New year classes… plus special guest Cat Foley


The Tuesday Night Spoonful Blues will return after the Christmas break on the 7th Jan, and sees the return of the unstoppable Shell Davies with 2 weeks of special classes.

Shoeswing classes will return Wednesday 8 January. Lee and Seema Paterson will be teaching throughout January so come along for some great classes!

AND the last week of January is Cabaret week and we have international teacher, Cat Foley, taking over! Cat will be teaching a special blues class at the Tuesday Night Spoonful on 28 Jan. On Cabaret night (Weds 29) she’ll teach lindy hop beginners at 7pm, and a performance class for the improvers at 8pm (which will be of special interest to anyone performing that night!). Cat also has a surprise routine for us in the cabaret!


Edinbop Cabaret Night – 29 Jan… get ready!


On the 29th Jan Edinbop will be holding it’s fantastic cabaret night!

The brilliant Paul and Christi will be teaching a performance for the Cabaret! If you want to take part and are available between 11-1pm on Saturdays 11th, 18th and 25th, drop an email to Dan at

If you have your own Cabaret act sorted but want to squeeze in some practice, come down to the RAF Club on Saturday 25th between 11am-1pm to make use of the practice space.

The night is always lots of fun and a great chance to see some entertaining performances. We hope to see you there!

Cabaret – Save the date – 29th Jan


The annual Edinbop cabaret.. a highlight of the calendar every year is close upon us again.
So here’s is some heads up to start your act preparation. Remember anything goes – as long as it’s short!

The date of the cabaret will be Jan 29th. We will also have the bar open upstairs so its the best night of the year to bring along your non dancing friends.

Committee Nominations for 2014


This will be the first year we have had to run elections for the Edinbop committee. It’s great to see so much interest in helping out!

The election will be held at the AGM by blind ballot. There are 6 positions available on the Edinbop committee. Anna, Jack and Bryonny have not completed their 2 year terms so are automatically selected to the new committee. 3 current committee members (Ali, Leigh & Sebastian) will be running for re-election to committee as they have already served 2 years but would like to remain on the committee and we have 6 new nominations. Shell and Sarah will be stepping down from the committee.

To have your vote, simply turn up to the AGM, voting will begin after the meeting with a cut off time of 2pm.
Elected members will be announced online and at the dance.

We will be running preferential voting with the top 6 being elected to the committee. Simply the candidates in order of your preference.

Here are all the nominations for this year’s Election in alphabetical order and a quick message from each of them:

Leigh Anderson

Its been fantastic to be able to bring events like Swing May-hem and workshops with international teachers to Edinburgh while looking after the guest DJs, and taking my first steps into DJing and even a little teaching. The fascination with swing has grown into a full-on love affair and I’d especially like to represent blues within Edinbop – helping to build the community by strengthening connections with other groups and enhancing our promotions; all based on a foundation of classes, workshops, music and social events that bring people together with the best music there is.

Alison Jeffrey

Hi, I’m Ali and I’ve been part of the Edinburgh dancing scene for years and really enjoy it. I’ve been serving as treasurer of the Edinbop committee for 2 years and have been happy contributing to the scene and keeping all our figures together. I’d really like to stay on the committee to help make the transition easier with new members joining and to continue some of the projects we have started already for next year.

Daniel Roger

Hi, I’m Dan Rodger, I’ve been swing dance in Edinburgh for a couple of years now and would like to take a more active role in all the great events that Edinbop put on. I’m fun and bring tons of positive energy to whatever I’m active in.

Sebastian Sandoval Similä

I’ve been part of the Edinbop committee for at least the past two years, but also going to the socials at the counting house since Edinbop’s inception. As part of the committee, I’ve been involved in helping arrange different events, from booking rooms to other logistics, as well as arranging the teachers for the weekly blues classes. It’s been great being part in seeing the scene grow, and I look forward to keep helping that happen!

Crian Shields

I am standing for the Edinbop committee after having been dancing for several years. In that time, as well as being a very frequent attendee at Edinbop nights and events, I have been publicity officer and president of the Edinburgh University Swing Dance Society. As well as the experience in being on a dance committee, I have travelled extensively to dance events, giving me an insight into how other dance societies are run, giving me many contacts, and also giving me many ideas.

