Balboa Brunch – Sat 29 Nov


Save the date for another fantastic Balboa Brunch right in the heart of Edinburgh – AND right on the morning after the Edinburgh Swing Ball!

Saturday 29 November
Wash Bar on the Mound (11-13 North Bank St)

Swing Ball Edinburgh, Fri Nov 28 – tickets on sale now!


Come and have a dance at one of the biggest vintage nights in Edinburgh!

This is a proper Swing Ball where you step out in style. One of Edinburgh’s stunning dance halls, a live swing band and everyone dressed up in swinging style… this is a night to impress.

In collaboration with the Edinburgh swing scene, Swing Patrol are bringing you an incredible night of dancing, live music from Down for the Count, and general vintage merriment. We start the night with a fun beginner-friendly lesson so even if you have never danced before you’ll be swinging away by the end of the night. It’s also a great chance to meet the other dancers from around your community, so don’t be shy, ask someone for a dance!

Join us at the Edinburgh Swing Ball for:

    A beginner-friendly dance lesson starting at 7:15pm
    Live swing music from “Down for the Count”
    Floor show
    Feature performance by Johnny Setlist
    Fun and friendly competitions with exciting prizes
    A chance to get some professional photographs of yourselves all dressed up!

The evening will be hosted by Scott Cupit from Swing Patrol who recently featured on Dragons’ Den.

November 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
£25 in advance, £15 students
Booking is now open for this event. Registration is open until: Friday 28 November 2014 at 6:00pm

Shoeswing live music night – 12 Nov


Edinbop brings you another night of live music with Alison Affleck and all star band at the Counting House, Weds 12 November from 9pm.

Jack Lavender says: “Hot night! Top swing action guaranteed! 1000 percent YES!” <- which just goes to show that engineers know very little about percentages.

November Blues


Straight back from placing in comps in Berlin and Barcelona, Leigh will be teaching with Seb for the whole of November. We don’t know what they’ll be teaching yet, but we’re sure it’ll be pretty sweet.

Blues news from the rest of Scotland; Andrew Smith is teaching in Glasgow on 30 October AND Dundee on the 4th November.

Mike and Ruth are teaching a workshop weekend in St Andrews 21-23 November.

So much blues on our doorstep!

AND , Edinburgh will be the scene for one of the biggest blues festivals in Europe next summer -The Spoonful – with 4 nights of parties and 3 days of workshops with some of your favourite international teachers. Tickets will go on sale shortly so mark your calendar, join the FB group and check out the website to make sure you don’t miss out!

Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015 – Bookings now Open


Bookings now open

We are delighted to announce that Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault will be back for the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015!

The weekend will run from 30th Jan to 1st Feb 2015 and includes:
– Intermediate level and above workshops, with Mickey and Kelly, on the Saturday and Sunday. As in 2014 we will have an additional Advanced level class on the Sunday morning.
– Improvers level workshop with local teachers on the Saturday.
– Social dances: Friday Welcome Party. Saturday Dance with live music from the Rose Room. Then the Sunday Tea Dance to wrap things up .

Sign up now. Don’t miss an awesome weekend!

More details here or at the event’s facebook page

Edinbop AGM & Committee Nominations


Do you have great ideas for swing dancing events in Edinbop that you want to see become a reality? Want to increase our public engagement, help build our new website, provide more opportunities for live music, or just keen to get involved with the day-to-day running of Edinbop?
Join the Committee, and you can make it happen!

We’re preparing for our AGM in December, so we’re looking for the most enthusiastic members of the Edinbop community to come forward.

Maybe you want to gain experience in running events, or perhaps you have skills in finance or design that could support the Edinbop community? If you know someone who’s interested in joining the Committee or want more details on how to get involved, email

Edinbop will be subsidising the event to encourage you to come to the AGM – more details on the December event to follow soon…

Steve and Chanzie are coming to Glasgow!


The fabulous Stephen Sayer and Chanzie Roettig are coming all the way from the USA to our neighbouring scene in Glasgow to teach a weekend of collegiate shag and lindy hop!

Hosting for out of towners can be arranged with friendly Glaswegian dancers, so why not take a trip for a weekend of dancing in the West?

Book your place via DanceCloud:

Saturday will feature a four hour progressive workshop, introducing shag fundamentals – Steve and Chanzie style! Sunday will focus on Steve and Chanzie’s Hollywood style lindy hop. There is also the Glasgow vintage dance event, Cake Hop, on the Saturday night, in the same venue as the weekend classes, Partick Burgh Halls.

Saturday all day – £40
Saturday Class 1 Fundamentals only – £20
Sunday all day – £40
Sunday Class 1 Fundamentals only – £20
Full weekend (all classes plus Cake Hop social on Saturday night): £70

For more info, check out the Facebook event page:

Balboa Brunch – Oct 18


What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a shuffle at the Wash Bar on the Mound.  Come for half an hour or for four, as you like! £1 donation (goes to bar staff)

New to Balboa..? Try out our weekly classes from 8pm for beginners or brush up your skills from 7pm:

Counting House, Wednesdays (2nd Room)

7pm-8pm Improvers

8pm-8.15 Total Beginners

8.15-9.15 Beginners

Lindy Hop with Sigga and Helios PLUS live music night!


Shoeswing brings you a very international line-up for October’s lindy classes with Sigga and Helios! Head on down to the Counting House for 7pm (Beginners), 8pm (Improvers) and 9-11.30pm social dancing every Wednesday.


PLUS put a little extra swing in your step with our live music special on the 22nd October:

From the The Gramophone Jass Band and the mighty Foo Birds, four very talented musicians – Dan, Alex, Joe and Charlie – will be playing awesome swing tunes for our dancing pleasure.

Gatsby Experience, Saturday 27th September


Looking for dancing and vintage vibes this weekend?
The Gatsby Experience event is being held in Edinburgh’s’ Grassmarket Centre on Saturday 27th September in aid of the Grassmarket Community Project.

The two-hour vintage dance class is only £5 – alternative, buy the whole Gastby Experience for just £20 and get the following:

  • FREE Vintage dance lesson from 2pm to 4pm, taught by Fly Right Dance Company
  • FREE glass of bubbles upon entry at 7pm
  • DISCOUNTS from Grassmarket shops (upon presentation of ticket confirmation) – Godiva Boutique, Armstrongs, Hi-Jinks, HAHAHA, Just G
  • 1920s-style cocktail bar
  • 7-piece Jazz band with vocals: The New Phoenix Jazz Band
  • 1920s style DJ spinning old 78s on a snakeskin-lined gramophone
Group tickets are available for 5 to 10 people.
All takings on the night will go back into helping the Grassmarket Community Project continue to undertake their work with vulnerable adults in Edinburgh.