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!

Beginners Weekend Workshop – October 2015

08.30.15

On Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, we’re holding a Beginners Weekend Workshop at the Counting House. This workshop with Bryony and Craig will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves! (And at a good price too – only £25 / £20 for students!)

An ideal way to build those solid basics and confidence to get on the dancefloor. Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about learning to lead when you usually follow, or vice versa, now is your chance!

There will also be a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 11 October (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).

See who else is going on the Facebook event and book your place today!

 

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!

Shag Sundays!

04.05.15

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.

Advanced Lindy Hop with Paul and Christi

04.05.15

Some of Scotland’s best dancers, Paul and Christi, are running one final Advanced Lindy Hop Class before they move away to Switzerland. Don’t miss this last chance to learn some dazzling moves, style and technique from these brilliant teachers!

  • What:
    2 – 5pm Advanced Class
    7 – 10pm Social Dance
  • When: Sunday 12 April 2015
  • Where: Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB

  • How much:
    Class: £7 / £5 students
    Class & Dance: £10 / £7 students
    Social Dance Only: £5 / £3 students

No need to register in advance – it’s a drop-in class, so just roll up.

If you’re not able to attend the classes, feel free to just come along to the social dance in the evening – you’ll be able to pay on the door.

Shoe Swing Live Band Night featuring The Foo Birds

03.22.15

You asked for more live music, and we are only too happy to oblige!

The Foo Birds will return for the social dance on the 15th April. The price for the social is as normal (£3), but if you want to show your appreciation for live music, there will be a tip jar for a suggested donation of £3 that will go directly to our lovely band.

All classes will run as normal:

Main Room
7pm-8pm Beginners Lindy Hop
8pm-9pm Improvers Lindy Hop
9pm-11pm Social dancing with the Foo Birds

Second Room
7pm-8pm Improvers Balboa
8pm-9pm Beginners Balboa

Prices
One dance class – £5.50 / £4.50 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 / £8 concessions
Social dancing – £3 (What a bargain!) Free if you take a class

Beginners Weekend Tea Dance

03.19.15

This Sunday 22nd March, 3-5 pm, The Counting House 

Free for Beginners Workshop attendees, £3 for everyone else

Two hours of tea, cake, chat, and easy-going, swinging jazz to ease our new Lindy Hoppers into social dancing.

Experienced dancers welcome – but go easy on the flashy moves, ask a beginner to dance, and don’t overexert yourself – it is a Sunday after all!

If you happen to be a keen baker, additions to our cake stash are very welcome!

Beginners Weekend Workshop

02.16.15

On Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March, we’re holding a Beginners Weekend Workshop at the Counting House. This workshop with Bryony and Craig will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves! (And at a good price too – only £25 / £20 for students!)

An ideal way to build those solid basics and confidence to get on the dancefloor. Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about learning to lead when you usually follow, or vice versa, now is your chance!

There will also be a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 22 March (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).

See who else is going on the Facebook event and book your place today!

This is event is now fully booked. Any new bookings received will be placed on a waiting list.

The Glasgow Getdown 2015

02.05.15

Our neighbouring scene over in Glasgow are inviting us to join them for The Glasgow Getdown on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June. Book your place for a full weekend dedicated in equal measures to Lindy Hop and Blues.

Showcasing some of Glasgow’s beautiful historic buildings, the event is offering 3 jam packed nights of dancing, laughing, drinking and partying in one of the most musical cities in the world – and it’s only one hour away from Edinburgh!

We’ve been promised live music from authentic Jazz and Ragtime bands blasting out our favourite classics as well as contemporary Scottish talent bringing you Blues and Swing with a twist. On top of that, there will be special vintage events and activities all weekend, including bite size tasters of Balboa and Collegiate Shag!

To register and for more info go to: http://theglasgowgetdown.com/

Don’t stop shufflin’!

02.05.15

We hope you all had an awesome time at the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend and that you’ll be heading to the next Balboa Brunch on Saturday 21 February at the Wash Bar to practice your new moves!

Our fantastic local Balboa teacher, Jason Roseweir, caught Mickey & Kelly’s amazing demo dance in this video from the Saturday night, featuring the wonderful Rose Room:

Thank you to all our inspirational teachers (Mickey, Kelly, Jason and Christi) and to everyone who volunteered their time to help make the weekend a great success!
If you have any specific feedback on the big weekend event, or would be interested in helping out with organising any future Balboa events, please do let us know by emailing info@edinbop.co.uk.

Our neighbours at Caledonian Balboa have also just opened bookings for the Edinburgh Balboa Exchange, Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May! Places are going fast, so book quickly and take advantage of the early bird discount (ends Monday 23 February).

Keep on shufflin’!