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Swing Time Newsletter — Thursday OCTOBER 13th 2011
Learn SHIM SHAM 6-7pm this Wednesday OCT 19th at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night! ...followed by Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm and Dancing 8-11pm. (details below)
Wednesday OCT 26th is Swing Time's 10th Annual Halloween Costume Ball, with $500+ worth of Cash & Prizes for the best costumes! Experience Tampa Bay's Best Halloween Dance Party... ten years running! (details below)
Friday NOV 4th at the Gulfport Casino... In honor of Veteran's Day, Swing Time presents our 7th Annual 1940's USO Swing Dance featuring the 18-Piece Ten O'Clock Big Band! WWII-era civilian or military attire is encouraged. Advance Tickets go on sale next Wednesday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!
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.
GULFPORT CASINO SWINGS! -- Every WEDNESDAY
Wednesday OCT 19 2011, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Shim Sham
Every Wednesday in NOVEMBER 2011, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Blues Dancing
(featuring Special Guest Instructor, Keith Johnson!)
Every Wednesday in DECEMBER 2011, the 6pm Bonus Lesson topic is Foxtrot
(Social Foxtrot for Swing Dancers, featuring Special Guest Instructors from Let's Dance!)
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.
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, 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!
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 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
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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