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
Sebastian returns to the Tuesday Night Spoonful, and the onerous task of keeping him in line this month falls to Julie Rodor – it may be “dangerous”! We’ll be at the Newsroom (Leith St) at the regular times of 7pm (Beginners), 8pm (Improvers), and 9-11pm social dancing.
We also have 2 fantastic events on our doorstep in the next few months, with registrations open now!
Livin’ the Blues (May 1-5) – Scotland’s travelling not-for-profit Blues dancing festival is in the jewel of the Highlands in 2014! With spots still available and an incredible and unmissable line up of teachers and attendees, you’d be crazy not to go! Inverness – it’s closer than you think! http://www.livintheblues.co.uk/
Bluez Cruize (July 11-13) – This is one blues dance exchange not to be missed! Featuring a couple of boats, live music every night including Dan Nash, amazing parties and more. In it’s third year, organised by the founder Helen Cheney, Leigh Anderson and Erin Maguire, so triple the goodness! It’s a small and brilliant event so book early to avoid disappointment. http://www.bluezcruize.co.uk/
Edinbop are very excited to welcome Mirjam and Freddie from Sweden for an Easter weekend workshop.
Saturday 19 April
- 10:30 – 17:30 Balboa classes with Freddie and Edinburgh’s own Christi Rankin
- 10:30 – 17:30 Beginner’s Lindy Hop with Mirjam and Edinbop’s Jack Lavender
- Evening Dance – Easter Bunny Hop!
Sunday 20 April
10:30 – 14:30 Improvers / Intermediate Lindy with Freddie and Mirjam
14:30 – 17:30 Easter Tea Dance – with Polish Vodka and Easter Eggs aplenty (eating and painting!)
Venues: Columcile Centre, Newbattle Terrace, Morningside. Beginner’s Lindy on Saturday at Eric Liddell Centre, Holy Corner.
Tickets will be subsidised by Edinbop and prices will be announced shortly. Bookings will open very soon – watch this space!
To keep up to date with the latest details, join the Facebook event page here
Check out Mirjam and Freddie in action: Mirjam and Freddie dancing at Snowball 2013
Where: The Merlin, 168/172 Morningside Road, EH10 4PU
What Time: 7 ‘til 11pm
How Much: Only £4 – pay on the door
See you there!
Saturday 5th April
Saturday 26th April
The Edinburgh Balboa Brunches are monthly social dance events. They take place on a Saturday at the Wash Bar on The Mound from 11am to 3pm. We will play 4 hours of fabulous swing music to dance to, there will be plenty of lovely people to have a chat with, and there is food and drink available for purchase. All are welcome, but you should ideally know some Balboa basics, as there will be no teaching. Come along for some happy shuffling, be it for half an hour or all four. It is a great way to start your Saturday! £1 donation (goes to bar staff).
If you have never tried Balboa before, please come along to Edinbop’s weekly Balboa classes on Wednesday nights at the Counting House. The beginners’ class starts at 8pm. Give this fantastic form of smooth, yet fast Swing dancing from the 1920s and 30s, a try!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn Balboa or ever wanted to improve this is an opportunity not to be missed….!!
Christi Rankin is a well-known Lindy Hop and Balboa instructor, teaching across the UK and Europe. She has a Masters in Dance Studies and is a former UK Lindy Hop Champion, dance coach on BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever, and co-founder of the London Balboa Festival.
Starts Wednesday, 5th March at 7pm for intermediate lessons and 8pm for beginners at the Counting House!
Edinbop are pleased to announce that BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN for the Big Music Day with Glenn Crytzer!
Places are strictly limited for the workshop with Glenn so get online now to avoid missing out! http://bigmusicday.dancecamps.org/booking.php
Saturday 12 April 2014 is Edinbop’s Big Music Day:
~ Understanding the music with the one and only Glenn Crytzer; one of the swing scene’s foremost bandleaders (11am-5pm)
“This workshop will give you a foundation in the music, an understanding of the history and different styles, and tools you can use to help you listen more carefully and delve more deeply into the music. Opening up your ears steps your dancing up a level – instantly.” (Glenn)
~ And of course there will be a night of dancing (8pm – late) – featuring for the first time a live BATTLE OF THE BANDS with The New Pheonix Jazz Band vs. The Maid of the Forth Stompers!!! Let’s get our dancing shoes on!~
Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (non-student) – £25
Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (student) – £20
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought in advance) – £12
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought on the door) – £15
For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/623722927690624/
2014 and nothin’ shakin’?? Well that’s about to change! If you dig my lick then peel those ears and get it – JUMP TIME IS BACK!!!
That’s right Jump Time Cat’s and Kittens, this is really gonna turn your crank. It’s time to dim the Edisons warm up your pedal extremities and swing out on a solid slab of sound. If diggin’ the bop kick with the Blowtops don’t grab your magoo, then take a flop with the Ickie’s rest your creepers and fixate your peepers on our hopped up movies on the big screen. Get here between 7 and 8 and we’ll even enter you in our free early bird raffle that’s drawn at 8. Don’t vip another vop – if it’s hopped-up, solid-sent and swingin’ like a gate it must be Lee & Seema’s JUMP TIME!!
When: Sunday 9 February Where: The Merlin, 168/172 Morningside Road, EH10 4PU What Time: 7 ‘til 11pm How Much: STILL ONLY £4 – pay on the door
For those of you who would like to expand your dancing vocabulary with some more challenging moves and refine your technique, Paul and Christi are running Advanced Lindy Hop classes. These take place on the first Saturday of every month and the next class is 1 March.
Time & date: 2 -5 pm, Sat 1 March, 5 April, 3 May
Venue: The Calton Centre, Montgomery St, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP
Price: £6/£4 (students) – an absolute bargain for 3 hours of world class teaching!
See Facebook for more info or contact christidotrankinatgmaildotcom
Cabaret on the 29th Jan was a huge success! With fantastic acts and a brilliant turn out. A big thanks goes out to all those who took part on the night:
Rafael, Sigga, Martyn, Paul and Christi’s Performance group, Yana, Johnny Setlist, Jenny Jukebox, The EUSDS Mess Around, Crazy Legs, Lenny Love for DJing, and a special thanks to Cat Foley for performing and teaching some fun classes too.
Jenny Jukebox has very nicely made some videos of the cabaret available here for your watching pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVt3GYbRn33DTkiCkq0G5iCqp-WLKuVRZ
Can’t wait to see you again for another brill cabaret next year!
You gotta be fast to get a space with the Intermediate Lindy course – but never fear – there will be another 6 week course later in the year… keep your eyes peeled!