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Swing Time Newsletter — Friday SEPTEMBER 30th 2011

Learn SHIM SHAM 6-7pm this Wednesday OCT 5th at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  ...followed by Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm and Dancing 8-11pm(details below)


THE Best Value in Entertainment!
  You can't see a movie anymore for $7.  The price of a single drink across the street is $7.  But at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, you get the Shim Sham Lesson, a $10 Value; the Swing Dance Lesson, a $10 value (and that's right, when we teach them at a studio, we charge $10/each for THESE SAME TOP-QUALITY CLASSES); plus you get the Swing Dance, a $7 Value.  That's $27 worth of entertainment & instruction by Tampa Bay's best, all for just $7!


Next Friday OCT 7th, Swing Time hosts Tampa Bay's first-ever Teen Swing Dance at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom!  The dance is open to teens ages 13+, and no partner is needed.  (details below)  Spread the word!   Color Poster/Flyer    Facebook Event    B&W Poster/Flyer


What's a Teen?
  Amazing, but true, some people have asked this question.  So take your age and spell it out.  If it ends in the four letters "TEEN" (for example fourTEEN or eighTEEN), then congratulations, you're a teen and this dance is for you!  If it ends in anything else (for instance ninety-one or ten), then you're not a teen and this dance is not for you.  While the vast majority of Swing Time's dances are for all ages, this is not one of THOSE DANCES.


Wednesday OCT 26th is Swing Time's 10th Annual Halloween Costume Ball!  Experience Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... ten years running!  (details below)


Swing Time is gearing up to dance and perform at the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, happening NOV 17th-20th and featuring the best swingin' jazz bands from across the USA!  Join us for the Swing Dance on Friday NOV 18th, 7pm-midnight, at the Sheraton Sand Key!  The swing-dance lineup is huge, featuring 5 bands playing the main ballroom (Jake's): Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Dave Bennett & the Festival All-Stars, Cornet Chop Suey, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, and Clarinet Clambake.  Tickets to the Swing Dance are $12 in advance or $18 day of event and can be purchased here.  (Student Tickets are just $10 and provide admission to the entire weekend Festival!)  This is going to great fun!  Swing Time will give away one free ticket to the Jazz Classic's Friday Swing Dance at all of our Gulfport Casino events between now and the festival; enter the prize drawing for your chance to win!


JAN 15th-22nd 2012, the Sea Swing Sensation Lindy Hoppers of the Caribbean dance cruise sails out of Tampa with stops in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, & Isla Roatan!  Join an expected 100-200 swing dancers from California, Florida, and elsewhere for the cruising and dancing experience of a lifetime!  Don't miss the boat... register today!  BREAKING NEWS:  We have several dancers signed up who are looking for cabinmates; so you don't need to go "with someone" on this cruise; if you like to dance, then get one of these spots, while they last!  (details below)


MORE EVENTS:  See bottom of newsletter for Calendar of Swing Time Events.

 


Teen Swing Dance

Friday,  October 7th,  2011
TEEN SWING DANCE
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom


Swing Time hosts Tampa Bay's first-ever TEEN SWING DANCE on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom!  The dance is open to teens ages 13 and up, and no partner is needed.  Doors open 7pm, followed by a swing-dance lesson at 7:15pm, and dancing 8-11pm.  The event includes a Dance Jam & Contest, with prizes to the winners.  Retro swing attire is encouraged, but any appropriate dressy attire is welcome.  Admission is $7.  Door prize giveaways happen throughout the evening.  Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase.


The Gulfport Casino Ballroom has hosted Teen Dances since at least the 1950's, and it's one of the world's top dance destinations, featuring a huge dance floor and a spectacular beachfront setting!  The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.  For more information, visit www.SwingTime.info or see the following links:  Map/Directions  ...  Info for Parents  ...  Parking


Art Walk -- Parents who are dropping off their teens should visit Gulfport's Art Walk festival, happening on the sidewalks of Beach Blvd 6-10pm, walking distance from the Gulfport Casino...  restaurants, vendors, arts & crafts, street musicians, the beach... Gulfport has it all!

