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.
Some of Scotland’s best dancers, Paul and Christi, are running one final Advanced Lindy Hop Classbefore 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
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).
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!
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 email@example.com.
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).
Everyone’s talking about Balboa at the start of this year!
If you hadn’t already heard, we’ve got FREE beginners classes in Balboa throughout January (8pm on Wednesdays at the Counting House) in the run up to the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend with international Balboa teachers Mickey and Kelly at the end of the month.
It’s not too late to register for the big event, but if you’ve already got daytime plans, why not come along to the three social dances at Stockbridge House, Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB?
Friday 30 January, from 8:30pm – late, only £5 entrance
Main Social Dance Saturday 31 January, from 8pm – late, £10 entrance
It’s time for Edinbop’s annual Winter Cabaret – a night for Edinbop regulars (and not-so-regulars) to show off their talents with short acts, interspersed with the usual social dancing from 9 – all for the regular price of £3 (or free if you attend a class before 9).
Get your acts together and bring friends, family and anyone who has not yet witnessed the spectacle of this brilliant night to the Counting House.
Share your hidden talents with the most enthusiastic audience you’ll EVER find. Previous performances include dances, songs, live music, stories, juggling, break dancing, and acts that truly defy categorisation…the only rule is that acts are kept short – please keep it under or around 3 minutes!
Come find Kat at the Counting House on a Wednesday evening and let her know if you would like to perform. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited and over half have already gone, so get in quick!
Classes will run as normal on the night & social dancing starts at 9pm (for info about classes, please see here). The first acts will kick off at about 9.30pm.
We will request that the upstairs bar is opened so you can have a drink to help you recover from performances that will surely knock your socks off!
Heads up everyone, if you’ve not done much balboa or are curious we’ll be offering free balboa classes in December and January at the Counting House on Wednesdays.
We’re also running an awesome workshop weekend on the 30th of January – 1st of February that includes intermediate and advanced classes taught by top tier international teachers Mickey and Kelly, but wait, there’s more! We’ll also have improver level classes taught by our local legend Christie. If you start taking beginner balboa classes now (or soon, that works too) you should have done enough by the time the weekend rolls around that you can happily take part in our improver level.
There will also be a lot of social dancing included in your ticket no matter your level, which super brilliant band Rose Room.
There is a follower waiting list atm, but if you’re wanting to go sign up anyway, if someone books with you later you’ll be taken off the waiting list and/or if a single lead signs up. Speaking of which, leads we need you, come sign up and make a follow’s day, you won’t regret it.
This is a really good opportunity so if you’re even a tiny bit interested in balboa you should give it a try!