Even President Clinton has seen the light, proclaiming, I love this band - they're great!
St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) September 10, 2007
Swing Dance USA 2007 is October 5, 6 and 7. "A Not-To-Be-Missed" annual event. For the third year in a row sponsors from all over the United States are hosting a national 3 day Swing Era Convention featuring remarkable shows, dances, workshops, competition and more at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum in St. Petersburg Florida. Attending will be international stars of stage, world champion instructors, social dancers of all levels, swing dance and swing music enthusiasts and swing dance competitors of all ages and talents. The full brochure is available online at http://SwingDanceUSA.com.
The Grand Venue
The historic St. Petersburg Coliseum is a true vintage Show Palace built in the 1920's created for the many vintage films, big bands and dance marathons. With an incredible 15,500 sq. ft. oak dance floor. Some of the performers appearing at the Coliseum during the Swing Era are Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and many more. The Coliseum is located at 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 (727) 892-5202.
Learning The Moves - Instructors
International swing dance stars Kim Clever, David Frutos, Chester Whitmore and Rusty Frank are the featured instructors and will be teaching intermediate to advanced classes as well as the Master's Classes. Also a list of amazingly talented instructors from across the US including Crista Seipp, Lovelynn Jensen, Anna Davidson, Kristin Fisher, Destiny Vigil, Scot Alsop, Seth Dietzel, Tim Adams, Don Kruse, Chris Crawford, Forrest Outman, and Matt Keen teach classes throughout the weekend.
Workshops To Get You Swingin'
Workshop classes are Saturday and Sunday between 10 AM and 5 PM. A full workshop schedule with instructors and class titles are listed on http://SwingDanceUSA.com.
Participants have the option of choosing which classes to attend, including Lindy Hop, Balboa, Bal-Swing, Jitterbug, Jazz, Blues, Charleston, Tap, Musicality and more. Beginning dancers can follow a beginner track. All classes are categorized by their level of difficulty as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Masters. In order not to slow down the group, attendees are asked to qualify before taking Advanced and/or Masters Classes. Master's Classes are especially fast-paced classes recommended for instructors and advanced dancers. Masters classes are the only classes priced separately.
3 Days of Competition
Swing Dance USA is holding dance competitions for national titles, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday night there is the Swing Dance USA Amateur Open competition at 8 pm. Saturday night starting at 6 PM is the USA Pro-Am, Jack and Jill, Strictly Swing with Lindy Hop, Balboa and Jitterbug/East Coast Swing and the Championship Showcase Competition. Winners of the Championship Showcase Division win $750 or they may choose airfare and admittance to the American Lindy Hop Championships in New York City. Groups and Dance Troupes compete Sunday for the Swing Dance USA Team Division. Official Chief of Judges is Debra Loran heading the dance departments at both the University of Tampa and University of South Florida. Honorary judges include Chris Crawford (Virginia Beach), Rebecca Strickland (Tallahassee), Tim Munsell (Nashville), Rusty Frank (Los Angeles), Debra Kee (Tampa/St. Pete) and more. See the http://SwingDanceUSA.com website for rules, divisions and the entry process.
Unbelievable Nightly Dance Shows
Friday Night October 5, 2007 is the Opening Premiere of Swing Dance USA
Free-to-the-public Reception, Competition and Social Dancing with Lavay Smith!
This weekend event starts with a free-to-the-public Reception Partyheld in the balcony of the Coliseum at 7pm, where there will be a presentation of the History of Swing. The Reception party ends at 8 PM then at 9PM San Francisco bombshell Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are playing live. Many publications have sung the praises of Lavay Smith and her band, including Downbeat, The Los Angeles Times, Jazziz, The Boston Globe, Blues Revue, The New York Press, Living Blues, and the Alternative Press. Television and Radio appearances include Public Television's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Fox TV's Fox Files, and NPR's To The Best of Our Knowledge. World famous celebrities have jumped on the Lavay Smith bandwagon as well. "Johnny Otis says Lavay is wonderful! She and her band are a breath of fresh air." "Dan Aykroyd, a.k.a. Elwood Blues, says of Lavay's debut album, One Hour Mama, ..this CD is guaranteed to make you feel better." "Even President Clinton has seen the light, proclaiming, I love this band - they're great!"
Tickets for Friday Night's Show are $19 in advance and $23 at the door. Doors open for the free-to-the-public Reception at 7 PM. Ticket holders may enter the Coliseum 7 PM for the 8 PM competition and the Lavay Smith Show starts at 9PM until 1 AM. Advance tickets and group ticket sales are available now at http://SwingDanceUSA.com. Visit the website for details.
Saturday Night October 6, 2007
Opens early for National Competitions, Vintage Runway Show and Social Dancing with George Gee!
Saturday night opens with a spectacular National Swing Dance Competition with Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Jitterbug competitors in Jack and Jill, Pro-Am, and Strictly Swing divisions. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the competition starts at 6 PM. Qualifying winners of the Championship Showcase Division win $750 or they may choose airfare and entry into the American Lindy Hop Championships in New York City. See the website http://SwingDanceUSA.com for rules, divisions and how to enter the competition.
Hitting the stage at 9 PM is New York City's finest Big Band, the world famous George Gee Jump, Jive and Wailers. When George Gee's Band plays, in an instant, the swing era returns. Comprised of younger and older veterans of the world's most legendary big bands, George Gee's Orchestra appears across the world at top concert halls, and is a favorite headliner of the top Swing and Lindy Hop events.
Saturday's special presentation includes a vintage runway show held at 10 PM. All attendees are encouraged to wear vintage swing dance attire and may enter.
Tickets for Saturday Night's Show are $19 in advance and $23 at the door. Included in the price of the tickets is Swing Dance USA's National Swing Dance Competition starting at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30. The George Gee Show starts at 9 PM and goes until 1 AM. Advance tickets and group ticket sales are available at http://SwingDanceUSA.com.
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The After Party
At the workshop's conclusion Sunday at 5 pm, everyone is invited to attend the Big After-Party in Tampa at Tampa's Biggest Weekly Swing Dance as the Grand Finale continues until midnight at the Zendah Grotto. For more information on the Sunday dance location, please visit http://Swingang.com
Vendors and Sponsors
Vendor and advertising opportunities are available. Individuals and companies can help young competition dancers by becoming contributing sponsors of the Swing Dance USA Championship Prize and Scholarship Awards by emailing sponsor@SwingDanceUSA.com or calling (813) 5-SWING-5.
Get Your Tickets
Advance tickets are only available for purchase online; and in-person at Tampa Swing Gang Events (see http://Swingang.com), however, you may purchase tickets at the Coliseum on the Day of the Show. For a limited time, early-bird purchasers may purchase the Ultimate Weekend Pass, which includes access to all events from Friday night through Sunday at midnight PLUS a very cool 2007 event T-shirt. Advance tickets for the All-Access Pass are $109 (regular price $119), for a limited time only. The Master's Class workshops are not included in the Ultimate Weekend Pass. An ala carte menu is available for each day's workshops, as well as each evening dance. Please see http://SwingDanceUSA.com for all your ticket options.