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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday NOVEMBER 20th 2012

This Wednesday NOV 21st is Swing Time's Pre-Thanksgiving Bash at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the weekend starts Wednesday night...join in celebration at this special evening of live music and swing dancing!  This huge swing-dance party is always one of the biggest Wednesday Swing Nights of the year, attracting not just locals but out-of-towners who are home for the holidays.  The Bash features live and swinging music by the St. Pete Blues All-Stars!  It starts with a Blues Dance Lesson 6-7pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, then Live Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  All ages are welcome, no partner is needed, admission is $10 (free passes and student specials are not accepted on band nights), and it all happens in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino!


Saturday DEC 1st, the Carrollwood Cultural Center hosts a Big-Band Swing Dance & Concert with live music by the Sounds of Swing Orchestra.  Dancing starts at 7:30pm.  Swing Time opens the event with a Dance Lesson 6:30-7:30pm.  Tickets are $11-$16.  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.
 

NEW YEAR'S EVE — Monday December 31st 2012 — Swingin' the New Year, a Grand New Year's Eve Celebration for All Ages, happens at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum!  This has become Tampa Bay's biggest annual swing-dance event!  It features the 20-Piece Swingin' the New Year Orchestra, an allstar big band with vocalists, Lorri Hafer, Ron Pond, and Emily Gail!  The evening includes live music, dancing and celebration 9pm-1am, plus an intro swing-dance lesson 8-9pm (no partner needed); doors open 7:30pm.  The celebration features a midnight countdown & balloon drop, a vintage fashion photo shoot & contest, party favors & chocolates, prize giveaways, free parking, and a full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available.  The St. Petersburg Coliseum provides historic swing-era ambiance, a smoke-free atmosphere, and an unparalleled 15,000 square foot oak dance floor!  Dress to impress! ...New Year's and vintage attire are encouraged.  Swingin' the New Year is produced by Swing Time and Swing Gang, and sponsored by Helinger Advertising.  For full details, visit www.TampaBaySwing.com.

Purchase Tickets Now securely online to save $5 AND secure the best seats!  Tickets are $24 if purchased by December 10th, or $29 after December 10th, plus $1 Coliseum surcharge.  Group discounts and VIP Alcoves and Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, so start organizing your group today!  Only 7 Alcoves remain.

Swing Time Section — We've reserved a central block of 90 of the best seats in the house for Swing Time regulars, and will be selling these starting this Wednesday at the Pre-Thanksgiving Bash.  So if you'd like to hang with the Swing Time crowd, get your ticket(s) this Wednesday!  Tickets in the Swing Time Section are available exclusively to dancers who attend (and purchase them in person at) prior Swing Time events.

Free Alcove SuperSpecial — Save $155!  Buy 28 tickets and get $2 off per ticket plus a Free VIP Alcove with 28 reserved seats and deluxe chocolates included!  You must buy all 28 tickets in ONE transaction over the internet or phone (727-669-7830).  Act now while alcoves last!


DVD PROJECT — ORDER TODAY TO AVERT CANCELLATION!  So far, we've received orders for 14 Swing Time 12th Anniversary Celebration DVD's.  But we need to sell 18 more to pay editing and other costs and make the DVD a reality.  So here's the deal...step up and order by the Thanksgiving Deadline and if we get 18 more orders, the DVD will be produced and you'll get yours by year-end.  If we don't hit this target by Thanksgiving, all orders will be promptly refunded, and regrettably, the DVD project will be cancelled.
 

St. Pete Blues All-Stars are a jump/blues/boogie/swing band featuring Boogie Woogie Hall-of-Famers, Liz Pennock on piano and Dr. Blues on guitar.  They're joined by blues veterans, Mike Delaney on sax, Kim Harpo on harmonica, Don Cox on upright bass, and Dennis McCarthy on drums.  The All-Stars each have decades of experience playing locally and touring internationally, playing prestigious events, clubs, and festivals too numerous to mention.  Renowned for musical expertise in their own bands, the All-Stars came together a couple of years back, and have been swinging ever since.  A dancer favorite, they're one of the most popular bands to have ever played a Swing Time event!  So get ready to dance and swing to music ranging from the Chicago Blues of Muddy Waters and Little Walter, to the Jump Blues of Big Joe Turner and Louis Jordan, to the band's own boogie-woogie infused compositions!


Dance Lessons — Free with Admission!           Map & Directions


ZOMBIE SHIM SHAM VIDEO WANTED!  At the Halloween Costume Ball, we noticed several people taking video of the Zombie Shim Sham.  If you captured it on video, or know someone who did, we would love to get a copy!  Please let us know by replying to this newsletter.
 


JAN 20th-27th 2013, the Sea Swing Sensation dance cruise sails out of New Orleans with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel!  Join Swing Time and dancers from California to Florida for the cruising and dancing experience of a lifetime, with pre-cruise dancing the night before in New Orleans!  THE SHIP IS SELLING OUT, so register ASAP!  Call Brenda (our lindy hopping travel agent and cruise coordinator) at 562-217-1371 to reserve your space, if you're looking for a cabin mate, or for more info.


FEMALE CABIN MATE WANTEDWant to go on the swing cruise but need someone to split a cabin?  We have another female dancer in the same boat.  Just reply to this email and we'll put you both in touch!


Mark Your Calendars: (Special Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)
    WED NOV 21st 2012 - Pre-Thanksgiving Swing Bash w/ ST PETE BLUES ALL-STARS
    WED DEC 19th 2012 - Swing Time's HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS DANCE PARTY


Upcoming Bonus Lessons: (6-7pm Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)
    NOV 2012 - Blues Dancing
    DEC 2012 - Foxtrot



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