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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday SEP 20th 2010

Swing Time's 10th Anniversary Celebration happens Friday October 1st at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.  The Celebration features live & swingin' music by Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo, Anniversary Cake, and a Jack & Jill Dance Contest at intermission with $100 Cash 1st Prize!  (details below)

SUNRISE SWING... Your Chance To Be on TV!  FREE SWING DANCE -- TUE SEP 28 2010, 7:00-9:30AM -- at Gulfport Casino.  FOX 13 features Swing Time!  Fox 13 is featuring Swing Time in advance of our 10th Anniversary Celebration!  We're putting on a swing dance for the morning show (Good Day Tampa Bay with Charley Belcher) to be broadcast live throughout the morning on Fox 13!  So on Tuesday, September 28th, 7:00AM-9:30AM (yes, that's AM in the morning), you're invited to the Gulfport Casino for a free swing dance!  Please arrive early (doors open 6:45am) and enjoy the free doughnuts, bagels, coffee and juice!  Dress to impress; swing & vintage attire are encouraged.  We'll have general swing dancing, a mini lesson, a Shim Sham, a Dance Jam, Charleston Lines, and lots of fun stuff.  Bring your best moves and tricks for the dance jam!  Fox will broadcast us live throughout the morning show, including five teasers and four 2-3 minute segments!  All swing dancers are invited!

Join us this Wednesday, September 22nd for the Gulfport Casino Swing Night featuring 2 dance lessons, swingin' music & dancing, and great all-around fun for all ages!  The evening starts with a Charleston Bonus Dance Lesson 6-7pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm and Music & Dancing 8-11pm(details below)

CHARLESTON is the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson topic Wednesdays in September at the Gulfport Casino Swing NightExpand your swing-dance repertoire by adding Charleston moves!  Charleston lessons offer something for all levels of dancers, from beginning to advanced.  All lessons are FREE, with paid admission to the dance.  No partner is needed.  Come either week or both.  Topics are:
   Sep 22 - Mixing Charleston & East-Coast Swing
   Sep 29 - Kick-Away, Traveling, & Free-Style Charleston

DINE & DANCE WEDNESDAYS CONTINUE... Swing Time has teamed up with Gulfport's finest waterfront-district restaurants to bring you an outstanding selection of Wednesday evening dining specials!  Several 2-for-1 deals are available!  Just purchase your swing dance tickets on Wednesday and pick up a dining certificate or coupon at the Casino display table.  Every Wednesday, enter the prize drawing for your chance to win a free dinner for two at the Peninsula Inn!  The Peninsula Inn's restaurant, renowned for its fine dining, is offering a Wednesday Swing Night Menu plus a Dinner for Two "Jive & Dine Special"Just 19.95 buys you TWO entrees plus your choice of one appetizer or dessert!  The Swing Night Menu is valid 5-8pm Wednesdays.

Swing Time is gearing up to dance and perform at the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, happening November 18th-21st and featuring the best swingin' jazz bands from across the USA!  Join us for the Swing Dance on Friday November 19th!  The swing-dance lineup is phenomenal... playing the main ballroom (Jake's) at the Sheraton Sand Key are the following five bands.  Tickets to the Swing Dance are $12 in advance or $18 day of event and can be purchased from the web site above.  (Student tickets are just $10 and admit one to an entire day and night of the Festival!)  This is going to be a huge amount of fun!
      Mighty Aphrodite:  All-Female 7-Piece Jazz Band from Western US/Canada
      Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band:  Powerhouse of Jazz & Swing; Set a Swing Time attendance record in 2005
      JB Scott's Swingin' Allstars:  8-Piece Swing & Jazz Band out of Jacksonville
      Cornet Chop Suey:  Hot Ensemble from St. Louis
      Yerba Buena Stompers:  Traditional Dixieland Band from Across USA
Swing Time will give away one free ticket to the Jazz Classic's Friday Swing Dance at all of our Wednesday Gulfport Casino Swing Nights between now and the festival; enter the prize drawing for your chance to win!

A full calendar of Swing Time events, newly updated, appears at the bottom of this newsletter.

Swing Time! 10th Anniversary Celebration

 Swing Time's 
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
featuring Tampa Bay's Most Exciting Swingin' Act...
Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!
Friday,  October 1st,  2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010, at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom is Swing Time's 10th Anniversary Celebration, featuring live & swingin' music by Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  The Celebration includes hours of live music & dancing (9:00pm-12:30am), a group swing-dance lesson (8-9pm; no partner needed), anniversary cake, prize giveaways, and a dance contest at intermission with $100 cash first prize!

Get ready to jump... get ready to rock... get ready to swing! ...with Tampa Bay's most exciting swingin' act, Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  This talented & energetic band features sax, drums, bass, and Charlie himself on guitar, harmonica & vocals.  The band is a hot commodity, recently backing doo-wop & rockabilly legends, The Coasters, Rosie Flores, and Wanda Jackson!  Whether it's uptempo & jumpin' or low down & gritty, these guys deliver a huge and varied repertoire of dance favorites... along with the power, the sound, and the excitement that'll pull you up out of your seat and get you onto your feet!

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/ Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo,  9pm-12:30am
Swing Dance Instruction (no partner needed),  8-9pm
Doors Open 7:30pm
Dance Contest at Intermission -- $100 Cash 1st Prize!

Lucky 13 Dance Contest

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

$11 Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
[Map & Directions]     [Lesson]     [Contest]     [Band]     [More Info]

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

Every Wednesday in SEPTEMBER, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Charleston
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

Mark Your Calendars!

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

Sep 28, 2010 (Tue): Sunrise Swing 7:00-9:30AM at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
                    FREE SWING DANCE!  Free Coffee, Bagels, Juice, & Donuts!

Oct  1, 2010 (Fri): Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
                    10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
                    featuring  Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo
                    + Jack & Jill Dance Contest w/ $100 Cash 1st Prize!

Oct 27, 2010 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                     HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL 
                    Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... 9 Years Running!

Nov 12, 2010 (Fri): Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
                    1940's USO SWING DANCE
                    featuring  The Ten O'Clock Band
                    Florida's Leading 18-Piece Big Band!

Nov 24, 2010 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                    PRE-THANKSGIVING BASH
                    Live Music by  The Cadillac Bombers
                    Hot Swingin' Roots & Rockabilly

Dec  3, 2010 (Fri): Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
                    featuring  Band T.B.A.

Dec 31, 2010 (Fri): SWINGIN' THE NEW YEAR! at the St. Petersburg Coliseum
                    Grand New Year's Eve Celebration for All Ages!

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