With World Lindy Hop Day (WLHD) fast approaching, we are celebrating the incredible life, passion, and energy of original Lindy Hopper, Frankie Manning. Edinbop will be hosting a free social dance, with DJ sets specifically themed around the music originally played in the Savoy Ballroom.
WLHD falls on Frankie’s birthday, 26th May, and is celebrated by Lindy Hoppers worldwide to remember one of the founders of the dance we love. One thing Frankie is always remembered for was his attitude towards dancing and towards everyone he danced with. The Frankie Manning Foundation has put together a wonderful graphic promoting the values Frankie brought to Lindy Hop:
We highly recommend that our dancers dig into Lindy Hop history and read up on Frankie’s life.
Hellzapoppin’ – perhaps the best-known clip of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, from the 1941 film Hellzapoppin’. This version was recently uploaded in 1080p HD by Atillo Menéndez. Frankie can be seen wearing a mechanics outfit, dancing with Ann Johnson.
For the second year running, Rob and Ellen will be back teaching Edinbop’s Charleston Workshop – now split over two days!
Saturday the 27th April will feature the very foundations of Charleston, getting beginners feeling confident on the dance floor. Sunday the 28th April will focus on improver-level content, making the dance feel comfortable and relaxed, and improving creativity in social dances.
Learn to dance this classic swing dance over two days, going from the very basics to social dancing with confidence! This workshop with Ellen and Rob will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves (and at a good price too – £30/£25 concession for 6 hours of lessons!).
Ellen & Rob will be teaching the fundamental moves and technique that will have you dancing like a pro in no time! Taught over 6 hours, this workshop is perfect for those who have never been to a dance lesson, those who have done a couple of lessons and want a boost, those wanting to learn a different role, or anyone wanting to revisit the very basics.
Saturday 3rd 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 4th 12:00pm-3:00pm
St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry St, Edinburgh
£30 / £25 concession
We’ll also be hosting a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 4 November after the workshop finishes, 3:00pm-5:00pm (included in your ticket if you attend the workshop).
Edinburgh Lindy Exchange is taking place on the weekend of 21st-23rd September – with attendees from all around Europe coming to our beautiful city to dance – and there’s some free dancing on Saturday 22nd!
Join us on the Mound, right next to the Scottish National Gallery, where we’ll be dancing outdoors to the Tenement Jazz band 1-3pm.
Before this there’s a beginner Lindy Hop class at 12:15pm taught by two of our regular teachers. Want a bit of a brush up before social dancing? Got a friend who wants to give this a try? This is the perfect time!
Check out the Facebook event for the class, and let your friends know that this is happening.
We’d love for you to join us! Let’s hope the weather holds up!
Our usual weekly dancing has started up again in September, with our range of foundation and improver dance classes and social dancing. Here’s what we have on:
MONDAYS – Balboa
Boteco Do Brasil, 47 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB
7-8pm Balboa Improvers+
8-9pm Balboa Fundamentals
9-10pm Social dancing
TUESDAYS – Blues
The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith St, EH1 3AT
7-8pm Blues Foundations
8-9pm Blues Improvers+
9-11pm Social dancing
WEDNESDAYS – Lindy Hop
Summerhall, EH9 1PL
7-8pm Lindy Hop Foundations
8-9pm Lindy Hop Improvers+ (plus practice room)
9-11pm Social dancing
Our classes are always drop-in so you can come along at any time. If you’ve been taking a break over the summer we’re looking forward to having you back, and if you’re new to dancing then we’d love to see you this week!
Edinbop’s regular lessons have finished for the summer to make way for the festival. They will start back up again in the first week of September.
Don’t worry – we’ve got your dancing fix covered in the meantime! We have taken over ESDS’s usual haunt, Stockbridge House, and are putting on weekly lessons on Thursdays nights throughout August, as well as 1.5 hours of social dancing. The lessons will feature a variety of dance styles – please visit our Events page to see what’s on this week, or keep up-to-date with us on Facebook.
Edinbop Swings the Fringe is back for a second year, and this time we’ll be at Stockbridge House/LifeCare Centre (with thanks to our friends at ESDS for loaning us their usual venue).
Every week for the month of August we will have a 1 hour lesson followed by 1.5 hours of social dancing. We will be offering classes in different styles of dance each week, so check out our events page or Facebook to see what we will be covering!
7:30pm-8:30pm: Class 8:30-10:00pm: Social Dancing
Please note: our usual weekly classes are taking a break over August and will start back up again in September.
For Clean Air Day, the eastern section of George Street will be closed for a range of activities for most of Thursday 21st and some of Friday 22nd, and Edinbop have a slot for dancing 6-8pm on Thursday evening!
Absolutely anyone can turn up and join in. We’ll be running a short Lindy Hop lesson at 7pm for anyone who’d like to try it out, so even if you’ve never done it before you can come and have a go!