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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday OCT 27th 2009
Hi Everyone! Time is running out to register for Swing Time's new Thursday night courses in St Pete and Monday night courses in Clearwater. This Thursday, October 29th, 7-week Thursday-night courses/practices start at 1st Dance Studio in St Pete for Lindy Hop II, Dance Team I, and the world-famous "5 Months" Routine. This coming Monday, November 2nd, 7-week Monday-night courses start at Clearwater Academy for Lindy Hop I and Swing I. If you haven't yet signed up, then register online right now. Or, your last chance to advance register will be this Wednesday at the Halloween Costume Ball at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night (bring your check to Pat at the front desk). Join the excitement -- register today!
Want to be on a swing-dance team? 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!
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! (details below)
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!
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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Don CeSar Beach Resort presents...
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
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
$13 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking
For more info, visit
on the web, or click the links below:
[Map & Directions] [Lesson] [Band] [More Info]
GULFPORT CASINO SWINGS! --
Exciting 2009 Format -- Bonus Lessons, Student Discounts & More!
Wednesday, October 28th, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be
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.
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