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.

New year classes… plus special guest Cat Foley


The Tuesday Night Spoonful Blues will return after the Christmas break on the 7th Jan, and sees the return of the unstoppable Shell Davies with 2 weeks of special classes.

Shoeswing classes will return Wednesday 8 January. Lee and Seema Paterson will be teaching throughout January so come along for some great classes!

AND the last week of January is Cabaret week and we have international teacher, Cat Foley, taking over! Cat will be teaching a special blues class at the Tuesday Night Spoonful on 28 Jan. On Cabaret night (Weds 29) she’ll teach lindy hop beginners at 7pm, and a performance class for the improvers at 8pm (which will be of special interest to anyone performing that night!). Cat also has a surprise routine for us in the cabaret!


Final blues class of 2013 with Andrew Smith! – 17/12/13


Attention all blues dancers and potential blues dancers! This Tuesday (17th Dec), international teacher -Andrew Smith- will be joining the Tuesday Night Spoonful to teach both the beginners (7pm) and Intermediate (8pm) blues classes. It’s our last class this year and DJ Craig will be taking us out with a bang with 2 hours of social dancing from 9pm. You do not want to miss this so head on down to The Newsroom (Leith Street)! Find out more about Andrew here:

Blues Classes – November


The fabulous Leigh Anderson and Craig Thomson will be teaching Blues classes every Tuesday during November.

Come on down to the Newsroom on Leith Street for classes and lovely social dances.

Edinbop AGM and dance with live band – 1st December


This year we’ve got any extra special treat for you at our annual general meeting, we will making it a sunday afternoon dance and better yet we have a live band for you to dance to.

We are happy to announce the  New Phoenix Jazz Band will be playing their swinging tunes for us. You don’t want to miss out this opportunity. Edinbop will be subsidising the event to encourage you to come to the AGM.


Sunday 1st December – 1pm – 5pm


Cafe Camino Hall

1, Little King Street


£2 if you attend the AGM at 1pm and fill out our survey :)

£5 otherwise.

Pay on the door.



Blues in October


A dream team – come get your blues moves on with the superb Sebastian, Lauren and Helen during October.
Classes as usual on Tuesday evenings at the Newsroom on Leith Street.

More details here

Dance workshops and socials. Too much fun?


Awesome workshops & events nearby

September 2013: Helen Cheney’s Solo Charleston & Jazz Course, Edinburgh
September 2013: Balboa Gathering, Newcastle
October 2013: Stompin at Summerhall, Edinburgh
October 2013: Balboa Brunch, Edinburgh (Sat 26th)
October 2013:  European Swing Dance Championships, London
November 2013: Viking Swing, Edinburgh
November 2013: Winter Swing Weekend, Edinburgh
November 2013: Blues Baby Blues, London
January 2014: DJam, Durham
Feb 2014: Edinburgh Balboa Weekend
May 2014: Livin’ the Blues, Scotland!
May 2014: Edinburgh Balboa Exchange

And a little further away…

October 2013: Berlin Blues Explosion
October 2013: LindyShock, Budapest
November 2013: Dragon Swing, Kraków, Poland
December 2013: The AWESOME Snowball in Sweden
January 2013: Lindy Hops the Atlantic, Copenhagen
February 2014: Winter Jump, Oslo
February 2014: Leapin’ Lindy, Bern
April 2014: Prague Blues Exchange