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The Dance Newsletter For December 2011

From: Randy T.
Sent on: Sunday, December 4, 2011 2:40 PM
The Dance Newsletter For December 2011

       Greetings Swing Dancers and Friends,

  Christmas Parties,
The Jive Aces, The 10 O'Clock Band and other Special Events: December and January will be busy Swing Dance months.

Friday December 16th 5th Annual Swinging Holiday Party/Swing Dance-Boca Ciega Yacht Club
600_19368201.jpeg    The Greater Tampa Bay Dance Meetup Group and The Atomic Era Swing Society Dance Club are having their  5th Annual Swinging Holiday Party!   Bring a hot or cold dish to share-home made or purchased-it doesn't matter. A donation bucket will be available if you would like to contribute towards the room rent, supplies and ice costs. Strictly voluntary.  BYOB-bottled water and soda available (a $1 donation is requested). Plates, Flatware, Napkins and cups provided. The doors will be open by 6:00. The music will start at opening; and then kick into high gear around 7:30 PM. If you have a danceable holiday favorite; bring the cd along.

  Please notice the new location:The Boca Ciega Yacht Club in Gulfport. ( 

  Map to Yacht Club:

  Head South on 49th St. Turn left onto 29th Street South then turn right on Tifton until it ends at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club.

Special Events For December

December 6th Holiday Party at Club Vicente


Theme Nights/Swing Dances at the Goodman Ballroom
Goodman Ballroom at The (NEW) Largo Community Center
400 Alternate Keen Road
Largo, FL 33771
7PM Swing Dance Lesson 8-11 DJ Dance

Saturday Dances Will Not Be Held on December 24 or December 31, 2011.         

        Instead. . . the dances will be on Thursday, December 22 and December 29

Christmas Party and Toy Drive Saturday December 10th




Monthly Birthday Party



       FESTIVE ATTIRE REQUESTED Deck yourself out for a Swingin' Night of Your Favorite Holiday Tunes.  Classics like Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Jingle Bell Rock with  soon-to-be favorites .

The Christmas Season is a time of Giving.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to be displayed at the front of the stage.  We will be sending the toys to the TOYS for TOTS Foundation To THANK YOU for your donation you receive $2 off your admission. Good for one (1) discount per person per toy. Goodman Ballroom - Largo Community Center 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo, FL 33770 [masked] $7.00 Admission Lesson from 7-8 PM.  Dancing from 8 - 11 PM.

December 20th - 90th Birthday Party in Honor of Johnny Otis

Celebrate the life and 70 year musical career of Johnny Otis. During his career Johnny was a drummer, piano and vibraphone player, band leader, song writer, record producer, talent scout and radio DJ. Birthday Cake!


Johnny Otis-inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-1994

Genres Blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, rock & roll, doo-wop, soul, funk

 Discovered Little Ester, Big Jay McNeeley, Etta James, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard, and Little Willie John.

 Produced Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" as well as many early Elvis recordings including his version of "Hound Dog".

He had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne" in 1945.

His rock and roll band recorded the smash hit "Hand Jive" in 1958.

He wrote the standard "Every Beat of My Heart".

Headlined the
San Francisco Blues Festival in 1990 and 2000.

December 27th - Mad Men Night at Club Vicente

An early 1960's style cool lounge inspired swing dance.

Swinging 60's lounge music, vintage drink specials, and vintage dressed dancers.

Dance from 7 to 11 PM- $6
The Historic Don Vicente Inn
14th Street and 9th Avenue in Ybor .



January 31st at The St. Petersburg Coliseum Ballroom

Swingin’ The New Year


Another Spectacular Swingin’ The New Year is coming to the St. Pete Coliseum! Tickets are NOW available at Swing Gang and Swing Time events. Groups of 10 or more are given a $2 per ticket discount when purchased together and assigned a reserved table.

RESERVED SEATING Tickets are $19.99 and available online here–>

GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets are $19 advance  – available here ->

GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets are $23 the Day Of The Event.

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
New Year’s Eve — Saturday December 31st 2011
– Swingin’ the New Year, a grand New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages, happening at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum! The evening includes music, dancing and celebration 9pm-1am, plus an intro swing-dance lesson 8-9pm (no partner needed); doors open at 7:30pm.
The celebration features a midnight countdown & balloon drop, a vintage fashion photo shoot & contest, party favors, prize giveaways, free parking, and a full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available. The St. Petersburg Coliseum provides historic swing-era ambiance, a smoke-free atmosphere, and an unparalleled 15,000 square foot oak dance floor! New Year’s and vintage attire encouraged. The St. Petersburg Coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg FL 33701.

Doors Open 7:30pm
Music, Dancing & Celebration! 9pm-1am
Swing Dance Lesson: 8-9pm (no partner needed)
Midnight Countdown & BALLOON DROP
Full Cash Bar w/ Champagne Bottles & Toasts Available
Party Favors ~ Noisemakers ~ Prize Giveaways
* All Ages * Smoke-Free * New Year’s Decor * Free Parking *

Weekly Dances

Every Sunday

 At the Zendah Grotto
Lindy Lesson at 6 PM with East Coast Swing lesson to follow before the DJ dance-8-midnight.. $8-$7 for students.
4402 W Ohio Ave, Tampa, FL 

Every Tuesday

 The Historic Don Vicente Inn

Dance from 7 to 11 PM- $6

14th Street and 9th Avenue in Ybor .

Every Wednesday

The Gulfport Casino Ballroom
6 PM Bonus Lesson; 7 PM East Coast Swing Lesson-8 to 11 PM dance. $7

5500 Shore Blvd S,
Gulfport, FL 33707

Every Saturday

Saturday Swing in the Goodman Ballroom
 at the New Largo Community Center

7 PM Lesson by Arleene - 8 to 11 PM dance. Mostly Swing. Only $7.

400 Alternate Keene Road
Largo, FL 33771  (727)[masked]

Other Dances
Hit that Jive Modern Swing happens the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Playing the best in current top 40 pop, hip-hop, rock, and r&b music.
Admission: $7, $6 for students.

Bayou Dance Club[masked]nd Ave N, Pinellas Park, Saint Petersburg, FL

Crossroads of Swing happens 1st Thursdays from 8pm – midnight
featuring 2 rooms with Lindy, West Coast, Blues.

Bayou Dance Club[masked]nd Ave N, Pinellas Park, Saint Petersburg, FL

The Way 2 Dance Studio - Brandon


Lesson 7 PM Sharp
Open Dancing 8 to 11

$8 Admission -  610 Oakfield Drive  Brandon, FL 33511

Up Coming Special Events

Friday January13th-10 O'Clock Band at Goodman Ballroom
First anniversary party. Tickets $15 in advance $20 at the door (If any tickets are still available). Tickets available soon.

Sunday January 22nd- The Jive Aces at The Zendah Grotto

The Greater Tampa Bay Dance Meetup Group

The purpose of this Meetup group is to help bring dancing people together with dancing venues and other dancers.

It's free and easy. Sometimes we can arrange for discounts to dance events. If you are reading this newsletter and you are not a member,

maybe you should be.

 See you on the dance floor,


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