Another Spectacular Swingin’ The New Year at the St. Pete Coliseum! Reserved Seat Tickets are NOW available. Groups of 10 or more are given a $2 per ticket discount when purchased together and assigned a reserved table.
RESERVED SEATING Tickets are $25 and available online here–>
HURRY! Tickets are $30 after December 10th.
GRAND NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION FOR ALL AGES
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
at the ST PETERSBURG COLISEUM
The evening includes music, dancing and celebration with the 18 piece Tom Kats Big Band 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 *
TICKETS: Discount of $2/Ticket for Groups of 10 or more (must purchase 10+ tickets simultaneously)
Purchase Advance Tickets:
ONLINE at www.TampaBaySwing.com
Coliseum Box Office: 535 4th Ave N, St Petersburg (4:30 PM)
BY PHONE: 727-773-0064
For group reservations visit www.TampaBaySwing.com.
The Coliseum balcony, with seating for up to 150, is also available for a large group reservation or sponsorship. For questions about group reservations phone 727-773-0064 or 727-669-7830.
Food & Drinks: You may bring your own food to this event, or purchase a variety of snacks from the Coliseum’s snack bar (everything from popcorn to ice cream to coffee). For drinks, the Coliseum will run a full cash bar, with beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks, bottled water, and champagne. No outside beverages are allowed into the Coliseum, and no coolers are allowed.
For more information, visit www.TampaBaySwing.com on the web, phone 813-579-4645 (Swing Gang for Group Reservations -or- Order Tickets by Phone -or- Questions BEFORE Day of Event), phone 727-669-7830 (Swing Time for Group Reservations -or- Order Tickets by Phone -or- Questions BEFORE Day of Event), or phone 727-892-5202 (Day of Event).
Joel Plys, Gina Helfrich, Crista Seipp doing the Tranky Doo at Swing Dance USA 2010
Swing music began as a form of jazz developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. Big Band Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass and drums as the anchor for a lead section of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets, and sometimes stringed instruments such as violin and guitar, medium to fast tempos, and a “lilting” swing time rhythm. Large ensemble Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of bandleaders such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie became the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945.
The term “to swing” is praise for music with a strong rhythmic “groove” or drive.
This commercial for Gap Khakis from 1998 helped propel swing music back into the mainstream and publicized the swing revival of the late 90′s (of which we are currently a part of).
The Legendary George “Shorty” Snowden and his partner Big Bea in 1937. He was a first Generation Lindy Hopper first captured on film in the 1920′s in the short “After Seven”.
Shorty George is not only credited for giving the dance it’s name “The Lindy Hop” but also the name in which the Jazz vernacular step “the shorty george” came from.
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