples Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Best Mask.

Admission is $65/advance, which includes DJ, Live Band, Heavy Hors D'oeuvres, and 2 Drink Tickets; or $125/advance ($150/door) which includes all of the above plus Full Open Bar.  VIP Reserved Tables are $800/table and include all of the above plus Bottle Service and Full Open Bar for up to 8 Guests.  Room Packages are $109/night for Saturday Night (with purchase of event admission) and $99/night for two nights (Fri-Sun) with purchase of event admission.

For Tickets or More Info:  Phone 727-360-1881 ext 2177

Swing Time! 1940's USO Swing Dance

In honor of Veteran's Day...  Swing Time!  presents...
1940's USO Swing Dance
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
featuring the  18-Piece Ten O'Clock Big Band!
Friday,  November 6th,  2009

Friday, November 6th, 2009... at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom... In honor of Veteran's Day, Swing Time presents our 5th Annual 1940's USO Swing Dance!  WWII-era civilian or military attire is encouraged.  The Ten O'Clock Band, Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band, will be decked out in their Army Air Corps khaki uniforms and they'll be swingin' for all the dancers, 9:00pm-12:30am.  The event starts with a free group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed).  The evening includes prize giveaways, plus WWII-era decor and atmosphere.

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 the first Friday of every 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
Doors Open 7:30pm

All Ages  &  Smoke-Free
Friendly Social Atmosphere
Beautiful Retro Waterfront Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor
Prize Giveaways
Full Bar

$13 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking

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

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Swing Time!  at  Centro Asturiano  in  Tampa
Friday NOVEMBER 20th 2009
Friday DECEMBER 18th 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 Events
Full Bar
Centro Asturiano

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

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

Wednesday, October 28th, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be Shim Sham
Every Wednesday in November, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be Collegiate Shag
Every Wednesday in December, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be West-Coast Swing
Bonus Lessons are yours FREE! ...with paid admission to the event.

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


Interested in training, learning, performing, competing?  Join a Swing Time dance team!  Just click the link for info -- everything you need to know, step by step, to be on a dance team -- plus photos from select past performances!

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