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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday DECEMBER 17th 2012

Tickets to Swingin' the New Year are selling at a record-breaking pace!  Join us New Year's Eve for what will likely be the biggest swing-dance event in modern Florida history!  The most popular seats — on tables next to the dance floor — are selling out!  Only 28 such "dance floor seats" remain in Section A...only 21 remain in Section B.  Purchase Your Tickets Today, while they last!

SWING TIME SECTION...GROUP RATE SAVE $2/TICKET — We reserved a central block of 90 of the best seats in the house for Swing Time regulars, and have been selling these Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Nights.  Only a few of these tickets remain AND you can get them at the special group rate of $28 (save $2/ticket) while they last!  Get your ticket(s) THIS WEDNESDAY, because once they're gone, they're gone!  Tickets in the Swing Time Section are available exclusively to dancers who attend (and purchase them in person at) prior Swing Time events.

ONLY 1 ALCOVE REMAINSFree Alcove SuperSpecial...Save $155

 Holiday Christmas Dance Party! — This Wednesday, December 19th

Celebrate the Christmas season at this Wednesday's (Dec 19) Gulfport Casino Swing Night with refreshments, lights & decor, plus we'll mix in the best of swingable holiday music!  The whole City of Gulfport, especially the waterfront/Casino area, will be beautifully decorated for the holidays,... and wait 'til you see the Casino itself, with beautiful lights and festive decor both inside & out!  Join us for this holiday dance celebration!

The Gulfport Casino is one of the world's best ballrooms, offering up social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting

Foxtrot Dance Lesson 6-7pm
Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm
Swing Music & Dance 8-11pm

Admission $7 (includes 2 Free Lessons!)
Students get 2-for-1 Admission!

Wednesday DEC 26th, enjoy the last Gulfport Casino Swing Night of 2012!  With schools out, people on vacation, snowbirds flying south, and Christmas over, this will be a huge night!  It starts with Foxtrot 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!  Is your birthday coming up?  Celebrate Your Birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  (details below)

Photo Booth       Vintage Fashion Contest       Prize Giveaway

VINTAGE FASHION CONTEST — $500+ WORTH OF PRIZES:  To enter the Vintage Fashion Contest, dress up from the era of your choice, and be at the Photo Booth at Exactly 9:45pm (first band break).  Pre-judging will happen at the photo booth, plus you'll get your pictures taken if you haven't already!  Finalists will be featured on stage later in the evening!  GRAND PRIZE PACKAGES for both the top female and male contestants will include a $100 Gift Certificate to Buffalo Gal Vintage, your choice of Dance Shoes (Aris Allen, Very Fine, etc) from On Pointe Dancewear, swing event tickets, and more!  Additional prize packages will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place male & female contestants.

PHOTO BOOTH:  All ticketholders are encouraged to visit the Photo Booth at some point during the Celebration to get your pictures taken.  Dress to impress!

PRIZE GIVEAWAY:  Enter the Prize Drawing to win a Dolphin Watch or Sunset Sail Cruise for Two courtesy of Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, a $50 Gift Certificate to La Cote Basque restaurant, plus swing event tickets and other fabulous prizes!  Drawing will happen at band intermission.

We encourage everyone to visit our prize sponsors....

Outfit yourself for New Year's Eve at Buffalo Gal Vintage.  Buffalo Gal carries a stylish selection of vintage clothing and reproductions from the 1900s through the 1970s, in a wide variety of styles, including the Stop Staring! line of dresses (photo at left).  Buffalo Gal is located at 911 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 33705 (Phone 727-290-8468)

Get your swing dance shoes at On Pointe Dancewear.  On Pointe carries the full line of Aris Allen, Very Fine, Stephanie, and other dance shoes, plus dance clothing and accessories for everything from Swing to Latin, Ballroom, Ballet, Tap & Jazz.  Tired of internet shipping fees and poor-fitting shoes?  At On Pointe, you save money AND you get to try before you buy!  On Pointe is located at 2113 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 33713 (Phone 727-895-1111)

Dine before you dance at La Cote Basque Winehouse.  La Cote Basque features fine French & Continental Cuisine, walking distance from the Wednesday Swing Nights at the Gulfport Casino.  La Cote Basque is located at 3104 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707 (Phone 727-321-6888).

Experience local adventures at Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center.  Dolphin landings offers a variety of public day cruises and private charters including the ever popular Dolphin Watch and Sunset Sails, all departing from St Pete Beach.  Dolphin Landings is located at 4737 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 (Phone 727-360-7411).

Make plans now to attend Tampa Bay's biggest annual swing-dance event!

Swingin' the New Year!
Monday, December 31st, 2012
with  Swingin' the New Year Orchestra!

featuring vocalists  Lorri Hafer & Ron Pond & Emily Gail

Live Music & Dancing + Celebration!  9pm-1am
Swing Dance Lesson:  8-9pm (no partner needed)
Doors Open 7:30pm

Midnight Countdown & BALLOON DROP
Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot & Contest!
Party Favors  ~  Noisemakers  ~  Chocolates  ~  Prize Giveaways
Full Cash Bar w/ Champagne Bottles & Toasts Available
*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  New Year's Decor  *  Free Parking  *
Dress to Impress!    New Year's and Vintage Attire Encouraged

All Tickets Provide a Reserved Seat!
Groups of 10+ get $2/Ticket Discount!
Rent an Alcove for $99 (holds up to 28 seats; tickets not included)

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 on Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Nights, while they last!  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.

TICKETS:  $29  (+ $1 Coliseum surcharge)
Purchase Advance Tickets:
Securely Online at www.TampaBaySwing.com
By Phone at 727-669-7830 or 727-773-0064
In Person at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, Wednesdays 6-11pm

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!  Only 1 Alcove remains.

Group Discounts & VIP Reservations:  Group discounts and Reserved VIP Alcoves & Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, with complimentary deluxe chocolates included!  To receive your group discount of $2/ticket with deluxe chocolates at your table (or alcove) on New Year's Eve, just purchase 10 or more tickets in one transaction (all tickets provide reserved seating).  If you purchase 10 or more tickets online, your group discount will be applied automatically.  Parties reserving VIP Alcoves (alcoves provide anywhere from 0 to 28 seats) may arrive early to custom decorate their alcoves, and may contact us for custom seating arrangements, reserving multiple adjacent alcoves, etc.  Click here to reserve an alcove.  The Coliseum balcony, with its spectacular view, seating for up to 150, plus its own private bar and dance floor, is available for a large group reservation or sponsorship; contact us for balcony info.

Food & Drinks:  You may bring your own food to this event, or purchase a variety of snacks from the Coliseum's snack bar (everything from popcorn to ice cream to coffee).  For drinks, the Coliseum will run a full cash bar, with beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks, bottled water, and champagne.  No outside beverages are allowed into the Coliseum, and no coolers are allowed.

The spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum provides historic swing-era ambiance and an unparalleled 15,000 square foot oak dance floor!  It's located at 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg FL 33701.

Purchase Tickets      More Info      Map & Directions

Mark Your Calendars: (Special Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)

Upcoming Bonus Lessons: (6-7pm Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)
    DEC 2012 - Foxtrot
    JAN 2013 - Advancing Your Swing
    FEB 2013 - Balboa

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.

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