Edinbop is a non profit dancing organisation which hosts the weekly social dancing nights of Shoe Swing Wednesdays and The Tuesday Night Spoonful in Edinburgh. Edinbop also runs regular swing dancing classes in different styles including lindy hop, balboa and blues. There is always something going on so make sure you stay tuned to the latest news for upcoming events or why not subscribe to our newsletter

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Blues News November


The Tuesday Night Spoonful have a host of special classes this month including guests teachers Samuel Tinguely (Switzerland) and Daire Mac An Bhaird (Oslo) AND Leigh‘s back from her first international teaching gig at Drag The Blues (Barcelona) and is psyched to be back in the ‘burgh teaching with Seb!

Upcoming events:

Scotland will be representing at Snowflake Blues (Dec 11-13, Durham) with Craig Thomson (Dundee) and Leigh partnering up with the lovely Annette (http://www.annettedances.com/). This will be a big party weekend with a focus on solo blues/musicality/quality of movement and registration is open now.

As always, there are plenty of events happening all over Europe…

There are still some tickets for Petit ESBF (Dec 11-13, Madrid); a mini ESBF with Alba, Gaston, Vicci and Adamo, the four organisers of ESpanish Blues Festival!

Registrations have just opened for Valentine’s Blues (Feb 12-14) in beautiful Warsaw, and the organisers are happy to help with finding accommodation or hosting the dancers :)

If you want to really push your dancing to the next level, there’s the week long Blossom Blues Camp and Festival (May 7-16, Zurich) with Brenda Russell and Catherine Palmier… you can’t register yet, but mark your calendars!

If you’re new to traveling to events, you can chat to Leigh or any of the teachers/committee for advice and tips, and the FB group is a great place to coordinate travel plans!

Here’s a clip of Vicci & Adamo’s latest choreography at Berlin Blues Explosion for inspiration. PS Congrats to Shell & Leigh for placing 2nd in the Strictly Finals!

Edinbop Winter Cabaret – 27 January 2016


Edinbop’s Winter Cabaret is back on the 27th Jan! This is always a fun night out and a great way to introduce friends and family to the dance scene. If you have a hidden talent and would like to perform, email info@edinbop.co.uk. Anything goes (dancing, singing, comedy, plate spinning – ANYTHING!) but please keep your act less than 3 MIN. We’re already looking forward to all the amazing stuff people will be doing this year!

Help keep our scene swingin’!


Join-the-Edinbop-CommitteeWe’re seeking volunteers to make a difference to the scene by joining the Edinbop Committee!

Whether you’ve only just fallen in love with swing dancing or are a veteran in the scene, we need your ideas, opinions and skills to help Edinburgh’s scene swinging.

If you’re interested in gaining experience in events management, running a popular community group and seeing what goes on behind-the-scenes, this is the opportunity for you.

Roles on the Edinbop Committee include:

  • Management Committee (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary)
  • Teacher Coordinators
  • DJ Coordinators
  • Newsletter Coordinators
  • Event Coordinators

If you’re curious and want to find out more, send us an email: info@edinbop.co.uk.

All nominations must be received by Saturday 5 December.

New Committee Members will be elected at the AGM on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016 – Bookings now Open


Registrations are now open for the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016.

Register here

This is going to be an amazing weekend with Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault . I’m also delighted that we’ll have Christi Rankin and Jason Roseweir joining us again for the improver classes.

For more information about the event go to Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016 or check out the Facebook event  page

October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!


The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time!

Adventure-like events in Aberdeen, blues bombing live music venues, a tea dance at the Bottle Cap Bar and Brewery, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). 

There are a few spaces left here:

Join the FB event to keep up to date!

Head to London and become a record breaker!


If you aren’t coming to our Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, why not head down to London and take part in the World’s Largest Charleston Dance Record Attempt?!

On Sunday 11 October, between 12pm-2pm, the London swing dance scene are hoping to beat the current record of 503 people, so they need all the help they can get!

To break the record, everyone has to know and dance the same routine – the choreographed dance is demonstrated here by the lovely Ben and Robyn:

As well as record breaking, there will be plenty of social dancing for the price of a £2 donation per person to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Charity.

Make sure you register in advance to help them count all the record breakers!

Edinbop Beginners Weekends for Balboa and Lindy Hop


Through the autumn Edinbop is offering you the opportunity to learn to dance. So for those of you who want take your first steps on the dancefloor, or are tempted to learn something new, you’re in luck! We’ve got, not one, but TWO Beginners Weekends coming up!

It’s only £25 for each weekend (£20 for students) and, to sweeten the deal even more, if you book for both, you get a £5 discount on each!!

So tell your friends, family, colleagues and partners and register today!

For more about the Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th October check out the Facebook page.

and sign up here!

And for more about the Balboa Beginners Weekend on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd November check out this Facebook page.

and sign up here!

Balboa Fundamentals – come get your shuffle on!


Starting on 7th October and running through to the end of November is a new block of Balboa Fundamentals classes suitable for total beginners as well as people who have been coming for a while!

As usual, these start at 8pm with an hour of class.

The two month block will be progressive and students are encouraged to start in the first week of October and come to classes consecutively to allow everyone to build on what they learn. Please note, complete beginners must start in the first two weeks of the course.

Classes will be taught by Kym and Terssa in October, with Carsten and Sarah in November.

Check out Mickey and Kelly for inspiration.

Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016


The Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015 was a great success, so there’s nothing more to it than do it all over again so we are delighted to announce that Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault will be back for the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016!

Bookings are now open! Register Here

The weekend will be in February this time around and run from 19-21st of February and includes:
– Intermediate level and above workshops, with Mickey and Kelly, on the Saturday and Sunday. As in 2015 we will have an additional Advanced level class on the Sunday morning.
– Improvers level workshop with Christie Rankin and Jason Roseweir on the Saturday.
– Social dances: Friday Welcome Party. Saturday Dance with live music from Havana Swing. Then the Sunday Tea Dance to wrap things up .

More details at the event’s facebook page

Special guests and live music at the Spoonful Blues


September 29 – Live music from The Blueswater

The Tuesday Night Spoonful is back with a bang – we’re very excited to announce that on Sept 29, local  heroes – The BluesWater – will be playing an acoustic set during our social dance at The Newsroom. These guys played a storming set at The Spoonful, and it’ll be something special to have them play an intimate set just for us… Classes and social will be the regular prices and we’ll be filling a bucket to show the band our appreciation.

New blues teaching lineup for October

October sees a fantastic teaching lineup of special guests kicking off with Jo Meyer & Ian Brooks teaching their first blues class in Edinburgh (6 Oct); international blues & fusion teacher, Luke Weismann, is dropping in on the 13th for a special class with Leigh; and Julie is bringing us on home with classes with Kym and Carolyn.

October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!

The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time! And it’s as free/cheap as we can possibly make it. Dance parties, socialising, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). Join the FB event to keep up to date!