Blues News

08.31.15

Weekly classes

We’re back at the Newsroom from 7pm, Tuesday 1 Sept with Carolyn & Julie. These gals will be making our heads spin (or not!) with lots of turns. Then Erin & Carolyn will be bringing us plenty of “cool stuff” for the rest of the month. Huzzah!

 

Save the date: October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!

The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time! And it’s as free/cheap as we can possibly make it. Dance parties, socialising, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). Join the FB event to keep up to date!

Weekly classes return in September

08.04.15

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!

May Blues… with a special guest

05.12.15

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.

Summer’s coming…. and maybe some outdoor dancing…

05.12.15

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!

Local Winter Dancing

11.12.14

Edinburgh’s getting cold – all the more reason to get moving and keep warm! Along with our AGM, here’s a few Christmas-themed events in Edinburgh that you won’t want to miss…


Edinburgh Swing Ball
Friday 28 November, from 7pm til late!
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
In collaboration with the Edinburgh swing scene, Swing Patrol are bringing you an incredible night of dancing, live music from Down for the Count, and general vintage merriment. We start the night with a fun beginner-friendly lesson so even if you have never danced before you’ll be swinging away by the end of the night. It’s also a great chance to meet the other dancers from around your community, so don’t be shy, ask someone for a dance!

£25 in advance, £15 students, blues after-party included
Book in advance to secure your place!
Registration is open until Friday 28 November 2014 at 6:00pm

 


Edinburgh Balboa Brunch
Saturday 29 November, 11am – 3pm
Wash Bar, The Mound, 11 – 13 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP
If you enjoyed your night at the Swing Ball, come along to the lovely Balboa Brunch for more! 4 hours of fantastic big band and Swing music to dance Balboa to. This is a friendly lunchtime event with great DJ music, lovely people to chat, and drink and food available for purchase. Come for half an hour or for four, as you like!

£1 donation, goes to bar staff

 


Lindy Hop Workshop for (int-adv) keen beans
Saturday 29 November, 2pm – 6pm
Ochil Room, Salisbury Building, The Pleasance, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
The wonderful Katharina Rüberg and Thom Scott-Phillips are holding a workshop for Intermediate / Advanced dancers that will take you to the next level!

3 ½ hours of instruction and personal feedback with a half-hour break/practice time. This workshop is for you if:

  • you’ve been dancing for a year or longer.
  • you’ve made the past year count – with lots of social dancing, classes, and travelling – perhaps even performing, competing, or private lessons!
  • you don’t think technique and fun are opposed – in fact, you believe better technique allows you to express your ideas more clearly and ultimately have more fun!
  • you are not afraid to work hard!
  • you know that there are different approaches to Lindy Hop, and you are open to trying them all
  • you’re happiest after classes that make both your mind and body ache…

£15 (only £10 for students and paid-up EUSDS members)
Please find a partner of the opposite role to sign up with. You may sign up as a single dancer but we want to keep it small and fairly balanced so it is unlikely you will get a space if you are a follower!
Send an email with your name and the name of your partner to thom.swing@gmail.com to register.

 


The EUSDS Snowball
Saturday 29 November, 7pm – 2am
Teviot Study, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
To complete your action-packed weekend of dancing, the EUSDS are hosting their ever-splendid annual Snowball! Come and dance the night away in your tackiest, ugliest, and thought-to-be-forgotten Christmas attire (ranging from jumpers to wearable reindeer antlers) and enjoy the cool sounds of some great DJs and also the live offerings of a EUJO quartet.

There will also be a Blues Dance Taster Class, allowing you to try out another style of dancing related to Lindy Hop (and just as fun, certainly when you just can’t muster the energy to dance the full version of “Sing, Sing, Sing” at midnight). And we’ll inevitably dip into some Blues music to wind down the night’s festivities, so you can even try out what you learn on the night.

£7 standard / £5 students

 


Edinburgh Balboa Brunch
Saturday 13 December, 11am – 3pm
Wash Bar, The Mound, 11 – 13 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP
Another chance to dance at the Balboa Brunch – 4 hours of the friendly lunchtime event with great DJ music, lovely people to chat, and drink and food available for purchase. Come for half an hour or for four, as you like!

£1 donation, goes to bar staff

 


Jump Time Jingle Ball
Sunday 14 December, 7pm – 23pm
The Merlin, 168 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4PU
Lee and Seema’s awesome annual Jingle Ball is back! Don’t forget, if you arrive between 7-8pm, you can win a fantastic prize in the free early Robin raffle!
If this don’t jingle your bells, you’re scrooged man!

£4, pay on the door

 

 

Swing Ball Edinburgh, Fri Nov 28 – tickets on sale now!

10.29.14

Come and have a dance at one of the biggest vintage nights in Edinburgh!

This is a proper Swing Ball where you step out in style. One of Edinburgh’s stunning dance halls, a live swing band and everyone dressed up in swinging style… this is a night to impress.

In collaboration with the Edinburgh swing scene, Swing Patrol are bringing you an incredible night of dancing, live music from Down for the Count, and general vintage merriment. We start the night with a fun beginner-friendly lesson so even if you have never danced before you’ll be swinging away by the end of the night. It’s also a great chance to meet the other dancers from around your community, so don’t be shy, ask someone for a dance!

Join us at the Edinburgh Swing Ball for:

    A beginner-friendly dance lesson starting at 7:15pm
    Live swing music from “Down for the Count”
    Floor show
    Feature performance by Johnny Setlist
    Fun and friendly competitions with exciting prizes
    A chance to get some professional photographs of yourselves all dressed up!

The evening will be hosted by Scott Cupit from Swing Patrol who recently featured on Dragons’ Den.

November 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
£25 in advance, £15 students
Booking is now open for this event. Registration is open until: Friday 28 November 2014 at 6:00pm

November Blues

10.29.14

Straight back from placing in comps in Berlin and Barcelona, Leigh will be teaching with Seb for the whole of November. We don’t know what they’ll be teaching yet, but we’re sure it’ll be pretty sweet.

Blues news from the rest of Scotland; Andrew Smith is teaching in Glasgow on 30 October AND Dundee on the 4th November.

Mike and Ruth are teaching a workshop weekend in St Andrews 21-23 November.

So much blues on our doorstep!

AND , Edinburgh will be the scene for one of the biggest blues festivals in Europe next summer -The Spoonful – with 4 nights of parties and 3 days of workshops with some of your favourite international teachers. Tickets will go on sale shortly so mark your calendar, join the FB group and check out the website to make sure you don’t miss out!

Blues classes with a special guest…

10.02.14

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

07.16.14

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

06.05.14

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:
www.swingdanceuk.com
www.revival-retro.com
www.bleyershoes.com