Lindy Hop News

World Lindy Hop Day 2019

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.

Edinbop dancers celebrating WLHD 21018

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.

Here’s a short list to start you off:

The Frankie Manning Foundation – a charity dedicated to carrying on the work of Frankie Manning to spread the joy of Lindy Hop throughout the world.

Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop – Frankie Manning’s autobiography.

Why Frankie. – a post from the swing dance blog Swungover*.

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.


Charleston Workshop – Registrations open NOW

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.

Find out more information on our calendar event.

Register here!


Lindy Hop Beginners Workshop – Sign Ups NOW OPEN

Edinbop’s Lindy Hop Beginners Workshop is back!

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!).

Dates: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 February

Venue: The Counting House, Edinburgh city centre

 

More information can be found on our calendar or Facebook event.

Register here!


Christmas Break

Edinbop’s Christmas break starts this week. Balboa and Lindy Hop classes have already finished, and Blues will finish on the 18th December.

All classes and socials will start up again on the week beginning the 7th January.

Merry Christmas to all of our dancers from the Edinbop committee!


Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop – Registrations are now open!

Our beginners lindy hop workshop is back!

Date: Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 November 2018

Registrations are now open: https://edinbopbegnov2018.dancecamps.org/booking.php

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.

Schedule:

  • Saturday 3rd 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 4th 12:00pm-3:00pm

Location:

  • St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry St, Edinburgh

Price:

  • £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).

If you’re on Facebook, here’s the event.


Free Outdoor Dancing on Saturday 22nd September!

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!


We’re back from our summer break!

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

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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!


Summer Break

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!

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

Join us!

Please note: our usual weekly classes are taking a break over August and will start back up again in September.


Edinbop presents: Swing Dancing on Clean Air Day

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!

For more info, check out the Facebook event.