 


 Swing Time's 10th Annual 
 HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL! 
at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
Wednesday,  October 26th,  2011


Wednesday, October 26th, 2011, put on your best costume and get ready to swing with all sorts of exciting characters!  It's Swing Time's 10th Annual Halloween Costume Ball at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  The Ball starts with a one-of-a-kind dance lesson: Shim Sham (with Special Zombie Styling!) 7-8pm; no partner needed.  Starting at 8pm, dance 'til the midnight hour to the Ultimate Halloween Swing/Dance Music Mix... that's right! -- all Halloweeny music, all the way to midnight!  The Halloween Costume Ball features a Costume Parade & Contest with hundreds of dollars worth of cash and prizes for the best costumes, plus prizes for Best, Scariest, Hottest, Funniest, Swingiest, and Most Original costumes!  The Ball features loads of Chocolate, Candy, & Trick-or-Treats; Door Prizes; a Monster Shim Sham; a Steal Dance Mixer; plus Special Halloween Decor & Atmosphere!  Gulfport Casino's vintage waterfront grand ballroom is smoke-free and provides a full bar and free parking.  Just $8 admission includes EVERYTHING, and all ages are welcome!  Experience Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... ten years running!  The Gulfport Casino is located in the St Petersburg FL area at 5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707.  For more info, see www.SwingTime.info or visit the following links:  Lesson...  Map & Directions

 


Sea Swing Sensation Cruise


LINDY HOPPERS OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA SWING SENSATION DANCE CRUISE
  ...Daily Classes ...Nightly Dances ...World-Class Instructors ...Super Crew of Lindy Hoppers from CA & FL!  January 15th-22nd 2012, the 2012 Sea Swing Sensation, a 7-day Caribbean swing-dance cruise, sails out of Tampa with stops in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, & Isla Roatan!  Already, 90+ dancers have signed up!  Join an expected 100-200 swing dancers from California, Florida, and elsewhere for the cruising and dancing experience of a lifetime!  Check out the cruise and sign up at www.SeaSwingSensation.net.


HERE's THE SCOOP:  The Sea Swing Sensation is an incredible opportunity to learn from and dance with some of the world's best, while having the vacation of a lifetime!  As we all know, California, and the L.A. area especially, is home to Camp Hollywood and an enthusiastic group of many of the world's best Lindy Hoppers.  Every year for the past several, the L.A. swing dancers have sponsored a week-long cruise (and mini dance camp) called the Sea Swing Sensation.  Normally, they leave from the west coast of the U.S.A.  BUT THIS YEAR, the cruise leaves from the exotic port of Tampa, Florida!  So they've invited us to be part of it!


INSTRUCTORS:  We (Sam & Carleene) will be teaching a daily workshop on the cruise.  Other instructors include Angel Jenkins (national champ and star of the famous Swing Aerials III instructional DVD), Minn Vo (tentative; all-around dance expert and champion), Morgan Day & Molly Woltz (check out Morgan's highly innovative Super Mario Brothers competition performance), Mike & Olivia Lai, and possibly others to be announced.


WHAT's THE COST & DEADLINE?  To guarantee your spot at the current rates, please make your reservation ASAP.  Call or email Brenda, our swing-dancing travel agent & organizer, at BookWithBrenda@aol.com or 562-217-1371.  Earlier you could do the entire cruise, INCLUDING taxes/government/port fees, tips/gratuities, and dances/instruction for under $800; and there may still be space available at the same or similar rates.  If you're looking for a cabin mate to save $, just let Brenda know and she'll match you up with another dancer.  A small deposit holds your spot on the cruise.  The entire ship is starting to sell out and will likely do so in the upcoming 1-2 months, so we recommend booking the sooner the better.


Last time Swing Time participated in a cruise (happens about once a decade) was seven years ago on an equally worthy embarkation, for Frankie Manning's 89th Birthday party ...and that one was a blast!  We hope you'll join us for the Sea Swing Sensation!

 


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


GULFPORT CASINO SWINGS! -- Every WEDNESDAY


Wednesday OCT 5 2011, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Shim Sham
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

 


UPCOMING SWING TIME EVENTS
Mark your calendars... + watch this schedule as it's updated in the upcoming weeks!


   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night!


Oct  7, 2011 (Fri): TEEN SWING DANCE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom


Oct 26, 2011 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                     HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL 
                    Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... 10 Years Running!


Nov  4, 2011 (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 23, 2011 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                    PRE-THANKSGIVING BASH
                    Live Music by  St. Pete Blues All-Stars
                    Jump/Swing/Boogie Woogie/Chicago Blues; 7-Piece Band!


Dec 21, 2011 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                    CHRISTMAS SWING-DANCE PARTY


Dec 31, 2011 (Sat): SWINGIN' THE NEW YEAR! at the St. Petersburg Coliseum
                    Grand New Year's Eve Celebration for All Ages!


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