Edinbop/EUSDS are running a BEGINNERS BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP on Sunday 12 Feb. This workshop is open to EVERYONE, whether you’ve never danced a step in your life, or you’re a dancer who wants to try something new, or you’re familiar with blues and want to brush up your foundations.
WHAT IS BLUES DANCING?
Blues is a beautiful vintage partner dance, characterised by dynamic, expressive, connected movement. It looks a bit like this: https://youtu.be/xYtf5Tfdi_w
Edinbop are very excited to bring the amazingly talented Noemí Blue from Barcelona for a full day focusing on…. YOU! It’s solo dancing all the way, baby!
WHEN, WHERE and HOW MUCH?
Saturday 18 February, noon-5.30pm at Stockbridge House.
– Yoga for Blues Dancers (free if attending other classes)
– Belly Dancing for Blues Dancers (2 classes + party: £25)
– Solo Blues (2 classes + party: £25)
– BLUES AFTERPARTY with live music from Ali Affleck Blues Quartet, feat. Colin Steele
* Price for whole workshop + party: £35
* Price for party only £10
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.
This month with be Seb-sational! Mr Sandoval Similä will be back teaching with Julie, Jo and JuliaMorris (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.
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.
And 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: http://www.thespoonful.co.uk/
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and make it quick!
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).
We also now have a new Edinbop committee for 2016:
Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir
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.
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!
Scotland will be representing at Snowflake Blues (Dec 11-13, Durham) with Craig Thomson (Dundee) and Leigh partnering up with the lovely Annette(http://www.annettedances.com/). 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!
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 email@example.com. 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!