Events News

Blues News September

Blues is back on 6 September with Spoonful Gals, Sigga & Leigh, teaching together for the first time! If you haven’t tried blues before, this is the perfect time as this week’s fun classes will focus on musicality and get you all bluesed up!

International lindy and blues teacher, Dáire Mac An Bháird will be joining Leigh for the rest of September’s classes. And if you want even more blues in September…

Scotland Invades! is coming to Edinburgh for the first time on 9 to 11 September. THE LONG WAIT IS OVER!!!! The blues dance community of SCOTLAND is ready to invade the capital!

Stand ready with us for a fabulous weekend of music, camaraderie and dance.  Register here!

There will be:
– A Houseparty where we get to DJ awesome blues and fusion tunes.
– An Afternoon Workshop with the Tremendously talented Leigh and Daire. An absolute bargain at £15
– A night of dancing to live music and other marvellous fun times.
– Potential Collective Chill Out time on Sunday before home we go.

We will do our best to organise hosting.

The aim of these events is to promote blues dancing in our local scenes and throughout SCOTLAND; have cheap weekends of blues dance that hopefully all can afford to attend, spend time with friends, make some new ones and see some live Blues music. Perfect for dancers new to your scene or the experienced.


Change of venue

Throughout July, Lindy Hop classes and social dancing on Wednesday nights will take place at Marchmont St Giles on Kilgraston Road, rather than our usual venue of Summerhall.

This is due to preparation for the Fringe Festival.

Please note that all our classes will conclude for August, as our regular dancing spots all become Fringe venues! Keep an eye on our events calendar for dancing opportunities as they become available.


Blues in June

This month with be Seb-sational! Mr Sandoval Similä will be back teaching with Julie, Jo and Julia Morris (who we’ll be very happy to see visiting from Glasgow for 1 week only!); and Julie and Jo will be rounding off the month together.


There’s one more Blues & Fusion brunch before the festival takes over.
Fusion brunch
The Wash Bar have a decent floor, offer food and drinks and we’ll play blues and some other music we like.

Suggested entry donation of £1 which goes to the bar’s tip jar.




spoonfullogo_blackAnd if you want even MORE blues on your doorstep, there are a limited number of Thursday-Saturday social passes at £50 for Scotland’s biggest blues weekend, The Spoonful (Edinburgh, June 30-July 3)  – that’s almost 20 hours of partying with excellent DJs and live bands, performances, competitions, late night munchies and hugs AND you get to sleep in:

We’re all getting VERY excited

Blues updates…

Weekly Classes

Just a reminder that special guest teach, Reeva Bradley from San Francisco, will be in Edinburgh for the next two weeks. After a Facebook vote on class topics, the winners are Isolations and layering this week and Flash in Small Spaces on the 29th March. Keep in touch with all things Tuesday Night Spoonful on the FB group.

In April, we have Julie and Carolyn teaching together – come on down and see what they’ve got in store!

The Spoonful 2016, June 30- July 3

The Spoonful 2016








If you want to immerse yourself in the blues, here’s your chance. The Spoonful returns to Edinburgh for the second bite with 3 days of workshops and 4 nights of parties – and it’s all right on your doorstep!

Local dancers Leigh, Shell and Sigga are striving to make this the friendliest, most awesome event they can; taking their combined 18 years of blues experience and their favourite things from the hundreds of events they’ve been to, and packing all that goodness plus a whole lotta love into a four day festival that celebrates everything that makes blues dancing so special.

The Spoonful is all about traditional blues music, excellent classes from the most fun and talented teachers, competitions so welcoming that everybody can take part, and bringing the blues community together for one helluva party in our home of Scotland.

The workshops will be suitable for all levels and you can sign up as Lead, Follow or Switch. Registrations are open now!

There’s an open call for Taster Classes, which closes at the end of March. If you want to share a bit of your passion at the event, send a title and short description (under 300 words) and what level it would suit (if applicable) to and make it quick!

Lindy Hop beginners weekend workshop 27-28 Feb

On Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February, we’re holding a Beginners Weekend Workshop at the Counting House. This workshop with Ellen and Rob 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 28 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!


Edinbop AGM and Committee for 2016

Happy New Year!

Thank everyone who came along to the AGM on Wednesday 9 December! Documents from the AGM are available for you to view:

We also now have a new Edinbop committee for 2016:

Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir
Leigh Anderson
Bryony Jackson
Rachel Ryan
Piotrek Papajjek
Kym Eden
Rachael Anderson

We’d like to give a massive thanks again to Rianna and the Hops for providing us with live music on our last night of social dancing in 2015, and to Martyn Tunstall who stepped down from the Committee this year.

Edinbop AGM 2015

Solo jazz, Edinbop AGM and live music!

For our last class of 2016, we’ve got a real treat!

Instead of Beginners Lindy Hop, the lovely Anne and Vlad are running a one-off solo jazz class from 7pm on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh. This will be suitable for all levels.

After that, it’s the Edinbop AGM – this is your chance find out what’s been going onbehind the scenes for the past year and vote on next year’s Committee members.

From 9pm, it’s social dancing with live music from Rianna and the Hops (formerly known as the Foo Birds)!

We hope to see you there! Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event.

Blues News November

The Tuesday Night Spoonful have a host of special classes this month including guests teachers Samuel Tinguely (Switzerland) and Daire Mac An Bhaird (Oslo) AND Leigh‘s back from her first international teaching gig at Drag The Blues (Barcelona) and is psyched to be back in the ‘burgh teaching with Seb!

Upcoming events:

Scotland will be representing at Snowflake Blues (Dec 11-13, Durham) with Craig Thomson (Dundee) and Leigh partnering up with the lovely Annette ( This will be a big party weekend with a focus on solo blues/musicality/quality of movement and registration is open now.

As always, there are plenty of events happening all over Europe…

There are still some tickets for Petit ESBF (Dec 11-13, Madrid); a mini ESBF with Alba, Gaston, Vicci and Adamo, the four organisers of ESpanish Blues Festival!

Registrations have just opened for Valentine’s Blues (Feb 12-14) in beautiful Warsaw, and the organisers are happy to help with finding accommodation or hosting the dancers :)

If you want to really push your dancing to the next level, there’s the week long Blossom Blues Camp and Festival (May 7-16, Zurich) with Brenda Russell and Catherine Palmier… you can’t register yet, but mark your calendars!

If you’re new to traveling to events, you can chat to Leigh or any of the teachers/committee for advice and tips, and the FB group is a great place to coordinate travel plans!

Here’s a clip of Vicci & Adamo’s latest choreography at Berlin Blues Explosion for inspiration. PS Congrats to Shell & Leigh for placing 2nd in the Strictly Finals!

Edinbop Winter Cabaret – 27 January 2016

Edinbop’s Winter Cabaret is back on the 27th Jan! This is always a fun night out and a great way to introduce friends and family to the dance scene. If you have a hidden talent and would like to perform, email Anything goes (dancing, singing, comedy, plate spinning – ANYTHING!) but please keep your act less than 3 MIN. We’re already looking forward to all the amazing stuff people will be doing this year!

Help keep our scene swingin’!

Join-the-Edinbop-CommitteeWe’re seeking volunteers to make a difference to the scene by joining the Edinbop 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.

If you’re interested in gaining experience in events management, running a popular community group and seeing what goes on behind-the-scenes, this is the opportunity for you.

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, send us an email:

All nominations must be received by Saturday 5 December.

New Committee Members will be elected at the AGM on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh.