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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday JUL 27th 2010

This Wednesday, July 28th, learn JITTERBUG STROLL in the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  If you like Shim Sham, you'll love Jitterbug Stroll!  It's been over 10 years since Steven Mitchell (or anyone else) has taught the Jitterbug Stroll in Tampa Bay!  Don't miss it!  The 6-7pm Jitterbug Stroll lesson is followed by a Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm and Swing Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  Admission is $7, all ages are welcome, and students get 2-for-1 admission!  Jitterbug Stroll is a swing line dance choreographed by Ryan Francois in 1992 (not to be confused with The Stroll danced by Jitterbuggers in the 1950's).  (details below)

AUGUST PREVIEWTriple Time -- Advancing Your Swing will be the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson topic the four Wednesdays, August 4th - 25th at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  Kick your dancing up a notch with triple-time swing!  Triple-time swing forms the basis for most advanced swing dancing (including Lindy Hop, West-Coast Swing, and advanced East-Coast Swing), for the simple reason that if you add more steps, you can perform more intricate moves.  But triple-time is not just steps; it's a whole new attitude of dancing!  In these classes, we focus on movement.  We'll show you how to easily impress your partner.  We'll show you a variety of more advanced six-count moves.  Our overall goal is to raise your dancing to that next level!  Read More

Friday, August 6th is Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom featuring the dual-sax swingin' jump blues of The Steve Arvey Band!  (details below)

TAXI DANCERS RETURN!  As an added attraction at Friday August 6th's Swing Time! event, some of your favorite dancers will be for hire!  Robyn Haynes is organizing this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Just a buck (or a few bucks) donation and you can take your favorite Taxi Dancer for a spin!  (You can find the available dancers for hire at a table near the stage.)  In addition, prizes will be raffled off.  All donations go directly to the American Cancer Society.

CELEBRATE SINATRA:  This Saturday, July 31st, one of Tampa Bay's premier parties -- Ken Walters' 13th Annual Celebrate Sinatra -- happens at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 East 7th Ave in Tampa.  This black-tie optional affair celebrates the life and music of Frank Sinatra, with dancing to the sounds of Tom Tiratto and the 13-piece Joe Stagi Orchestra.  In addition, Lisa Casalino and Paul Phillips perform with the Latin Lovers in the Copa Room.  The event runs 9pm-1am and features passed hors d'oeuvres by Bernini, complimentary signature vodka martinis the first hour, a cash bar, and valet parking.  Join Swing Time and a who's who list of Tampa Bay personalities for this grand celebration!  Tuesday Advance Admission Deadline:  Admission is $50 if purchased by midnight this Tuesday July 27th; $60 after or at the door.  See the above link to purchase admission or for more info.

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Swing Time!

Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
featuring the dual-sax swingin' jump blues of...
The Steve Arvey Band!
Friday,  August 6th,  2010

Friday, August 6th, 2010, at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom is Swing Time! ...featuring the dual-sax swingin' jump blues of The Steve Arvey Band!  Kicking off the event is a group swing-dance lesson, 8-9pm (no partner needed).  Then it's time to swing, with live music & dancing, 9:00pm-12:30am, plus a dance exhibition at intermission!  Doors open 7:30pm.  All ages are welcome!

The Steve Arvey Band is a dual-sax-infused combo that jumps & swings the blues!  Fronted by blues great, Steve Arvey, on vocals and guitar, the band also includes two saxophonists on tenor & baritone sax, plus bass player and drummer.  The band serves up a mix of swingin' originals and covers influenced by musical styles ranging from New Orleans R&B, to 50's & 60's Rock'n'Roll, to Soul, Jazz & Blues.

Steve Arvey is a master of the blues, whose musical career has spanned over three decades.  He's toured and performed all over the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, at thousands of venues, clubs, events, and festivals.  He's played prestigious blues festivals too numerous to mention, each time beating out hundreds of competing acts to secure a performance spot in the festival's lineup.  In fact, Steve holds the record for the most consecutive appearances -- 7 years in a row -- at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival!  A veteran of the Chicago blues scene, Steve has played with musical greats Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Clearwater, Jimmy Rogers, Homesick James, and Honeyboy Edwards, to name just a few.  In fact, Steve's music career started when he was a student at the University of Florida, where his band regularly backed none other than blues legend Bo Diddley!  Steve Arvey has recorded five CDs, his music has received airplay at blues radio stations across the USA, and he maintains a busy touring schedule across three continents!

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/ The Steve Arvey Band,  9pm-12:30am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed),  8-9pm
Dance Exhibition at Intermission
Doors Open 7:30pm

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

$11 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking

Map & Directions

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

 Exciting 2010 Format -- Bonus Lessons, Student Discounts & More! 

Wednesday, JULY 28th, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Jitterbug Stroll
Every Wednesday in AUGUST, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Triple Time -- Advancing Your 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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