Sunday, January 16th, 2011 | Author: admin
If you want the complete run-down on west coast swing dancing in the state of Florida, you need to subscribe to CJ Henry’s Swing News from Around O-Town. CJ sends her newsletter out weekly with updates on dance events, lessons and other news of interest to the WCS crowd.
Reading CJ’s newsletter, we get a geography lesson for the state of Florida. CJ lives in Orlando (or “O-Town”), and lists all Florida events in order of distance from Orlando. She identifies regions of the state by “coast” (there is a lot of coastline along the state of Florida), and cities within each coastal region. St. Petersburg is in the “Sun Coast” region, as well as Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Tampa, and Sarasota.
Other regions include First Coast (Jacksonville), Gold Coast (Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Miami), Treasure Coast (Palm City, Vero Beach, Okeechobee), Emerald Coast (Pensacola and Florida Panhandle), Space Coast (Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Palm Bay), and NW Central Florida (Gainsville).
There are other coasts which probably won’t get mentioned in CJ’s newsletter because they don’t host many west coast swing events: Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, West Coast, Central East Coast, North Central Coast, Big Bend Coast, and Forgotten Coast. (I suppose the last one could be a hodge-podge of everything which wouldn’t fit in the other coasts.)
Aside from geography, CJ does an outstanding job of listing the instructors at featured dance events, with links to their Websites and email addresses. She is fair-minded, unbiased, and comprehensive, and diligently reports as many details on these events as she can find. If there is a west coast swing event in Florida, all the details will be in her newsletter. All of the west coast swing dance events I have attended in Tampa, Pinellas County, Sarasota and Orlando I have found through Swing News from Around O-Town.
Subscriptions are free. Just send a request to CJ Henry to be added to her email list at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Interested in east coast, Lindy, and jitterbug dances? That’s a whole other scene. In the Tampa Bay area, a good place to start is http://swingang.com, or http://swingtime.info, and at those Websites you can subscribe for news on Lindy and jitterbug dance events.
See you out dancing.