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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday DEC 29th 2009

Hi Everyone,  Swingin' the New Year is on track to be the greatest swing-dance event in modern Florida history, and yes, even bigger than last year's record-breaking event!  Time is running out to purchase advance tickets or reserve tables/alcoves for New Year's Eve, because advance ticket sales end this coming Wednesday (December 30th).  Purchase your advance tickets securely online right now.  Or, your very last chance to purchase advance tickets in person will be at this Wednesday's Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  You can also purchase tickets the night of event at the Coliseum Box Office, but do yourself a favor, save $4/ticket, and get better seats by purchasing your advance tickets online now.  Details are hot off the presses for the Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot & Contest, with fantastic prizes for the winners and free photos for everyone!  We're gearing up for an incredible night this Thursday.... See you New Year's Eve at the Coliseum!  --Sam

Join us this Wednesday, December 30th at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for West-Coast Swing Bonus Lesson 6-7pm, followed by 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!  2009 FREE PASSES EXPIRE -- This Wednesday will be your last chance to use any Free Passes you may be holding, so use 'em up before they expire!  STUDENT SPECIAL -- Show school ID, pay your $7 admission, and receive a Free Pass good for an upcoming Wednesday!  (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)

New Year's Resolution -- Learn to Lindy Hop!  Registration is now open for Swing Time's January-March Lindy Hop courses and dance teams!  Tuesdays, starting January 19th, at 1st Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, we're offering Lindy Hop I, and Lindy Hop II, and Dance Team I -- Swing Rueda!  For experienced Lindy Hoppers / Swing Dancers, on Thursdays we're offering an exciting new dance choreography, At the Hop, as part of our brand new 1950's Dance Team!  Check out all the new course and team descriptions online, then join us in the New Year!

Lindy Hop II       Lindy Hop I
Dance Team I -- Swing Rueda
8-Week Courses Begin
Tuesday January 19th

Reserve Your Place Today!
1950's Dance Team
"At the Hop" Routine & more!
Thursdays in ST PETERSBURG
8-Week Series Begins
Thursday January 21st

Reserve Your Place Today!

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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 the  Gulfport Casino Swing Night:  WED 12/30  6-11pm

Group/VIP Reservations:  Group discounts and Reserved VIP Alcoves & Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, with complimentary deluxe chocolates included!  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).

[Tickets]     [Map & Directions]     [More Info]


Everyone's invited to dress up in vintage attire this New Year's Eve and enter the Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot & Contest at Swingin' the New Year!  Here's how it works.  Both ladies and men are encouraged to enter the contest -- there will be top prizes for the best male & female contestants.  Choose your favorite era and dress accordingly; just remember that this is New Year's Eve, so you'll want to look fabulous!  Stop by the photo alcove during prejudging hours, 7:30-10:00pm, to enter the contest and get your photo taken.  By the way, anyone can get their photo taken at the photo alcove free of charge during the evening; you need not enter the contest or be dressed vintage.  All photos will be posted online soon after the event.  During prejudging, judges will select the top few male and female contestants to "walk the runway" during the finals.  Finals happen at 10:30pm, and all contestants must report to the stage area (dancefloor level) BEFORE 10:30pm.  To make it quick this year, only the finalists will be called to walk the runway.  Winners will be chosen by judges and audience applause.  1st place female and male contestants each receive an all-weekend all-access pass to Swing Dance USA -- a $100+ value!  Top contestants also receive prize packages containing swing-dance event tickets and other good stuff.  All contestants get their free New Year's Eve photos taken in the photo alcove!

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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
Doors Open 7:30pm

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.

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