Swing Dancing through the Fringe


Our regular classes might have paused for the Fringe Festival (we’ll be back on Tuesday 2 / Wednesday 3 September), but that doesn’t mean the dancing has to stop!

Escape to the Iso Bar, every Wednesday for a chilled night of getting away from the festival madness, drinks and dancing. Featuring an all-level solo jazz class at 8pm (bargain prices at £5/£3, with 50% of proceeds going to EWRASAC) followed by social dancing from 9pm-10:30pm!

And next weekend, Saturday 9 August, there’s Paul and Christi’s Lindy Boot Camp, an awesome one-day workshop and evening social dance at the Calton Centre.

You can also join us for a flash-mob swing dance at 4pm-4:30pm in Grassmarket, Sunday 10 August!

Or, if you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City, take a visit to our neighbour swing dance scene in Glasgow!
For those of you who know the basics of Collegiate Shag and want to learn more, check out this workshop on Saturday 23 August.
There’s also the legendary Cake Hop on Saturday 30 August, and then a FREE social dance the next day, Sunday 31 August!

There’s so much to see and do during the Fringe Festival, so keep an eye on the Edinbop Facebook page for last minute dancing-related Fringe outings!


Paul & Christi’s Lindy Boot Camp – 09 Aug


Join Paul & Christi for a full day of Lindy Classes during the Fringe Festival!

Venue: Carlton Centre; Saturday 09 Aug

11am-1pm Aerial Attack (air steps & tricks)

2pm-5pm Ground Assault (int adv / adv lindy)

Plus an evening dance with a military theme!

£18 for all-day pass / £30 per couple – Partner needed for air steps.
Classes / dance also priced separately.

To book, please contact christi.rankin@gmail.com and join on facebook to stay up-to-date

Social dancing in the meadows – 8 June


This weekend is the Meadows Festival so come along and show off what Edinbop are all about with some public dancing and sharing the love with potential new dancers – whatever the weather!

ALL DANCERS ARE WELCOME to take part in a little social dancing – NO PREPARATION NECESSARY!

We’ll play a few tracks to get you set for lindy, balboa and blues – so there will be something for everyone. We’ll be dancing on grass and/or the pavement so you don’t need your best dance shoes!

Meeting point will be 1:45pm on Middle Meadow Walk, on the grass opposite Peter’s Yard. At 2pm, we may move to another spot closeby so don’t be late or you’ll miss us!

We’ll be done by 3pm so you can enjoy the rest of this awesome Festival (and find live bands for MORE dancing!): http://www.meadowsfestival.org/

Join/see any updates here

Social dance with live band this Saturday!


As part of the excellent Ali and Katja weekend  – more info here  

…we’re hosting a social dance with Maid of the Forth Stompers.

Time 20:00 – 00:00 (Band on from 20:30)

Place:  Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne St, EH4 1JB

Cost: £8 / £5 conc.  If you’re taking one of the weekend classes then its free!

See you there!!!


Ali and Katja Weekend – not to be missed!


Ali and Katja are coming to town!!

10th- 11th May, Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne St, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB

Ali and Katja are particuarly special teachers, joining us from Germany.  They previously did a workshop for Edinbop (Swing the Fringe in 2012) and it was one of the best we’ve ever had!

Bookings are open – http://edinbop-aliandkatja.dancecamps.org/booking.php What are you waiting for???!!!

This weekend is bringing three amazing opportunities:

Teach the Teachers  – Ali and Katja are running a 3 hour workshop for the teachers in our dance scene. Book in if you are an existing teacher,

If you are interested in becoming a Lindy-hop teacher please contact us on aliandkatweekend@gmail.com

The teach the teachers pass also includes the dance classes – whoop!!

Intermediate  Lindy class – On Saturday afternoon we have an intermediate dance class with Ali and Katja which is perfect if you have been dancing for a year or so and you want to learn more stuff.

Advanced Lindy Class  – On Sunday morning we have an advanced dance class with Ali and Katja which is perfect if you’ve been dancing for ages. You could do triple steps to really fast songs if the mood took you, and you want to improve the finer points of your dancing

….and of course we have a Saturday Night Dance  with the Maid of the Forth Stompers- also at Stockbridge House.

Saturday night: Times 8pm – midnight.  Social only ticket – £8/£5 concessions on the door.

Check out class timings on the Event page: http://www.edinbop.co.uk/events/ali-and-katja-weekend/


Balboa Brunch: This Saturday!


Post-easter Balboa shuffle time, yeah!

Saturday 26 April, The Wash Bar on the Mound, 11am – 3pm

Another of our Saturday Balboa Brunches at Edinburgh’s Wash Bar. Four hours of fabulous Swing and Big Band music, a nice, wooden floor to shuffle on, lots of lovely, chatty people, and drink and food available for purchase.

Come for half an hour or for four, as you like!

£1 donation (goes to bar staff)

Battle of the Bands – THIS SATURDAY – Friends & Family tickets available!


