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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday JAN 12th 2010

Join us this Wednesday, January 13th at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Blues Dance Lessons 6-7pm, followed by Swing Dance Lessons 7-8pm and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  Admission to Wednesday Swing Nights is just $7, which includes 2 Free Lessons and great all-around fun for all ages!  No partner is needed.  Blues Dance Lessons: Blues Dance instructor, Dan Rosenthal, has traveled the world over studying and dancing the blues.  Now he shares his expertise on this exciting form of social dancing at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  Come any week, or take them all for the full experience!  Topics are:
      Jan 13 - Learnin' the Moves: Blues-Tango Fusion, and Solo Vocabulary
      Jan 20 - Creating a Groove: Musicality, Stomps, and Stretch
      Jan 27 - Putting It All Together: Make Your Dancing Stand Out
STUDENT SPECIAL -- Show school ID, pay your $7 admission, and receive a Free Pass good for any upcoming Wednesday!  (details below)

This Friday, January 15th, Swing Time presents internationally renowned piano superstar, Mitch Woods, & his Rocket 88's LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom!  Save money... reserve seats... The ADVANCE TICKET DEADLINE is this Thursday 1/14 at 5pm.  Your last chance to purchase advance tickets in person will be this Wednesday 1/13 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  Your last chance to purchase advance tickets online will be this Thursday 1/14 before 5pm.  So don't delay... Purchase Your Advance Tickets Securely Online Now!  Reserved Seat Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.  After the advance ticket deadline, you may still purchase General Admission tickets at the door, but you'll no longer get the advance-purchase discount.

NEW VIDEOS are up from Swingin' the New Year!
      Swing Time Dancers Perform (Video by Rafael Rodriguez)
      Midnight Balloon Drop (Video by Robyn Haynes)

Lindy Hop courses & Dance Teams start in just 7 days!  Register now to reserve your space!  Lindy Hop I and Lindy Hop II and Dance Team I -- Swing Rueda start next Tuesday, January 19th at 1st Dance Studio in St. Petersburg.  For experienced Lindy/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 the course and team descriptions online, then join us for the new sessions!  You must register in advance to reserve your place.  (details below)

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This Friday,  January 15th
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 This 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 this Wednesday (Jan 13) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
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


Lindy Hop II  (7-8pm)
The Ultimate Intermediate Lindy Hop Course!

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

Lindy Hop I  (9-10pm)
Comprehensive Beginning Lindy Hop Course!

Register Now! -- Reserve Your Place
8-Week Courses Begin Tuesday JAN 19

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

Thursdays,  Jan 21st - Mar 11th, 2010,  7-9pm
8-Weeks Training,  16-Hour Series
Guaranteed Performance Opportunities!

Featuring Swing Time's brand new & original
"At the Hop" Routine!
Choreographed Intermediate-Level Routine
mixing Lindy Hop & East-Coast Swing
+ Cool Aerials, Dips, Tricks, Slides & More!

Intermediate-Level Lindy/Swing Skills Required

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

Every Wednesday in January, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is 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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