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Swing Time Newsletter — Monday MARCH 18th 2019

This Wednesday, March 20th, Swing Time presents Cincinnati band, Keith Jones & the Makeshifts live at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom! This all-ages dance includes two free dance lessons, a Blues-Dance Lesson 6-7pm and a Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8pm, followed by Live Music & Dancing 8-11pmDoors open 5:45pm.  Admission's just $12; get your tickets at the door (cash only; no free passes, birthday passes, or student specials accepted on band nights).

Keith Jones & the Makeshifts are one of the best musical groups to ever headline the Gulfport Casino.  This Cincinnati band swings hot jump-blues and traditional rock'n'roll for your dancing pleasure, and they've been a huge hit with dancers every time they've played for us before.  In fact, the band currently holds the Wednesday Swing Night attendance record! 

This 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).

Wednesday, March 27th, is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Blues-Dance 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.

Blues Dance Lessons happen Wednesdays, March 20th & 27th, 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.

Upcoming Bonus Lessons (6-7pm) at Gulfport Casino Swing Night:
      MAR 20 (Wed): Blues Dancing — Blues in Waltz Time (3/4 or 6/8)
      MAR 27 (Wed): Blues Dancing — Slow/Lyrical Moves
      APR  3 (Wed): Shim Sham

Saturday, March 30th, The Connection (Swing, Blues, & Fusion) returns to Simone Salsa studio in Tampa.  The Connection features 3 simultaneous rooms of music & dancing.  One $10 admission gets you into all three dances!  Doors open 7:45pm.  Lessons start 8pm.  Dancing starts 9pm.

Join us 8-9pm for a special Fusion Lesson — How to Lead & Follow Anything — led by special guest instructor James H.  Learn the three dimensions of connecting with your social dance partners — the visual, the physical, and the musical!  Explore the essential elements as you transform the science of dancing to the art of partner dancing.  Instructor, James H, is a West Coast Swing Champion / all-star dancer, author, coach, and instructor since 2008.  The night also includes a Blues Lesson, happening 9:30-10:00pm in the Blues room.  Lessons are free with admission to the dance.  Dancing starts 9:00pm in the Swing & Fusion Rooms, and 10:00pm in the Blues Room.

Friday, April 12th, 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 Soul Line Dancing 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.

Join special guest instructor, Angie Causey, and the United Soul Line Dancers of Florida for a Soul Line Dancing lesson at 7pm.  You'll learn three new soul line dances, and you'll get to dance them all later during the dance!  Dance instructor & choreographer, Angie Causey, is founder of the United Soul Line Dancers.  She's been dancing and teaching for over 10 years, and regularly travels and teaches all across the USA.

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