Yes folks, Edinbop’s first BATTLE OF THE BANDS is this Saturday (12th) and it is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Maid of the Forth Stompers will be facing off against The New Pheonix Jazz Band at the beautiful Edinburgh Academy from 8pm-late. Don’t forget to BYOB!

Tickets are available in advance for £12 (at the Tuesday Night Spoonful @ the Newsroom or Wednesday’s Shoeswing @ The Counting House) or £15 on the door. If you want to bring along some friends & family… maybe introduce a few people to swing or just show them what you can do, you can buy ‘Friends & Family’ tickets on the door for just £6. To make the night even more welcoming, Shell and Tim will be doing a free taster class from 8pm!

If you’ve signed up to Glenn Crytzer’s Musicality Workshop, entry to the Battle is already included! Due to popular demand, we’ve added a few more spaces for the workshop with this internationally-renouned musician and band leader for just £20/£25 (student/non): you can get yours here: http://www.edinbop.co.uk/events/edinbops-big-music-day-sat-12-march/

Easter Weekend – bookings now open! And FREE Beginners Balboa!


‘Spring’ into action and book your place at our Easter Egg-stravaganza Lindy & Balboa workshop weekend now!

Bookings are open –  you’ll find the registration page here.

Its only £50 for an All Weekend ticket – a bargain! Beginners classes have been discounted too.

All tickets include social party passes for both the Saturday evening dance (8 pm – late) and Sunday afternoon’s Easter Egg Tea Dance (2.30-5.30pm). Party only tickets will be available on the door £5 for Saturday and £3 for Sunday.

There’s something for everyone – Beginners Lindy, Beginners/Improvers  Balboa, Improvers / Intermediate Lindy and  Intermediate Balboa.

Class info:
Lindy Hop for Beginners with Mirjam and Jack
Saturday 19 April, 10:30 – 17:30 (£25)
Total beginners very welcome; also people who have just started and want to build a solid technique.

Balboa Intermediates+ with Freddie and Christi
Saturday 19 April, 10:30 – 13:30 (£20 or £35 All day Balboa ticket)
This is for dancers who have been taking lessons for maybe a year and are looking for inspiration.

Balboa Fundamentals with Freddie and Christi
Saturday 19 April, 14:30 – 17:30 (£25 or £35 All day Balboa ticket)
For beginners/improvers who have done a few weeks of classes. Also provides a solid foundation for more experienced dancers too.

Lindy Hop Intermediates with Freddie and Mirjam
Sunday 20 April, 10:30 – 14:30 (£30)
This class is for Lindy Hoppers who have maybe been dancing for a year or so and are looking to make their Lindy Hop flow and open up more space for interpreting and playing with the music.

Class Venues:
Saturday Beginners Lindy Hop: Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP
All other classes and socials: Columcile Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT

In celebration and to help prepare, we’re offering free Beginners Balboa classes from now up until Easter Weekend so if you’ve never tried Balboa before or are a little rusty, come along to the wee room at the Counting House,  8-9pm on Wednesdays.

See you there!

Save the date for Mirjam Johansson and Freddie Karlbom – Easter weekend workshop!


Edinbop are very excited to welcome Mirjam and Freddie from Sweden for an Easter weekend workshop.

Saturday 19 April
– 10:30 – 17:30 Balboa classes with Freddie and Edinburgh’s own Christi Rankin
– 10:30 – 17:30 Beginner’s Lindy Hop with Mirjam and Edinbop’s Jack Lavender
– Evening Dance – Easter Bunny Hop!

Sunday 20 April
10:30 – 14:30 Improvers / Intermediate Lindy with Freddie and Mirjam
14:30 – 17:30 Easter Tea Dance – with Polish Vodka and Easter Eggs aplenty (eating and painting!)

Venues: Columcile Centre, Newbattle Terrace, Morningside. Beginner’s Lindy on Saturday at Eric Liddell Centre, Holy Corner.

Tickets will be subsidised by Edinbop and prices will be announced shortly.  Bookings will open very soon – watch this space!

To keep up to date with the latest details, join the Facebook event page here

Check out Mirjam and Freddie in action: Mirjam and Freddie dancing at Snowball 2013

Edinbop’s Big Music Day – 12 April – Bookings now open!


Edinbop are pleased to announce that BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN for the Big Music Day with Glenn Crytzer!

Extra places have been added for the workshop! Book here  http://bigmusicday.dancecamps.org/booking.php


Saturday 12 April 2014 is Edinbop’s Big Music Day:

~ Understanding the music with the one and only Glenn Crytzer; one of the swing scene’s foremost bandleaders (11am-5pm)

“This workshop will give you a foundation in the music, an understanding of the history and different styles, and tools you can use to help you listen more carefully and delve more deeply into the music. Opening up your ears steps your dancing up a level – instantly.” (Glenn)

~ And of course there will be a night of dancing (8pm – late) – featuring for the first time a live BATTLE OF THE BANDS with The New Pheonix Jazz Band vs. The Maid of the Forth Stompers!!! Let’s get our dancing shoes on!~

Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (non-student) – £25
Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (student) – £20
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought in advance) – £12
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought on the door) – £15

For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/623722927690624/