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
Do you have great ideas for swing dancing events in Edinbop that you want to see become a reality? Want to increase our public engagement, help build our new website, provide more opportunities for live music, or just keen to get involved with the day-to-day running of Edinbop?
Join the Committee, and you can make it happen!
We’re preparing for our AGM in December, so we’re looking for the most enthusiastic members of the Edinbop community to come forward.
Maybe you want to gain experience in running events, or perhaps you have skills in finance or design that could support the Edinbop community? If you know someone who’s interested in joining the Committee or want more details on how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edinbop will be subsidising the event to encourage you to come to the AGM – more details on the December event to follow soon…
The fabulous Stephen Sayer and Chanzie Roettig are coming all the way from the USA to our neighbouring scene in Glasgow to teach a weekend of collegiate shag and lindy hop!
Hosting for out of towners can be arranged with friendly Glaswegian dancers, so why not take a trip for a weekend of dancing in the West?
Book your place via DanceCloud: https://
Saturday will feature a four hour progressive workshop, introducing shag fundamentals – Steve and Chanzie style! Sunday will focus on Steve and Chanzie’s Hollywood style lindy hop. There is also the Glasgow vintage dance event, Cake Hop, on the Saturday night, in the same venue as the weekend classes, Partick Burgh Halls.
Saturday all day – £40
Saturday Class 1 Fundamentals only – £20
Sunday all day – £40
Sunday Class 1 Fundamentals only – £20
Full weekend (all classes plus Cake Hop social on Saturday night): £70
For more info, check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/820128261366282/
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a shuffle at the Wash Bar on the Mound. Come for half an hour or for four, as you like! £1 donation (goes to bar staff)
New to Balboa..? Try out our weekly classes from 8pm for beginners or brush up your skills from 7pm:
Counting House, Wednesdays (2nd Room)
8pm-8.15 Total Beginners
Shoeswing brings you a very international line-up for October’s lindy classes with Sigga and Helios! Head on down to the Counting House for 7pm (Beginners), 8pm (Improvers) and 9-11.30pm social dancing every Wednesday.
PLUS put a little extra swing in your step with our live music special on the 22nd October:
OCTOBER CLASS UPDATE: We’ll be in safe hands with Julia, Kym, Julie and Seb mixing up the classes this month. Plus special guest teacher Tristan Brightman from Bristol will be joining us on the 14th October – straight from a two month dance-tacular trip around the states – whoop! Join us at the Newsroom on Leith Street, Tuesdays from 7-11pm and join The Tuesday Night Spoonful on Facebook to stay up to date.
Saturday 4 October is the next monthly ‘not to be missed’ Advanced Lindy class with Paul and Christi.
When: Saturday 4 October, 2-5pm
Where: Calton Centre, Montgomery St (next to Easter Road)
How much: Bargain prices of £6 / £4 students – for the whole 3 hours!
Classes: opens with jazz routine for warm up and introducing new footwork; lindy hop class 1; break; lindy hop class 2
For more info and to keep up to date with future classes, join the Advanced Lindy Classes in Edinburgh Facebook group.
Looking for dancing and vintage vibes this weekend?
The Gatsby Experience event is being held in Edinburgh’s’ Grassmarket Centre on Saturday 27th September in aid of the Grassmarket Community Project.
The two-hour vintage dance class is only £5 – alternative, buy the whole Gastby Experience for just £20 and get the following:
- FREE Vintage dance lesson from 2pm to 4pm, taught by Fly Right Dance Company
- FREE glass of bubbles upon entry at 7pm
- DISCOUNTS from Grassmarket shops (upon presentation of ticket confirmation) – Godiva Boutique, Armstrongs, Hi-Jinks, HAHAHA, Just G
- 1920s-style cocktail bar
- 7-piece Jazz band with vocals: The New Phoenix Jazz Band
- 1920s style DJ spinning old 78s on a snakeskin-lined gramophone
All takings on the night will go back into helping the Grassmarket Community Project continue to undertake their work with vulnerable adults in Edinburgh.
We hope you’ve had a smashing Fringe Festival but for those who’ve been shuffling their feet, desperate to get on to the dancefloor, the time has come! Edinbop is back with a whole new session of classes THIS WEEK.
The Tuesday Night Spoonful brings you blues with Sebastian and the girl so cool, even Iceland couldn’t contain her – Sigga – from 7pm, Tuesday 02 Sept @ The Newsroom (Leith Street). Check out our Facebook group to stay up to date with all things bluesy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/249230535232132/
Wednesday 03 Sept brings you double the goodness with Balboa AND Lindy @ the Counting House from 7pm:
Balboa is back. Every Wednesday from 7pm at the Counting House. September Special: Jason and Toni. It doesn’t get any better.
Shoe Swing returns with special guests, Lee & Seema. Seema says: “Lee and I are looking forward to teaching all you Edinboppers through September. Come along to a great friendly place in Edinburgh to learn your swing skills”
Autumn is coming! What better way to keep warm than with some happy Balboa shuffling?
When: Sat 13 Sept; 11am-3pm
Where: Wash Bar on the Mound (11-13 North Bank Street, EH1 2LP
The Bal Brunch offers four hours of lovely dancing to fantastic Swing and Big Band music, with nice people to chat to and good drinks and food available for purchase. Come for half an hour or for four!
This will also be a great opportunity to warm-up for the Edinburgh Lindy Exchange.
If you need some dance inspiration, take a look at the some of the latest Balboa videos from this year’s International Lindy Hop Championships. http://youtu.be/
Although we have no classes at the Brunch, everyone is welcome to come along and have a look. If you would like to learn dancing Balboa, come to Edinbop’s classes at the Counting House every Wednesday evening. http://www.edinbop.co.uk/classes/balboa-dances/
Our regular classes might have paused for the Fringe Festival (we’ll be back on Tuesday 2 / Wednesday 3 September), but that doesn’t mean the dancing has to stop!
Escape to the Iso Bar, every Wednesday for a chilled night of getting away from the festival madness, drinks and dancing. Featuring an all-level solo jazz class at 8pm (bargain prices at £5/£3, with 50% of proceeds going to EWRASAC) followed by social dancing from 9pm-10:30pm!
And next weekend, Saturday 9 August, there’s Paul and Christi’s Lindy Boot Camp, an awesome one-day workshop and evening social dance at the Calton Centre.
You can also join us for a flash-mob swing dance at 4pm-4:30pm in Grassmarket, Sunday 10 August!
Or, if you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City, take a visit to our neighbour swing dance scene in Glasgow!
For those of you who know the basics of Collegiate Shag and want to learn more, check out this workshop on Saturday 23 August.
There’s also the legendary Cake Hop on Saturday 30 August, and then a FREE social dance the next day, Sunday 31 August!
There’s so much to see and do during the Fringe Festival, so keep an eye on the Edinbop Facebook page for last minute dancing-related Fringe outings!