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

 

Social dancing in the meadows – 8 June

06.03.14

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!): http://www.meadowsfestival.org/

Join/see any updates here

Tuesday Night Spoonful – blues prices

06.03.14

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 info@edinbop.co.uk.

Shell & Leigh teaching blues in May!

04.30.14

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

03.03.14

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/

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