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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday DEC 14th 2009

This Wednesday, December 16th, learn West-Coast Swing in the 6pm lesson at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  This 6pm Bonus Lesson is followed by the Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  No prior experience is needed for either lesson, and no partner is needed.  Admission to Wednesday Swing Nights is just $7, which includes 2 Free Lessons and great all-around fun for all ages!  STUDENT SPECIAL -- Show school ID, pay your $7 admission, and receive a Free Pass good for any upcoming Wednesday!  (details below)

This Friday, December 18th, Tampa's best vintage dance hall swings on a weekend!  It's Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano, with Swing Dance Lesson 8-9pm and Swing Music & Dancing 9pm-1am.  Admission's just $7 and all ages are welcome!  This will be our last event at Centro Asturiano until at least February 2010, so don't miss this Friday!  (details below)

Next Wednesday, December 23rd is our annual Christmas Party at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  (details below)

Thursday, December 31st is Swingin' the New Year at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum!  Make plans now to attend!  Last year's Swingin' the New Year was off the charts -- the biggest swing-dance event in modern Florida history, with 1100+ people turning out for this grand celebration!  This year's promises to be even bigger & better!  Ticket sales are going very strong -- way ahead of last year's at this time.  Could this event sell out?  It's very possible!  But if you act now, excellent reserved seats, tables, and alcoves are still available -- Purchase Your Tickets Today!  Or, get your tickets in person this Wednesday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night or this Friday at Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano(details below)

Friday, January 15th, 2010 is Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino featuring internationally renowned piano superstar, Mitch Woods, & his Rocket 88's!  Tickets are now on sale for this major event -- Get Your Advance Tickets Today!  (Note: Since the first Friday in January is New Year's Day, January's Swing Time event will be held Friday, January 15th instead.)  (details below)

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 Christmas Party Next Wednesday December 23rd! 

We'll celebrate the Christmas season at next Wednesday's (December 23rd) Gulfport Casino Swing Night with refreshments, lights & decor, plus we'll mix in the best of swingable holiday music!  The whole City of Gulfport, especially the waterfront/Casino area, is beautifully decorated for the holidays,... and wait 'til you see the Casino itself, with beautiful lights and festive decor both inside & out!  Join us for this holiday dance celebration!

Gulfport Casino

West-Coast Swing Dance Lesson 6-7pm
East-Coast 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
Friendly Social Atmosphere

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

Swingin' the New Year -- Please Enable Images in Your Email Program

Swingin' the New Year!
Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year's Eve -- Thursday December 31st 2009 -- Swing Time and Swing Gang present... Swingin' the New Year, a grand New Year's Eve celebration for all ages, happening at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum!  The evening includes music, dancing and celebration 9pm-1am, plus an intro swing-dance lesson 8-9pm (no partner needed); doors open at 7:30pm.  The celebration features a midnight countdown & balloon drop, dance performances, a vintage fashion photo shoot & contest, party favors & chocolates, prize giveaways, free parking, and a full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available.  The St. Petersburg Coliseum provides historic swing-era ambiance, a smoke-free atmosphere, and an unparalleled 15,000 square foot oak dance floor!  New Year's and vintage attire are encouraged.  The St. Petersburg Coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg FL 33701.

See PHOTOS from Last Year's Swingin' the New Year!

Music,  Dancing  &  Celebration!   9pm-1am
Swing Dance Lesson:  8-9pm (no partner needed)
Doors Open 7:30pm

Midnight Countdown & BALLOON DROP
Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot & Contest!
Dance Performances
Full Cash Bar w/ Champagne Bottles & Toasts Available
Party Favors  ~  Noisemakers  ~  Chocolates  ~  Prize Giveaways
*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  New Year's Decor  *  Free Parking  *

TICKETS:  $18/in advance -or- $22/day of event  (+ $1 Coliseum surcharge; + $1 online order surcharge);  Purchase Advance Tickets:
Securely Online at www.TampaBaySwing.com
By Phone at 727-669-7830
In Person at Coliseum Box Office:  535 4th Ave N, St Petersburg (10am-4pm M-F, 727-892-5202)
In Person at these fine swing-dance events:
Gulfport Casino:  WED's  6-11pm       Centro Asturiano:  FRI 12/18  8pm-1am

Group/VIP Reservations:  Group discounts and Reserved VIP Alcoves & Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, with complimentary deluxe chocolates included!  The Coliseum balcony, with seating for up to 150, is also available for a large group reservation or sponsorship.  Parties reserving VIP Alcoves may arrive early to custom decorate their alcove, and may contact us for custom seating arrangements (up to 28 seats per alcove), reserving multiple adjacent alcoves, etc.  For group reservations, phone 727-669-7830 or visit www.TampaBaySwing.com.

Food & Drinks:  You may bring your own food to this event, or purchase a variety of snacks from the Coliseum's snack bar (everything from popcorn to ice cream to coffee).  For drinks, the Coliseum will run a full cash bar, with beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks, bottled water, and champagne.  No outside beverages are allowed into the Coliseum, and no coolers are allowed.

For more information, visit www.TampaBaySwing.com on the web, phone 727-669-7830 (Swing Time for Group Reservations -or- Order Tickets by Phone -or- Questions BEFORE Day of Event), phone 813-840-3715 (Event Information Recorded Hotline), or phone 727-892-5202 (Coliseum Box Office for Questions Day of Event).

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Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino -- Please Enable Images in Your Email Program

Friday,  January 15th,  2010
Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
featuring Piano Superstar Mitch Woods
& his Rocket 88's!

Get ready to jump & boogie, rock & swing with internationally renowned piano superstar, Mitch Woods, and his band, the Rocket 88's!  From swingin' New Orleans rhythm & blues dance grooves (in the style of Fats Domino), to swingin' high-energy originals, Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's deliver music that'll make you want to jump up and dance!  The event starts with a group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed), followed by live music & dancing, 9:00pm-12:30am, plus a dance show at intermission.  It all happens Friday, January 15th in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino.

Boogie woogie pianist and vocalist, Mitch Woods, has been pumping the piano for over 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area.  He's become a modern master of the eighty-eights, with wry vocals and thunderous chops that inspired legendary jump-bluesman Joe Liggins to tag him as "Mr. Rocket 88".  He's recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs, and headlined some of the most prestigious clubs and music festivals in the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Amsterdam Blues Festival, and the Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival, to name a few.  He's played with, recorded with, and appeared in concert with a huge list of music legends including James Brown, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Neville Brothers, John Lee Hooker, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

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/ Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's,  9:00pm-12:30am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed),  8:00-9:00pm
Dance Show at Intermission

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

TicketsReserved Seating...$15/advance (must be purchased in advance)
TicketsGeneral Admission...$12/advance -or- $15/day of event
Purchase Advance Tickets Now securely online at www.SwingTime.info
-or-  in person Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
-or-  in person New Year's Eve at Swingin' the New Year
Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking!

Want Reserved Seating?  We highly recommend you purchase advance tickets now!

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
Tickets       Band Bio       Map & Directions       More Info

Gulfport Casino Swing Night -- Please Enable Images in Your Email program

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

Every Wednesday in December, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be West-Coast Swing
Every Wednesday in January, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic will be Blues Dancing
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

Swing Time! at Centro Asturiano -- Please Enable Images in Your Email Program

Swing Time!  at  Centro Asturiano  in  Tampa
This 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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