My enthusiasm for dance continues undiminished, and I wish to join the Edinbop committee to give something back to the group, and to help the group continue to be amazing.

Martyn Tunstall

I started dancing in January, and have really enjoyed learning and improving over the past year. I’d like to join the committee to give something back and to contribute my own ideas and skills to Edinbop. I think my viewpoint, as someone new to dance, would fit in well with a committee of experienced dancers who have been on the Edinburgh scene longer. Some of my ideas include building our sense of community getting some Edinbop shirts and jumpers made. I also think it could be fun to organise social outings for the group in addition to the dancing. When it comes to getting things done, I’m good at putting my head down and running with an idea, be it mine or someone else’s. I’m a hard worker and I like to see things done well. When not dancing, I teach English in a secondary school, get beaten at squash by my 12 year old son and crank out Led Zeppelin on my guitar.
I’d really look forward to helping out on the committee in any capacity. Thank you for your consideration.

Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir

Im passionate about swing dancing and I want to do what I can to help the Edinburgh scene go from strength to strength and I think being a part of the Edinbop committee would be a good place to do that.

Paul & Christi’s Advanced Classes


The legendary Paul and Christi are running some monthly Advanced Lindy Classes.

The next class is on Sat 7th December November, 2-5. Cost just £6 / £4 students
Calton Centre, Montgomery Street, Edinburgh

No booking required, just turn up!

Edinbop AGM and dance with live band – 1st December


This year we’ve got any extra special treat for you at our annual general meeting, we will making it a sunday afternoon dance and better yet we have a live band for you to dance to.

We are happy to announce the  New Phoenix Jazz Band will be playing their swinging tunes for us. You don’t want to miss out this opportunity. Edinbop will be subsidising the event to encourage you to come to the AGM.


Sunday 1st December – 1pm – 5pm


Cafe Camino Hall

1, Little King Street


£2 if you attend the AGM at 1pm and fill out our survey :)

£5 otherwise.

Pay on the door.



Balboa News


Hooray! It’s time for:
Balboa Brunch – Saturday 26th October at the Wash Bar on the Mound. 11am – 3pm.
Come have brunch, a coffee, a dance, a natter, practice your moves with the lovely balboa folk – a Saturday treat.

And there are more fabulous Balboa events coming up in Edinburgh:

Dance workshops and socials. Too much fun?


Awesome workshops & events nearby

September 2013: Helen Cheney’s Solo Charleston & Jazz Course, Edinburgh
September 2013: Balboa Gathering, Newcastle
October 2013: Stompin at Summerhall, Edinburgh
October 2013: Balboa Brunch, Edinburgh (Sat 26th)
October 2013:  European Swing Dance Championships, London
November 2013: Viking Swing, Edinburgh
November 2013: Winter Swing Weekend, Edinburgh
November 2013: Blues Baby Blues, London
January 2014: DJam, Durham
Feb 2014: Edinburgh Balboa Weekend
May 2014: Livin’ the Blues, Scotland!
May 2014: Edinburgh Balboa Exchange

And a little further away…

October 2013: Berlin Blues Explosion
October 2013: LindyShock, Budapest
November 2013: Dragon Swing, Kraków, Poland
December 2013: The AWESOME Snowball in Sweden
January 2013: Lindy Hops the Atlantic, Copenhagen
February 2014: Winter Jump, Oslo
February 2014: Leapin’ Lindy, Bern
April 2014: Prague Blues Exchange 

Solo Jazz Weekend with Fatima Teffahi


There are still some spaces left for this weekend’s special workshop with Fatima Teffahi of the Harlem Hotshots; you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to inject extra style into your dancing with some solo jazz!

And for all you busy Fringe-goers out there, you can now register for a single day of classes (Levels I & II) for £30 (£25 concession).

Book now to secure your place.

Everyone is welcome at the Saturday Night Party @ Stockbridge House (20:00 – late) so bring your friends! Tickets will be available on the door for £5.

The Edinburgh Jazz Festival


Dance your socks and sandals off at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Edinburgh Jazz Festival