Events News

Head to London and become a record breaker!

If you aren’t coming to our Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, why not head down to London and take part in the World’s Largest Charleston Dance Record Attempt?!

On Sunday 11 October, between 12pm-2pm, the London swing dance scene are hoping to beat the current record of 503 people, so they need all the help they can get!

To break the record, everyone has to know and dance the same routine – the choreographed dance is demonstrated here by the lovely Ben and Robyn:

As well as record breaking, there will be plenty of social dancing for the price of a £2 donation per person to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Charity.

Make sure you register in advance to help them count all the record breakers!

Edinbop Beginners Weekends for Balboa and Lindy Hop

Through the autumn Edinbop is offering you the opportunity to learn to dance. So for those of you who want take your first steps on the dancefloor, or are tempted to learn something new, you’re in luck! We’ve got, not one, but TWO Beginners Weekends coming up!

It’s only £25 for each weekend (£20 for students) and, to sweeten the deal even more, if you book for both, you get a £5 discount on each!!

So tell your friends, family, colleagues and partners and register today!

For more about the Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th October check out the Facebook page.

and sign up here!

And for more about the Balboa Beginners Weekend on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd November check out this Facebook page.

and sign up here!

Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016

The Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015 was a great success, so there’s nothing more to it than do it all over again so we are delighted to announce that Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault will be back for the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2016!

Bookings are now open! Register Here

The weekend will be in February this time around and run from 19-21st of February and includes:
– Intermediate level and above workshops, with Mickey and Kelly, on the Saturday and Sunday. As in 2015 we will have an additional Advanced level class on the Sunday morning.
– Improvers level workshop with Christie Rankin and Jason Roseweir on the Saturday.
– Social dances: Friday Welcome Party. Saturday Dance with live music from Havana Swing. Then the Sunday Tea Dance to wrap things up .

More details at the event’s facebook page

Special guests and live music at the Spoonful Blues

September 29 – Live music from The Blueswater

The Tuesday Night Spoonful is back with a bang – we’re very excited to announce that on Sept 29, local  heroes – The BluesWater – will be playing an acoustic set during our social dance at The Newsroom. These guys played a storming set at The Spoonful, and it’ll be something special to have them play an intimate set just for us… Classes and social will be the regular prices and we’ll be filling a bucket to show the band our appreciation.

New blues teaching lineup for October

October sees a fantastic teaching lineup of special guests kicking off with Jo Meyer & Ian Brooks teaching their first blues class in Edinburgh (6 Oct); international blues & fusion teacher, Luke Weismann, is dropping in on the 13th for a special class with Leigh; and Julie is bringing us on home with classes with Kym and Carolyn.

October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!

The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time! And it’s as free/cheap as we can possibly make it. Dance parties, socialising, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). Join the FB event to keep up to date!




Lindy Hop Intermediate Course

Your favourite weekly chance to dance is back at the Counting House, every Wednesday.

We’re also very happy to report that the fantastic Tim and Shell are inviting Edinburgh’s experienced dancers the chance to be challenged in their Intermediates Course!

This Intermediates Course is ideal if you:
– Social dance regularly
– Have attended a few workshops and weekly improver classes for a year or more
– Have a good appreciation of the fundamentals such as swing outs, lindy turns, lindy circle, texas tommy, swivels for followers, and charleston variations such as side-by-side and tandem charleston
– Want to take your dancing to the next level by refining your movements, as well as increasing your repertoire of moves

Where’s it happening and how do I sign up?!

This four-week course will run from 19:30 – 21:00, Friday 20 November – Friday 11 December, at the Eric Liddell Centre, and the whole course will cost just £20 (£18 for students!).

Places are limited, so book now to secure a spot!
Please note that these classes are not available for drop-in dancers. If you can’t make all four weeks, don’t worry, but you must register for the full course.

Blues News

Weekly classes

We’re back at the Newsroom from 7pm, Tuesday 1 Sept with Carolyn & Julie. These gals will be making our heads spin (or not!) with lots of turns. Then Erin & Carolyn will be bringing us plenty of “cool stuff” for the rest of the month. Huzzah!


Save the date: October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!

The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time! And it’s as free/cheap as we can possibly make it. Dance parties, socialising, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). Join the FB event to keep up to date!

Beginners Weekend Workshop – October 2015

On Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, 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 11 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!


Summer’s coming…. and maybe some outdoor dancing…

There’s nothing better than putting on your Sunday best and swinging out in the sunshine! With our lovely Scottish weather, it’s not something we can plan in advance so keep an eye on our Facebook page for last minute opportunities!

Shag Sundays!

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.

Book your place today!

Want to see more of this crazy, fun dance? Check out Stephen & Chandrae’s performance here:

If you are looking for Beginner Shag classes, you can also attend a mixed level Shag class on Fridays at 8pm, Dance HQ, 411 White Studios, Templeton on the Green, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1D.

Advanced Lindy Hop with Paul and Christi

Some of Scotland’s best dancers, Paul and Christi, are running one final Advanced Lindy Hop Class before 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
  • When: Sunday 12 April 2015
  • Where: Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB

  • How much:
    Class: £7 / £5 students
    Class & Dance: £10 / £7 students
    Social Dance Only: £5 / £3 students

No need to register in advance – it’s a drop-in class, so just roll up.

If you’re not able to attend the classes, feel free to just come along to the social dance in the evening – you’ll be able to pay on the door.