Blues News

We’re back from our summer break!

Our usual weekly dancing has started up again in September, with our range of foundation and improver dance classes and social dancing. Here’s what we have on:

MONDAYS – Balboa
Boteco Do Brasil, 47 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB
7-8pm Balboa Improvers+
8-9pm Balboa Fundamentals
9-10pm Social dancing

TUESDAYS – Blues
The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith St, EH1 3AT
7-8pm Blues Foundations
8-9pm Blues Improvers+
9-11pm Social dancing

WEDNESDAYS – Lindy Hop
Summerhall, EH9 1PL
7-8pm Lindy Hop Foundations
8-9pm Lindy Hop Improvers+ (plus practice room)
9-11pm Social dancing

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Our classes are always drop-in so you can come along at any time. If you’ve been taking a break over the summer we’re looking forward to having you back, and if you’re new to dancing then we’d love to see you this week!


Summer Break

Edinbop’s regular lessons have finished for the summer to make way for the festival. They will start back up again in the first week of September.

Don’t worry – we’ve got your dancing fix covered in the meantime! We have taken over ESDS’s usual haunt, Stockbridge House, and are putting on weekly lessons on Thursdays nights throughout August, as well as 1.5 hours of social dancing. The lessons will feature a variety of dance styles – please visit our Events page to see what’s on this week, or keep up-to-date with us on Facebook.


Christmas Break… returning in 2018

We are now on a Christmas break for classes and socials but don’t worry we will back and swinging in the new year.

Classes and social dancing will return in January  – that’s Monday 15th for Balboa, Tuesday 9th for Blues and Wednesday 11th  for Lindy Hop.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for confirmed 2018 start dates, and for any dancing opportunities over the holidays.


Edinbop’s 10th Anniversary

Edinbop has a night of celebration and dancing planned.

Bookings are now open.

Come early and join us all for a curry dinner catered for by local charity Punjabi Junction (optional) from 8pm. BYO beer and wine.

Then dance the night away from 9pm with live music from Ali Affleck & Gin Mill Genies who will do 3 sets, including treat us into some late night blues from Midnight, and a great line up of DJs. We may have a few other suprises install.


Edinbop swings the fringe

Hey folks!
Now normally we are out with no dancing during August. However, this year we are going to be dancing on Mondays in the basement at Boteco Do Brazil (brazilian place across from Bristo Square).
We have a program of taster classes of four different dance styles and social dancing, a different one every week!

All for only £5 for the taster+social or £3 social only

7th of August: Balboa Week
Balboa taster 7-8pm
Fast swing social 8-10pm

14th of August: Blues Week
Blues taster 7-8pm
Blues social 8-10pm

21st of August: Shag Week with visiting teacher Aila Floyd!
Shag taster 7-8pm
Fast swing social into blues 8-late (wooo!)

28th of August: Lindy hop Week
Lindy hop taster 7-8pm
Fast swing social 8-10pm

NB: The fast swing socials welcome all swing dancing that’s happy with the faster tempos, balboa, shag, charleston even fast lindy if your floorcraft is excellent


Edinbop’s got Blues Fever in February!

Edinbop/EUSDS are running a BEGINNERS BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP on Sunday 12 Feb. This workshop is open to EVERYONE, whether you’ve never danced a step in your life, or you’re a dancer who wants to try something new, or you’re familiar with blues and want to brush up your foundations.

WHAT IS BLUES DANCING?
Blues is a beautiful vintage partner dance, characterised by dynamic, expressive, connected movement. It looks a bit like this: https://youtu.be/xYtf5Tfdi_w
 
WHEN, WHERE and HOW MUCH?
Sunday 12 February, noon-3pm
Quaker Meeting Room (off the Pleasance Courtyard)
£15 for non-students //£10 for students
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Edinbop are very excited to bring the amazingly talented Noemí Blue from Barcelona for a full day focusing on…. YOU! It’s solo dancing all the way, baby!
WHEN, WHERE and HOW MUCH?
Saturday 18 February, noon-5.30pm at Stockbridge House.
Yoga for Blues Dancers (free if attending other classes)
Belly Dancing for Blues Dancers (2 classes + party: £25)
Solo Blues (2 classes + party: £25)
BLUES AFTERPARTY with live music from Ali Affleck Blues Quartet, feat. Colin Steele
* Price for whole workshop + party: £35
* Price for party only £10
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FREE FOUNDATIONS CLASSES IN FEBRUARY
AND… Attendees of either workshop get free Foundations classes throughout February at the The Tuesday Night Spoonful; Edinbop’s weekly blues class! (Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm @ The Newsroom, Leith Street)

Christmas Break

Merry Christmas everyone! We are now on a our christmas break from classes – but never fear we will back and swinging in the new year.

Lindy hop and Shoe Swing social starts back up again – Wednesday 4th January.

Blues classes and The Tuesday Night Spoonful are back from the Tuesday 10th January

Balboa classes at The Monday Shuffle is back in the new year at our new venue Boteco Do Brasil from Monday 9th January.

 


Blues News November

We have a host of teachers all excited to bring you some Tuesday night blues this month:

Local heroes Shell & Rosie will be getting their blues on (teaching together for the first time!) on 8 and 22 November. Leigh & Seb will be seeing out the month on 29th.

AND…returning on 15 November, international dance instructor and Tuesday Spoonful favourite – Reeva Bradley – is back for another special night of classes (with the same timings and prices as usual)! Reeva will also be DJing from 9-11pm – come get your blues on!

 


Edinbop AGM 2016

On Wednesday 30 November, we’re holding the Edinbop AGM at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

What is the AGM?

The AGM is your chance to find out what’s been going on behind the scenes for the past year, have your say about what you want to see in the Edinburgh’s swing dancing scene next year, and vote on next year’s Committee members.

The exact timing of the night is still TBC, but last year the AGM was a record-breaking 30 minutes thanks to Edinbop Chair Sigga’s incredible skills! Social dancing will follow as usual.

Give your views

We’re currently running a survey to find out more about our dancers and what it is you want to see in the scene throughout 2017 – results will be shared at the AGM.

To complete the survey, please visit: http://www.sogosurvey.com/k/RQsSPPTTsSsPsPsP

Volunteer or join the Committee

Whether you’ve only just fallen in love with swing dancing or are a veteran in the scene, we need your ideas, opinions and skills to help Edinburgh’s scene swinging.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for specific events or, if you have more time to dedicate, you could join the Committee.

Roles on the Edinbop Committee include:
– Management Committee (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary)
– Teacher Coordinators
– DJ Coordinators
– Newsletter Coordinators
– Event Coordinators

If you’re curious and want to find out more, to nominate yourself or another person, or to register yourself as a volunteer for events, please send us an email: info@edinbop.co.uk.

All nominations for the Committee must be received by Monday 28 November.

New Committee Members will be elected at the AGM.

On the night

Just bring yourself and your dance shoes! Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event page.

We hope to see you there!