Blues classes with a special guest…


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.

Term dates – Fringe Festival break


Our last classes for this term are 22nd July for Blues, 23rd July for Lindy (<- cabaret night!) BUT we’re back at the usual times and venues after a month break for the Fringe Festival on the 2nd/3rd September.

Don’t forget to check out some of the awesome live acts at Edinburgh’s Jazz and Blues Festival (July 18-27) and stay posted to the Edinbop Facebook page for last minute Fringe outings!

Shoes for Swing Dancing


We’ve had a few questions lately on what types of shoes work best for swing dancing, so here’s a few recommendations!

If you’re a new dancer coming to your first lessons, any smooth-soled, flat shoes will be perfect. Make sure they won’t slip off your feet on the dancefloor – ones that lace up are ideal.

If you’ve been dancing for a while, you might be looking at investing in some specific dancing shoes. Some dancers prefer suede soles and others like leather soles – this helps us glide on wooden floors in dance halls, means we can pivot, and saves our knees from a lot of potential pain!

For Lindy Hop, we recommend wearing flat soles to allow for the athletic movements and high pace. For Balboa followers, you may find wearing heels will help to give you the perfect position to shuffle away all night!

Some people buy ordinary shoes and then get the soles sueded – there is a locksmiths on South Clerk Street (almost opposite Sainsburys) that Edinburgh dancers often go to.

Alternatively, you may want to buy shoes already designed for dancing, such as Aris Allens or Bleyer. There are a few websites where you can buy swing dance shoes listed below, but always make sure you do some research into the fit before ordering them:


Social dancing in the meadows – 8 June


This weekend is the Meadows Festival so come along and show off what Edinbop are all about with some public dancing and sharing the love with potential new dancers – whatever the weather!

ALL DANCERS ARE WELCOME to take part in a little social dancing – NO PREPARATION NECESSARY!

We’ll play a few tracks to get you set for lindy, balboa and blues – so there will be something for everyone. We’ll be dancing on grass and/or the pavement so you don’t need your best dance shoes!

Meeting point will be 1:45pm on Middle Meadow Walk, on the grass opposite Peter’s Yard. At 2pm, we may move to another spot closeby so don’t be late or you’ll miss us!

We’ll be done by 3pm so you can enjoy the rest of this awesome Festival (and find live bands for MORE dancing!):

Join/see any updates here

Tuesday Night Spoonful – blues prices


Some of you may have already seen in the newsletter that, prices will be increasing from June 2014.

Edinbop is committed to providing access to quality swing dancing classes and nights of social dancing for everyone, and as a result we aim to make our prices as low as possible.

However, due to a rather steep 50% increase in rent for our Wednesday night venue, we have reluctantly come to the difficult decision of increasing the prices for the first time in a number of years and this includes the Tuesday Spoonful.

To keep the impact to you as low as possible, the price of classes will now just automatically include social dancing and the cost of social dancing alone will increase to £3. The new prices for The Tuesday Spoonful will apply from June 2014 and are shown below:

1 class (includes social dancing): £6.50 // £5.50 student
2 classes (includes social dancing): £10 // £8 student
Social only: £3

If there’s anything you want to know about the Edinbop finances or the changes, please collar one of the committee members for a chat or email

Shell & Leigh teaching blues in May!


The unstoppable Shell Davies is back at the Newsroom in May, and she and Leigh will be bringing you a very chilled out class on Tuesday for those recovering from Livin’ the Blues. If you haven’t already booked your ticket to this HA-mazing weekend (1-5 May), get online, grab your pass and join us on the train to Inverness! (Tickets to Saturday’s full day of live music and a few full passes still available – but not for long!)

Join us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the blues news.

Blues News


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!

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.


Edinbop’s Big Music Day – 12 April – Bookings now open!


Edinbop are pleased to announce that BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN for the Big Music Day with Glenn Crytzer!

Extra places have been added for the workshop! Book here


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

Styling workshop with Helen Cheney – 8 Feb 2014


International dance teacher, Helen Cheney, is running 2 hour workshop on improving body awareness and styling for lindy hop and blues dancers. The space will have mirrors so we can get a better feel for how our bodies move and the shapes we’re making.

Improving style leads to:
Better dancing posture (less aches and pains)
Looking and feeling better on the dance floor
Improving lead and follow
Better flow in your dancing

This will be primarily targeted at follow styling, however leads are welcome to join.

£12 or £10 students

Register at

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Venue change for Blues – 14 Jan only


The Newsroom is doing some essential maintenance this week so we’re going to see our friends at ‘The Wash Bar’ on the Mound (11-13 N Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP). Find us in the ground floor bar for FREE beginners class at 7pm, improvers at 8pm, followed by social dancing till 11pm with Shell and Leigh.