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
You asked for more live music, and we are only too happy to oblige!
The Foo Birds will return for the social dance on the 15th April. The price for the social is as normal (£3), but if you want to show your appreciation for live music, there will be a tip jar for a suggested donation of £3 that will go directly to our lovely band.
All classes will run as normal:
7pm-8pm Beginners Lindy Hop
8pm-9pm Improvers Lindy Hop
9pm-11pm Social dancing with the Foo Birds
7pm-8pm Improvers Balboa
8pm-9pm Beginners Balboa
One dance class – £5.50 / £4.50 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 / £8 concessions
Social dancing – £3 (What a bargain!) Free if you take a class
Free for Beginners Workshop attendees, £3 for everyone else
Two hours of tea, cake, chat, and easy-going, swinging jazz to ease our new Lindy Hoppers into social dancing.
Experienced dancers welcome – but go easy on the flashy moves, ask a beginner to dance, and don’t overexert yourself – it is a Sunday after all!
If you happen to be a keen baker, additions to our cake stash are very welcome!
On Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March, we’re holding a Beginners Weekend Workshop at the Counting House. This workshop with Bryony and Craig will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves! (And at a good price too – only £25 / £20 for students!)
An ideal way to build those solid basics and confidence to get on the dancefloor. Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about learning to lead when you usually follow, or vice versa, now is your chance!
There will also be a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 22 March (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).
This is event is now fully booked. Any new bookings received will be placed on a waiting list.
With January came our annual Cabaret, the highlight of the Edinbop calendar! Thank you to everyone who came along and to our performers for their superb acts this year.
Sadly, January also brought some shocking news about sexual assault within the international swing dancing community, which has made us take a close look at how we promote safety in our scene.
Our new Code of Conduct outlines what is and isn’t appropriate in Edinbop classes or events. While most of it should be common sense, we ask that you give it a read anyway. These statements apply to everyone, whether you’re a leader or follower, beginner or founding member.
Our neighbouring scene over in Glasgow are inviting us to join them for The Glasgow Getdown on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June. Book your place for a full weekend dedicated in equal measures to Lindy Hop and Blues.
Showcasing some of Glasgow’s beautiful historic buildings, the event is offering 3 jam packed nights of dancing, laughing, drinking and partying in one of the most musical cities in the world – and it’s only one hour away from Edinburgh!
We’ve been promised live music from authentic Jazz and Ragtime bands blasting out our favourite classics as well as contemporary Scottish talent bringing you Blues and Swing with a twist. On top of that, there will be special vintage events and activities all weekend, including bite size tasters of Balboa and Collegiate Shag!
To register and for more info go to: http://
We hope you all had an awesome time at the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend and that you’ll be heading to the next Balboa Brunch on Saturday 21 February at the Wash Bar to practice your new moves!
Our fantastic local Balboa teacher, Jason Roseweir, caught Mickey & Kelly’s amazing demo dance in this video from the Saturday night, featuring the wonderful Rose Room:
Thank you to all our inspirational teachers (Mickey, Kelly, Jason and Christi) and to everyone who volunteered their time to help make the weekend a great success!
If you have any specific feedback on the big weekend event, or would be interested in helping out with organising any future Balboa events, please do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our neighbours at Caledonian Balboa have also just opened bookings for the Edinburgh Balboa Exchange, Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May! Places are going fast, so book quickly and take advantage of the early bird discount (ends Monday 23 February).
Keep on shufflin’!
Everyone’s talking about Balboa at the start of this year!
If you hadn’t already heard, we’ve got FREE beginners classes in Balboa throughout January (8pm on Wednesdays at the Counting House) in the run up to the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend with international Balboa teachers Mickey and Kelly at the end of the month.
It’s not too late to register for the big event, but if you’ve already got daytime plans, why not come along to the three social dances at Stockbridge House, Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB?
- Welcome Dance
Friday 30 January, from 8:30pm – late, only £5 entrance
- Main Social Dance
Saturday 31 January, from 8pm – late, £10 entrance
- Tea Dance
Sunday 1 February, from 3:30 – 5pm, £3 entrance
Special bargain price of £15 if you attend all three socials! Just pay on the door for any of the social dances.
And if that’s not enough Balboa for you, there’s the wonderful Balboa Brunch on Saturday 21 February so you can continue practicing all your new moves from Mickey and Kelly.
See you shufflin’ on the dancefloor!
It’s time for Edinbop’s annual Winter Cabaret – a night for Edinbop regulars (and not-so-regulars) to show off their talents with short acts, interspersed with the usual social dancing from 9 – all for the regular price of £3 (or free if you attend a class before 9).
Get your acts together and bring friends, family and anyone who has not yet witnessed the spectacle of this brilliant night to the Counting House.
Share your hidden talents with the most enthusiastic audience you’ll EVER find. Previous performances include dances, songs, live music, stories, juggling, break dancing, and acts that truly defy categorisation…the only rule is that acts are kept short – please keep it under or around 3 minutes!
Come find Kat at the Counting House on a Wednesday evening and let her know if you would like to perform. Alternatively email email@example.com. Spaces are limited and over half have already gone, so get in quick!
Classes will run as normal on the night & social dancing starts at 9pm (for info about classes, please see here). The first acts will kick off at about 9.30pm.
We will request that the upstairs bar is opened so you can have a drink to help you recover from performances that will surely knock your socks off!
Some highlights from previous years…
Merry Christmas to you all!
We hope you’re enjoying the festive season and would like to thank everyone who came along to the AGM on Wednesday 10 December! We got lots of feedback from people and we hope to take forward lots of your ideas in the New Year.
If you couldn’t make it to the AGM but would like to give feedback or share ideas, please fill out the survey – it’s open until Thursday 1 January 2015.
Documents from the AGM are available for you to view:
We also now have a new Edinbop committee for 2015:
Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir
We’d like to give a massive thanks again to Alison (Ali) Jeffrey, Daniel Rodger, Sebastian Sandoval Similä, Anna Plant, and Jack Lavender who stepped down this year. They’ve been a fantastic influence on the Edinburgh dance scene during their time on the committee.
Heads up everyone, if you’ve not done much balboa or are curious we’ll be offering free balboa classes in December and January at the Counting House on Wednesdays.
We’re also running an awesome workshop weekend on the 30th of January – 1st of February that includes intermediate and advanced classes taught by top tier international teachers Mickey and Kelly, but wait, there’s more! We’ll also have improver level classes taught by our local legend Christie. If you start taking beginner balboa classes now (or soon, that works too) you should have done enough by the time the weekend rolls around that you can happily take part in our improver level.
There will also be a lot of social dancing included in your ticket no matter your level, which super brilliant band Rose Room.
However, heads up! The early bird discount for the weekend runs out on the 14th of December, so don’t miss out, Book now at: http://ebw2015.dancecamps.org/booking.php
There is a follower waiting list atm, but if you’re wanting to go sign up anyway, if someone books with you later you’ll be taken off the waiting list and/or if a single lead signs up. Speaking of which, leads we need you, come sign up and make a follow’s day, you won’t regret it.
This is a really good opportunity so if you’re even a tiny bit interested in balboa you should give it a try!