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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday JUL 11th 2016
This Wednesday, July 13th, is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with St. Louis Shag Lesson 6-7pm, Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, and Dancing 8-11pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, and students get $5 admission. Is your birthday coming up? Celebrate your birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night. Final A/C Update: Everything's working perfectly now at the Gulfport Casino.
Thank-you to everyone who attended last night's dance, making it the biggest Ballroom Fusion Night in over 16 months! Mark your calendars for the next Ballroom Fusion Night on Sunday, August 14th, and please spread the word. With your support, this dance keeps getting bigger and better! –Sam
Get your registrations in for this Saturday's Lindy Hop Boot Camp. We've had a great response so far, and are really looking forward to Saturday! Register online right now, or in person at Wednesday's Gulfport Casino Swing Night. Registration is $27 by Friday, or $30 at Simone Salsa on Saturday, and includes admission to that night's Saturday Swing dance!
This Saturday, July 16th, is Swing Time's Lindy Hop Boot Camp, an intensive workshop that gives you the benefit of an entire four-week Lindy Hop course, all in one afternoon! Two levels are offered, with instructors determining your appropriate level. Lindy Hop Boot Camp happens 2-6pm at Simone Salsa, 8336 W Hillsborough Ave in Tampa. No partners needed.
Level 1 (Beginning) — Learn the Lindy Hop! Level 1 is for dancers with little-to-no Lindy Hop experience, and for dancers who want to master the basics. Level 1 features four hours of intensive instruction, drills, and practice, taking you step by step through the 10 fundamental moves of Lindy Hop. Level 1 is taught by Sam Mahfoud & Teresa Ullman. (Click for instructor info.)
Level 2 (Intermediate) — Advance & Improve Your Lindy Hop! Level 2 is for dancers already proficient at Swing-Outs and other Lindy Hop fundamentals. Level 2 participants will polish and style their Lindy Hop, learn new moves and footwork, and gain valuable Lindy experience guided by the instructors. Level 2 is taught by Tom Blair & Aryn Kelly Rathbone. (Click for instructor info.)
Lindy Hop Boot Camp is followed by the Saturday Swing evening dance, which is included in the price of your Boot Camp registration.
1:30-2:00pm – Doors Open, Registration, Warm Up
2:00-6:00pm – Boot Camp (includes breaks & practice time)
6:00-8:00pm – Dinner Break
8:00-9:00pm – Saturday Swing Dance Lesson (optional)
9:00pm-1:00 – Saturday Swing Dance
More Info Register Online
St. Louis Shag Lessons happen every Wednesday in July, 6-7pm at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, featuring Dominic & Jocelyn, special guest instructors. St. Louis Shag is an 8-count partnered swing dance that evolved from the Charleston. With its satisfying rhythms, tilting shuffles, and high-energy kicks, it's making a major comeback among swing dancers across the nation! Unlike Charleston and other Shags, St. Louis Shag is danced in place and it's lower impact, meaning all ages can dance it. Come any week, or take all three for the full experience. Instructor, Dominic Howarth, grew up on swing music, then five years ago decided to give the dance a try, at the Gulfport Casino. After a year of taking every group lesson Swing Time had to offer, he started soaking up swing dance knowledge from every source available, from Florida instructors to YouTube. Last year, he won both the Jack & Jill and the Solo Jazz dance competitions at Statesboro Swings Out in Georgia. Today, he and partner, Jocelyn, are leaders in the St Pete swing scene, hosting weekly classes at the Premier Dance Academy, and a monthly lesson/dance in Straub Park for the City of St. Petersburg. Instructor, Jocelyn Howard, got her start swing dancing at the Gulfport Casino when she was in high school. After graduating college, she returned to St. Petersburg and started swing-dancing "full time" (in addition to her professional day job) the last three years. While swing dancing in St. Louis, Jocelyn noticed the local dancers doing a fun new dance, and she and Dominic decided they had to learn it and teach it to others. That dance was St. Louis Shag!
School's out for the summer and students get $5 admission to every Swing Time dance at the Gulfport Casino this summer! That includes the Wednesday Gulfport Casino Swing Nights and the monthly Sunday Ballroom Fusion Nights. Take advantage of this sweet deal this summer.
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