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Swing Time Newsletter — Friday DECEMBER 27th 2013

Join us New Year's Eve for Florida's biggest swing-dance event!
Tickets to Swingin' the New Year are selling rapidly!  Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Photos from last year's celebration by Steve Wilcox


Bring your friends, bring your sweetie, or just bring yourself...any way you make it, it's going to be a great time!

Reminder...Gulfport Casino Swing Night will be OPEN New Year's Day (Wed Jan 1)
Extending the celebration...picking up where New Year's Eve left off!

This Wednesday (Jan 1)Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  Balboa Lesson 6-7pm...Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm... Dancing 8-11pm.  Just $7 includes both lessons and the dance and students get 2-for-1 admission!  Is your birthday coming up?  Celebrate your birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

New Year's Resolution: Learn Balboa — BALBOA LESSONS START JAN 1ST

Balboa featuring Special Guest Instructor Nathan Foreman is the 6-7pm Bonus Lesson topic every Wednesday in January at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  Balboa is one of the world's most popular swing dances, and it can be danced to music from slow to fast, without expending a lot of energy or taking up a lot of space.  Balboa is a fun dancer's dance, with footwork, lead-follow, and patterns that range from simple to intricate.  Many songs you hear, not just at swing dances but out in the general public, are MEANT FOR BALBOA...so use this dance to greatly expand your repertoire!  Instructor & Balboa guru, Nathan Foreman, has traveled the universe the past 20 years studying Balboa.  Now he shares his expertise with you in five easy lessons!

SATURDAY SWING RADIO — Tune in to WMNF 88.5 this Saturday 12/28 7-9pm as DJ Cheryl Mogul presents a special swinging edition of the Saturday Soulful Soiree.  "From the classic jump blues to the hottest modern swing tunes of today...a perfect way to get a head start on your New Year's celebration."  Cheryl says to listen in for a song or two by the Tom Kats Orchestra(Appearing for the first-time ever at Swingin' the New Year, the Tom Kats provide a BIG Band sound that'll blow you away!)

Photo Booth       Vintage Fashion Contest       Prize Giveaway

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!

VINTAGE FASHION CONTEST — $200+ 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 Dolphin Watch or Sunset Sail Cruise for Two courtesy of Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center!  Runners up will both receive a $25 Gift Certificate to La Cote Basque restaurant, plus swing event tickets.  Additional prize packages will be awarded to 3rd place male & female contestants.

PRIZE GIVEAWAY:  Enter the Prize Drawing to win deluxe gift boxes of chocolate, swing event tickets, and other fabulous prizes!  Drawing will happen at band intermission.

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).

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)

Swingin' the New Year!
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
featuring  The Tom Kats 18-PIECE BIG BAND
with vocalists  Sasha Tuck & Ronnie P

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

Purchase Advance Tickets:
Securely Online at www.TampaBaySwing.com
-or-  By Phone at 727-669-7830 or 727-773-0064

Group Discount — Groups of 10+ take an extra $2 off per ticket!

Rent an Alcove for $99 (holds up to 28 seats; tickets not included)
Only 1 alcove remains

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.

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.

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 Dec 31, 2013 (Tue): SWINGIN' THE NEW YEAR at the St. Petersburg Coliseum

 Jan  1, 2014 (Wed): Gulfport Casino Swing Night - 1st Swing Dance of 2014!

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