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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday JAN 11th 2011

Breaking News... Mitch Woods has been nominated Piano Player of the Year at the upcoming 2011 Blues Music Awards!  Catch piano superstar MITCH WOODS & his Rocket 88's live this Friday JAN 14th at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at Swing Time!  Get your Advance Tickets today.  (details below)

Starting TONIGHT!  (Tue Jan 11)
Lindy Hop I      Lindy Hop II

Tuesdays in St. Petersburg... 8-Week Courses
Register Online Now
(details below)

This Wednesday JAN 12th, join us at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Advancing Your Swing Lessons 6-7pm ...followed by Swing Dance Lessons 7-8pm, then Dancing 8-11pm!  Just $7 includes EVERYTHING and Students Get 2-for-1 Admission!  In Advancing Your Swing, you'll learn lots of Cool Moves plus Turning & Spinning technique, Footwork Variations, Multiple Turns, Dips, Leans, AND how to be a better leader or follower, so partners better enjoy dancing with you and ask YOU to dance much more often!

Friday FEB 11th, Swing Time! RETURNS TO Centro Asturiano in Tampa, featuring Blair Carman & the Belleview Boys!  Purchase your Advance Tickets here.

Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom

This Friday,  January 14th,  2011
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, Smiley Lewis, and others) 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.  Doors open 7:30pm, and all ages are welcome!  It all happens This Friday, January 14th, in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino.

Boogie woogie pianist and vocalist, Mitch Woods, has been pumping the piano for over 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area and on tour across the globe!  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 nine 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, the Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage 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 ThunderbirdsBreaking News... Mitch Woods has been nominated for the 2011 Blues Music Awards' Piano Player of the Year!

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
Doors Open  7:30pm

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

TicketsGeneral Admission...$12/advance -or- $15/day of event
TicketsReserved Seating...$15/advance (must be purchased in advance)
Purchase Advance Tickets Now securely online at www.SwingTime.info
-or-  in person Wednesday 1/12 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking!

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

Start TONIGHT,  Tuesday January 11th
Lindy Hop I      Lindy Hop II
Tuesdays in St. Petersburg
Register Now! -- Reserve Your Place

All courses at 1st Dance Studio
5098 66th St N, St. Petersburg

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

Swing Time's Lindy Hop I course is Tampa Bay's most comprehensive introduction to Lindy Hop!  Unlike those "free" classes you might have taken, we start from the very beginning and build on that foundation, week after week, for eight weeks!  We allow lots of time in class for practice, to ask questions, and for personal interaction with the instructors.  After eight weeks of classes and practice, you'll not only know your first 10 Lindy Hop moves, but you'll be dancing the dance!

Aerials, Dance Jams, Dips & Tricks  (8-9pm)
Learn Impressive Moves to Add Flash to Your Dancing!

You'll learn aerials, slides, dips, and tricks, plus how to incorporate them into your swing dancing and partner dancing.  You'll learn to shine on the dance floor, whether you're social dancing, performing, or competing.  You'll learn to jam with a group of dancers, where couples inspire each other by showing off their best moves!

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

We call Lindy Hop II "the ultimate intermediate lindy hop course" because there's no other course of study that even comes close.  Mastering Lindy Hop II will bring your lindy hopping on par with intermediate-level lindy hoppers across the globe.  You'll learn fast lindy hop techniques, gain expertise in all major lindy-charleston variations, get a foundation for swing aerials, and learn lots of cool moves to boot!  So get ready to challenge yourself and kick your dancing up a notch with Lindy Hop Level 2!

About the InstructorsSam & Carleene have traveled the U.S.A. dancing and studying with the major instructors and legends of Lindy Hop.  Now they bring this expertise to you in the Lindy Hop I & II courses!

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Every Wednesday in JANUARY 2011, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Advancing Your Swing
Every Wednesday in FEBRUARY 2011, 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!

Jan 14, 2011 (Fri): Swing Time! LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom
                    featuring  Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's!
                    Get Ready to Swing... with Piano Superstar Mitch Woods!

Feb 11, 2011 (Fri): Swing Time! RETURNS TO Centro Asturiano
                    featuring  Blair Carman & the Belleview Boys!
                    Piano-Pumpin' 1950's Rock'n'Roll in the Style of Jerry Lee Lewis!

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