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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday FEBRUARY 26th 2019

This Wednesday, February 27th, is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Advancing-Your-Swing Lesson 6-7pm, Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm, and Dancing 8-11pm.  Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.

Intermediate Swing WednesdayAdvance Your Swing this Wednesday, February 27th, 6-7pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.  Learn Cool Moves, Multiple Turns, and more.

Blues Dance Lessons happen every Wednesday in March, 6-7pm, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, featuring special guest instructors, Will & Katy Flanery.  Blues Dancing, simply put, is techniques for dancing to slower music, whether it be groovy, funky, soulful, modern, ballad, or actual blues music.  Come any week, or take all four for the full experience!

Cincinnati's Keith Jones & the Makeshifts return live to the Gulfport Casino Swing Night on Wednesday, March 20th...mark your calendars!  This band is one of the top musical acts to ever headline the Gulfport Casino, swinging hot jump-blues and traditional rock'n'roll for your dancing pleasure. 

Friday, March 8th, is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino.  Dance 8pm-midnight to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, featuring an exciting mix of retro & modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Fusion, etc) plus group, line, and freestyle dancing!  Arrive early for a Rumba Lesson 7-8pm.  Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson.  Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7pm and take the lesson.  Soul Night happens at the Gulfport Casino the 2nd Friday of every month.

Lesson Info — Learn Soul-style Rumba...how to Rumba to Soul music!  This class, taught by Sam from Swing Time, will broaden your musical dance skills, so you're no longer limited to boogying back & forth between two feet.  A surprising number of soul, funk, blues, and R&B tunes, including many of your favorite songs, have a slow-quick-quick rhythm that's perfect for dancing Rumba, and we're going to dance to a variety of these songs in the lesson.  In addition to typical Rumba moves, we'll learn some new ones, borrowed from other dances.  For experienced dancers, we'll show you how to convert your entire repertoire of Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha moves to Rumba dancing!  If you like dancing to Soul, Funk, Blues, or R&B music, including live bands, then you'll enjoy adding Rumba to your repertoire.

Thursday, March 21st, our friends at Palladium Theater host a concert & dance in their Side Door Cabaret featuring hot NYC swing band, Svetlana & the Delancey Five!  Only 180 tickets will be sold, and yes, there will be a dance floor!  Based out of New York City, Svetlana & the Delancey Five are a critically acclaimed act that have headlined sold out shows across the U.S. and abroad, from theaters and nightclubs to Jazz & Blues festivals.  The band loves to play for dancers, and they include dancers onstage in many of their shows.  General admission tickets are $25 in advance, but use promo code SWING (all capital letters) to get $20 advance tickets.  The historic Palladium Theater is one of Tampa Bay's best and most affordable performing arts venues.  It's located at 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (Phone 727-822-3590).

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