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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday APRIL 17th 2012

This Wednesday APR 18th is Pretzel Night 2012 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  In honor of that much loved and sometimes reviled swing-dance move, The Pretzel, Swing Time is providing free pretzels for everyone!  Enter the prize drawing to win free passes and free deluxe chocolate-covered pretzels!  Learn a variety of pretzelly moves in the 6-7pm & 7-8pm dance lessons!  (See description below.)  Come experience the craziness & excitement this Wednesday! ...Swing-Dance Lesson 6-7pm (Pretzels Part A) ...Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm (Pretzels Part B) ...Swing Music & Dance 8-11pm.  Just $7 includes EVERYTHING and Students Get 2-for-1 Admission! 

In celebration of Pretzel Night 2012, Swing Time is offering an in-depth look at that fun & twisty dance move, the Pretzel!  But wait, there's not just one pretzel, but pretzels come in many varieties....  We'll cover the Men's Pretzel, the Men's Reverse Pretzel, the Ladies Pretzel, the Ladies Reverse Pretzel, and Back-to-Back Switching.  Plus you'll learn everything you need to know to dance those pretzels, including the East-Coast Swing (6-Count) footwork and armwork, good pretzel timing & technique, plus various turns that you can do on their own or as a lead-in/follow-up to the pretzels!  We'll teach one set of pretzelly moves during the 6pm lesson and a completely new set of pretzelly moves during the 7pm lesson.  You can take either lesson by itself or take both for the most fun!  No prerequisites; no partner is needed.

This Wednesday APR 18th, don't miss your LAST CHANCE to buy Advance Tickets in person for next Wednesday APR 25th's huge event with swing legends, Eight to the Bar!  Buy advance tickets and save $3 off the at-the-door price.

Upcoming Bonus Lessons: (6-7pm Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)
   Apr 18 - Pretzels
   Apr 25 - Shim Sham
   May  2 - West-Coast Swing

New England Swing Legends... 
Wednesday,  April 25th,  2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, New England Swing Legends, Eight to the Bar, appear LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  The event starts with a Shim Sham Lesson 6-7pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, then Live Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  All ages are welcome and no partner is needed.

Eight to the Bar is a pioneer of the modern swing resurgence, together for 35 years and recording 12 albums!  The band swings with a jump jive, jump blues, and boogie woogie sound that inspires dancers wherever they go.  The band is known for the vocal harmonies created by their two female singers and backed by boogie-woogie piano, sax, and an all-star rhythm section.  Eight to the Bar plays about 200 events each year, including prestigious shows, venues, festivals, and dances across the globe!  They love to perform for swing dancers!  They've appeared in concert with Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Manhattan Transfer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Robert Cray, and Neil Young, to name a few.  And a fun fact for the road... Eight to the Bar's sax player, Collin Tilton, was a collaborator of superstar, Van Morrison, playing sax and flute on the multi-platinum Moondance album!  The band visits Florida about once every 10 years, so don't miss this rare opportunity to dance to Eight to the Bar live!

The Gulfport Casino is one of the world's best ballrooms, offering up social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting.  The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.


Live Music & Dancing w/ Eight to the Bar 8-11pm
Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm (no partner needed)
Shim Sham Lesson 6-7pm (no partner needed)

*  All Ages  *  No Partner Needed  *
Huge Dance Floor -- One of World's Best!
Beautiful Retro-Era Waterfront Dance Hall

Tickets:  $12/advance -or- $15/day of event
Purchase Advance Tickets Now securely online at www.SwingTime.info
-or-  in person Wednesday 4/18 at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
Admission includes Free Lesson; Free Parking!

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

Friday,  May 4th,  2012
at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom

Friday, May 4th, 2012, Swing Time & City of Gulfport present a TEEN SWING DANCE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom!  The dance is open to teens ages 13 and up, and no partner is needed.  It features a Dance Jam & Contest, with prizes to the winners.  Retro swing attire is encouraged, but any appropriate dressy attire is welcome.  Doors open 7pm, followed by a Swing-Dance Lesson at 7:15pm, and dancing 8-11pm.  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!  It's located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.

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!

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
Map/Directions       Info for Parents       Web Page


Saturday APR 28 2012, Spring for the Arts, Creative Clay's premier fundraising event of the year, happens 7-10pm on the 3rd floor of the beautiful St. Petersburg Pier.  The event includes live music by the Whitney James Quintet, swing dancing and lessons with Swing Time, celebrity MC Danielle McBroom of 97X, food tastings at chef stations by Jonny Reno's & Fresco's & Ricky P's, live painting demos, free portraits by Creative Clay artists, artwork door prizes & raffles & sales, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, and "Retrospect" art exhibit with 150+ paintings by Creative Clay artists of the past three years.  Cocktail attire is recommended.  Tickets are $35/advance or $45/door.  Visit the first link above for tickets or more info.

Mother's Day (Sunday MAY 13th 2012), the Carrollwood Cultural Center hosts an afternoon Big-Band Swing Dance & Concert with live music by the Sounds of Swing Orchestra.  Purchase advance tickets and Mom gets in free!  Dancing starts at 2pm.  Swing Time opens the event with a Dance Lesson 1-2pm.  Tickets are $10-$14.  Visit the link above for tickets or more information.  The Carrollwood Cultural Center is located at 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa, FL 33618; Phone 813-269-1310.

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