Collegiate Shag News

Edinbop’s All-Dances August

Edinbop is taking over the LifeCare Centre again this August! Every Thursday in August we’ll have one all-levels class (7.30–8.30pm) followed by an all-dances social dance (8.30–10.15pm) where our talented local DJs will play music for all of the dance styles that we do here at Edinbop: Blues, Balboa, Slow Bal, Solo Jazz, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and St Louis shag.

The all-levels class is suitable for any level of blues/swing dancer, whether you’re completely new or you’ve been dancing for years. All classes are drop-in and all are welcome; no partner necessary. See our calendar for more details.

Monday Nights – Shag Takeover

Edinbop is pleased to announce a Collegiate Shag takeover of Monday nights!

For the month of February, Monday nights are being shaken up a little with Collegiate Shag classes from Rebecca, Adam, and Murray – some of the best Shag dancers in Scotland.

Lessons will be flipped around from their usual schedule, meaning that Fundamentals starts at 7pm, and Improvers will begin at 8pm. Improvers will follow on directly from the Fundamentals lesson – meaning anyone who attends the Fundamentals class is welcome to jump in and give it a try.


Boteco do Brasil, Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB.


One dance class – £6 // £5 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 // £8 concessions


9pm – 10pm, with music suitable for Balboa, Shag, and other fast swing dances.
£3, or included in the price of a class.

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.

Edinbop Swings the Fringe!

Edinbop Swings the Fringe is back for a second year, and this time we’ll be at Stockbridge House/LifeCare Centre (with thanks to our friends at ESDS for loaning us their usual venue).

Every week for the month of August we will have a 1 hour lesson followed by 1.5 hours of social dancing. We will be offering classes in different styles of dance each week, so check out our events page or Facebook to see what we will be covering!

7:30pm-8:30pm: Class
8:30-10:00pm: Social Dancing

Join us!

Please note: our usual weekly classes are taking a break over August and will start back up again in September.

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

Shag Sundays!

Our neighbouring scene in Glasgow has something new on the go – Shag Sundays!

For those of you who are at an improver / intermediate level and above in Collegiate Shag, take a short train ride to Glasgow for these 2-hour classes once a month. You should have an strong command of 6-count double time Shag basic footwork and you should have a reasonable amount of social dance experience with Shag.

All classes will take place in the function room at the Rum Shack, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, followed by a live band for an opportunity to social dance. The next classes are at 2-4pm on the following dates:
– 19 April
– 3 May
– 28 June
– 26 July
– 9 August

How to Book:
Option 1)
Book a 6-class block – £35 (best value). Even if you miss 1 of the classes, you will STILL be paying less than if paying for individual classes.
Option 2) Pay per class – £8. This will give you the flexibility to drop-in when you can.

Book your place today!

Want to see more of this crazy, fun dance? Check out Stephen & Chandrae’s performance here:

If you are looking for Beginner Shag classes, you can also attend a mixed level Shag class on Fridays at 8pm, Dance HQ, 411 White Studios, Templeton on the Green, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1D.