With World Lindy Hop Day (WLHD) fast approaching, we are celebrating the incredible life, passion, and energy of original Lindy Hopper, Frankie Manning. Edinbop will be hosting a free social dance, with DJ sets specifically themed around the music originally played in the Savoy Ballroom.
WLHD falls on Frankie’s birthday, 26th May, and is celebrated by Lindy Hoppers worldwide to remember one of the founders of the dance we love. One thing Frankie is always remembered for was his attitude towards dancing and towards everyone he danced with. The Frankie Manning Foundation has put together a wonderful graphic promoting the values Frankie brought to Lindy Hop:
We highly recommend that our dancers dig into Lindy Hop history and read up on Frankie’s life.
Hellzapoppin’ – perhaps the best-known clip of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, from the 1941 film Hellzapoppin’. This version was recently uploaded in 1080p HD by Atillo Menéndez. Frankie can be seen wearing a mechanics outfit, dancing with Ann Johnson.
For the second year running, Rob and Ellen will be back teaching Edinbop’s Charleston Workshop – now split over two days!
Saturday the 27th April will feature the very foundations of Charleston, getting beginners feeling confident on the dance floor. Sunday the 28th April will focus on improver-level content, making the dance feel comfortable and relaxed, and improving creativity in social dances.
Learn to dance this classic swing dance over two days, going from the very basics to social dancing with confidence! This workshop with Ellen and Rob will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves (and at a good price too – £30/£25 concession for 6 hours of lessons!).
Thinking of a dance-related New Years resolution? This is the perfect opportunity to put it into practice!
Edinbop are running a Blues Beginners Workshop on the 19th January, with the wonderful Jess and Greg teaching the basics of this complex family of dances. Whether you are new to Blues or already confident, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a solid grasp of basics such as connection, and introduce fun to your dancing.
There will also be a party in the evening with live music from Cat Loud.
Ellen & Rob will be teaching the fundamental moves and technique that will have you dancing like a pro in no time! Taught over 6 hours, this workshop is perfect for those who have never been to a dance lesson, those who have done a couple of lessons and want a boost, those wanting to learn a different role, or anyone wanting to revisit the very basics.
Saturday 3rd 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 4th 12:00pm-3:00pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry St, Edinburgh
£30 / £25 concession
We’ll also be hosting a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 4 November after the workshop finishes, 3:00pm-5:00pm (included in your ticket if you attend the workshop).
Edinburgh Lindy Exchange is taking place on the weekend of 21st-23rd September – with attendees from all around Europe coming to our beautiful city to dance – and there’s some free dancing on Saturday 22nd!
Join us on the Mound, right next to the Scottish National Gallery, where we’ll be dancing outdoors to the Tenement Jazz band 1-3pm.
Before this there’s a beginner Lindy Hop class at 12:15pm taught by two of our regular teachers. Want a bit of a brush up before social dancing? Got a friend who wants to give this a try? This is the perfect time!
Check out the Facebook event for the class, and let your friends know that this is happening.
We’d love for you to join us! Let’s hope the weather holds up!
For Clean Air Day, the eastern section of George Street will be closed for a range of activities for most of Thursday 21st and some of Friday 22nd, and Edinbop have a slot for dancing 6-8pm on Thursday evening!
Absolutely anyone can turn up and join in. We’ll be running a short Lindy Hop lesson at 7pm for anyone who’d like to try it out, so even if you’ve never done it before you can come and have a go!
On the evening of Saturday 9 June Edinbop will be taking part in We Dance in Leith as part of Edinburgh Leith Festival 2018
Some of our dancers will be performing alongside other local groups, showcasing the cultural diversity of Scotland’s dancers, and there’s going to be a mini swing dance taster!
Come along for a fun evening of entertainment that promotes and supports the local artistic and music scene. And if you have friends who you think might be interested in trying lindy hop then this would be a great way to show them how fun it is!
Registrations for our next Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on are now open!
Are you brand new to the dance or been dancing for a few weeks and want to get all the fundamentals down? Or have you learned one role and want to try the other? This workshop is for you!
We’ve built this workshop around what we think are the most useful things to learn and practice for the social dancefloor. Over the weekend we’ll cover the foundational concepts and moves that, one you’ve got them safely in your muscle memory, will give you plenty to do when social dancing straight away as well as set you up to learn some of the more complex and fancier things in the future.
Come and learn with us!
When: Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July
Where: Crags Leisure Centre on Saturday, Wash Bar on Sunday
Price: £30 standard/£25 concession for 6 hours of lessons
For the whole month of June we are going to be mixing it up in the Monday Balboa slot with an array of taster classes exploring Bal’s closest dance relatives.
On the 4th June we will be slowing it way down to do some Laminu with Jamie and Katie, of EUSDS fame will be guiding us through this close hold dance.
On the 11th June we will be kicking it up a notch with Becca and Adam putting us through our paces in St. Louis Shag.
On the 18th June, Finn and Christine will be giving us a crash course in Peabody (hopefully featuring no actual crashes).
And on 25th June, Jamie and Katie will be back to introduce us to Bal-trot (at 7pm) and Swing Walk (at 8pm). Please note, some experience of balboa basics and come-arounds is recommended for Bal-trot, but no experience required for Swing Walk!
Each will be a two hour class (7-9pm) at our usual venue (Boteco do Brasil), followed by an hour of social dancing with a mix of music. As usual, no partner or experience required (except for Bal-trot), but bring your friends anyway.