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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday JUNE 30th 2014

This Wednesday July 2nd is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!  Learn Shim Sham in just 60 minutes!  Shim Sham Lesson 6-7pm...Swing Lesson 7-8pm...Dancing 8-11pm.  Just $7 includes both lessons and the dance; students get 2-for-1 admission.  Enter the prize drawing to win admission ($50 value) to Celebrate Sinatra in Tampa!  If your birthday's coming up, celebrate your birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.

This Sunday July 6th is Ballroom Fusion Night at the Gulfport Casino!  Last month's debut of Ballroom Fusion Night brought 200+ dancers together to enjoy an exciting night of social dancing in the Gulfport Casino's grand ballroom...join us this Sunday for the encore event!  Learn Cha Cha 6-7pm and Cha Cha/ Swing Fusion 7-8pm.  Lessons are followed by Dancing 8-11pm, with a Ballroom Musical Mix 8-10pm and a Fusion Mix 10-11+pm...most songs support multiple dances.  Admission is $7.  No partner's needed.  All ages & skill levels are welcome!

Get ready to learn the Cha Cha at Sunday July 6th's Ballroom Fusion Night!  Though it started in the 1950's, Cha Cha today is danced to a wide selection of modern pop hits.  Cha Cha is an easy-to-learn alternative (and stepping stone) to West-Coast Swing, and can be danced to much of the same music.  Special guest instructor, Juan Uribe from Dance Forever studio, leads the 6pm Cha Cha lesson.

Cha Cha/Swing Fusion is the 7-8pm Intermediate Lesson.  You'll learn how to transfer your entire Cha Cha repertoire (including what you learned in the prior lesson) to swing dancing!  You'll learn more-advanced moves in the Cha Cha that draw from swing dance concepts, plus how to transition back & forth between both dances...during the same song!  Swing Time's Sam leads the 7pm Cha Cha/Swing Fusion lesson.

A new concept in ballroom dancing...over 25 dances!

Beginning-Level 6-7pm (Learn the Cha Cha)
Intermediate-Level 7-8pm (Cha Cha/Swing Fusion)

8-10pm: Ballroom Mix
10-11pm: Fusion Mix...Anything Goes!

All Ages       No Partners Needed       Admission $7       Door Prizes       Cash Bar

Cha Cha Lesson — July 6th's beginning lesson covers the Cha Cha, an extremely useful dance for dancing to modern music.

Cha Cha/Swing Fusion Lesson — July 6th's intermediate lesson is Cha Cha vs Swing.  In this fusion of Cha Cha & Swing Dancing, we'll cover some intermediate-level Cha Cha, then use moves from the Cha Cha to widen everyone's swing dancing repertoire.  (You can apply this new material to a variety of swing dances, including East-Coast Swing, West-Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Charleston.)  We'll cover musical/timing/footwork similarities & differences.  Finally, we'll use concepts from swing dancing to invent a fancy new move in the Cha Cha!

Dance Lessons — Free with Admission!           Map & Directions           More Info

Saturday July 26th is Celebrate Sinatra TAMPA.  One of Tampa Bay's premier parties, this black-tie optional affair happens at the historic Ritz Ybor, 1503 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605.  Celebrate the life and music of Frank Sinatra with dancing 9pm-1am to a live big-band orchestra with male and female vocalists.  A Latin Quartet opens the show (and the dance floor) 8-9pm.  The event runs 8pm-1am and features passed hors d'oeuvres by Cassis, complimentary signature vodka martinis the first hour, a cash bar, casino gaming tables, and valet parking.  Celebrate Sinatra recreates an era of style and sophistication.  Join Swing Time and a who's who list of Tampa Bay personalities for this grand celebration!  Reserve your admission now.... Admission is $50 if purchased by July 22nd; $60 after or at the door.  Must be 21+ to attend.  Visit www.CelebrateSinatra.com or phone 813-251-0500 for tickets or more information.

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