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
On Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, 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 11 October (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).
Just a reminder that, due to our venues being used for the Fringe Festival, the regular Tuesday Night Spoonful weekly Blues classes will return on Tuesday 1 September and we’ll be back with Shoe Swing at the Counting House on Wednesday 2 September.
For those of you still in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, keep an eye on the Facebook groups for last minute updates and dancing opportunities.
Thanks to dance enthusiasts Ellen and Rob, we’ll be at Inch Park Community Sports Club, 227 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UD for some dancing fun from 6:30pm on Wednesday 5 August. It’s only £3 for hours of dancing, so come along!
More details are available on Facebook.
See you again in September!
Tuesdays 17.30 – 18.30
A bright, airy space with mirrors, music, wifi, and a perfect floor for self-guided practice – at a snip at just £2.50.
Whether you’ve just been to your very first lesson and want to work on telling your left foot from your right, or you have just learned a fancy new variation and want to check whether it looks elegant or more like you’re falling over – come along to this self-guided practice session for all levels!
Please note that while you can ask fellow attendees for feedback, no one attending will be in an official teaching capacity and this is not a class. It is also not a social dance, but rather an open space to practise specific things and give each other constructive feedback, if desired.
We encourage you to find your own practice partner (or several) and come with things to practise in mind – something you struggled with in a class or something cool you saw on youtube. If you’re feeling brave, you could even video yourself dancing!
The music will be suitable for practising Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz/Charleston, but may also be suitable for Balboa. Speed and style will depend on attendees, and you are welcome to bring your own music.
In addition to classes and social dancing, self-guided practice is one of the best ways to develop and take charge of your dancing, so come along and give it a go!
In May, we’re keeping it extra fresh with a new blues pairing of Sigga and James and on Tues 19 May – all the way from Philadelphia – we have guest teacher and DJ Emiliano Estevez.
Emiliano has a background in Lindy Hop, Blues, Hip-Hop, House, Tango, and a host of movements from many other genres. He has been dancing since late 2000 and continues to add new ideas and movements to his style. He has taught classes all over the world, including Paris, Zurich, Montreal, Seattle, Austin, and in his home-town, Philadelphia.
Emiliano DJs at many events nationally and internationally providing a groovy flavour of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He believes that a diverse set will challenge the dancers and make sure that they are listening with their minds and bodies. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organisation created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow.
The drop-in class on 19 May will follow the regular format (Foundations 7pm, Intermediate/Adv 8pm) and will have a distinctly fusion flavour.
During June and July, we will be running a new block of Balboa Fundamentals classes!
As usual, these start at 8pm with a 15 minute warmup to give the lindy beginners time to change rooms, followed by an hour of class. The material is suitable for total beginners as well as people who have been coming for a while. The two month block will be progressive and students are encouraged to start in the first week of June and come to classes consecutively to allow everyone to build on what they learn.
Classes will be taught by Jason and Toni in June, with Carsten and Sarah in July.
Check out this clip of Mickey and Kelly from the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend earlier this year for inspiration.
There’s nothing better than putting on your Sunday best and swinging out in the sunshine! With our lovely Scottish weather, it’s not something we can plan in advance so keep an eye on our Facebook page for last minute opportunities!
Our neighbouring scene in Glasgow has something new on the go – Shag Sundays!
For those of you who are at an improver / intermediate level and above in Collegiate Shag, take a short train ride to Glasgow for these 2-hour classes once a month. You should have an strong command of 6-count double time Shag basic footwork and you should have a reasonable amount of social dance experience with Shag.
All classes will take place in the function room at the Rum Shack, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, followed by a live band for an opportunity to social dance. The next classes are at 2-4pm on the following dates:
– 19 April
– 3 May
– 28 June
– 26 July
– 9 August
How to Book:
Option 1) Book a 6-class block – £35 (best value). Even if you miss 1 of the classes, you will STILL be paying less than if paying for individual classes.
Option 2) Pay per class – £8. This will give you the flexibility to drop-in when you can.
Want to see more of this crazy, fun dance? Check out Stephen & Chandrae’s performance here:
If you are looking for Beginner Shag classes, you can also attend a mixed level Shag class on Fridays at 8pm, Dance HQ, 411 White Studios, Templeton on the Green, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1D.
Some of Scotland’s best dancers, Paul and Christi, are running one final Advanced Lindy Hop Class before they move away to Switzerland. Don’t miss this last chance to learn some dazzling moves, style and technique from these brilliant teachers!
2 – 5pm Advanced Class
7 – 10pm Social Dance
- When: Sunday 12 April 2015
- Where: Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB
- How much:
Class: £7 / £5 students
Class & Dance: £10 / £7 students
Social Dance Only: £5 / £3 students
No need to register in advance – it’s a drop-in class, so just roll up.
If you’re not able to attend the classes, feel free to just come along to the social dance in the evening – you’ll be able to pay on the door.
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!