Beginners Weekend Workshop – October 2015

08.30.15

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!

 

Weekly classes return in September

08.04.15

Just a reminder that, due to our venues being used for the Fringe Festival, the regular Tuesday Night Spoonful weekly Blues classes will return on Tuesday 1 September and we’ll be back with Shoe Swing at the Counting House on Wednesday 2 September.

For those of you still in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, keep an eye on the Facebook groups for last minute updates and dancing opportunities.

Thanks to dance enthusiasts Ellen and Rob, we’ll be at Inch Park Community Sports Club, 227 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UD for some dancing fun from 6:30pm on Wednesday 5 August. It’s only £3 for hours of dancing, so come along!
More details are available on Facebook.

See you again in September!

New Tuesday Evening Practice Space

06.15.15

The Crags Community Sports Centre Studio

Tuesdays 17.30 – 18.30

£2.50

A bright, airy space with mirrors, music, wifi, and a perfect floor for self-guided practice – at a snip at just £2.50.

Whether you’ve just been to your very first lesson and want to work on telling your left foot from your right, or you have just learned a fancy new variation and want to check whether it looks elegant or more like you’re falling over – come along to this self-guided practice session for all levels!

Please note that while you can ask fellow attendees for feedback, no one attending will be in an official teaching capacity and this is not a class. It is also not a social dance, but rather an open space to practise specific things and give each other constructive feedback, if desired.

We encourage you to find your own practice partner (or several) and come with things to practise in mind – something you struggled with in a class or something cool you saw on youtube. If you’re feeling brave, you could even video yourself dancing!

The music will be suitable for practising Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz/Charleston, but may also be suitable for Balboa. Speed and style will depend on attendees, and you are welcome to bring your own music.

In addition to classes and social dancing, self-guided practice is one of the best ways to develop and take charge of your dancing, so come along and give it a go!

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

05.12.15

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!

Advanced Lindy Hop with Paul and Christi

04.05.15

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.

Shoe Swing Live Band Night featuring The Foo Birds

03.22.15

You asked for more live music, and we are only too happy to oblige!

The Foo Birds will return for the social dance on the 15th April. The price for the social is as normal (£3), but if you want to show your appreciation for live music, there will be a tip jar for a suggested donation of £3 that will go directly to our lovely band.

All classes will run as normal:

Main Room
7pm-8pm Beginners Lindy Hop
8pm-9pm Improvers Lindy Hop
9pm-11pm Social dancing with the Foo Birds

Second Room
7pm-8pm Improvers Balboa
8pm-9pm Beginners Balboa

Prices
One dance class – £5.50 / £4.50 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 / £8 concessions
Social dancing – £3 (What a bargain!) Free if you take a class

Beginners Weekend Tea Dance

03.19.15

This Sunday 22nd March, 3-5 pm, The Counting House 

Free for Beginners Workshop attendees, £3 for everyone else

Two hours of tea, cake, chat, and easy-going, swinging jazz to ease our new Lindy Hoppers into social dancing.

Experienced dancers welcome – but go easy on the flashy moves, ask a beginner to dance, and don’t overexert yourself – it is a Sunday after all!

If you happen to be a keen baker, additions to our cake stash are very welcome!

Beginners Weekend Workshop

02.16.15

On Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March, 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 22 March (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).

See who else is going on the Facebook event and book your place today!

This is event is now fully booked. Any new bookings received will be placed on a waiting list.

Local Winter Dancing

11.12.14

Edinburgh’s getting cold – all the more reason to get moving and keep warm! Along with our AGM, here’s a few Christmas-themed events in Edinburgh that you won’t want to miss…


Edinburgh Swing Ball
Friday 28 November, from 7pm til late!
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
In collaboration with the Edinburgh swing scene, Swing Patrol are bringing you an incredible night of dancing, live music from Down for the Count, and general vintage merriment. We start the night with a fun beginner-friendly lesson so even if you have never danced before you’ll be swinging away by the end of the night. It’s also a great chance to meet the other dancers from around your community, so don’t be shy, ask someone for a dance!

£25 in advance, £15 students, blues after-party included
Book in advance to secure your place!
Registration is open until Friday 28 November 2014 at 6:00pm

 


Edinburgh Balboa Brunch
Saturday 29 November, 11am – 3pm
Wash Bar, The Mound, 11 – 13 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP
If you enjoyed your night at the Swing Ball, come along to the lovely Balboa Brunch for more! 4 hours of fantastic big band and Swing music to dance Balboa to. This is a friendly lunchtime event with great DJ music, lovely people to chat, and drink and food available for purchase. Come for half an hour or for four, as you like!

£1 donation, goes to bar staff

 


Lindy Hop Workshop for (int-adv) keen beans
Saturday 29 November, 2pm – 6pm
Ochil Room, Salisbury Building, The Pleasance, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
The wonderful Katharina Rüberg and Thom Scott-Phillips are holding a workshop for Intermediate / Advanced dancers that will take you to the next level!

3 ½ hours of instruction and personal feedback with a half-hour break/practice time. This workshop is for you if:

  • you’ve been dancing for a year or longer.
  • you’ve made the past year count – with lots of social dancing, classes, and travelling – perhaps even performing, competing, or private lessons!
  • you don’t think technique and fun are opposed – in fact, you believe better technique allows you to express your ideas more clearly and ultimately have more fun!
  • you are not afraid to work hard!
  • you know that there are different approaches to Lindy Hop, and you are open to trying them all
  • you’re happiest after classes that make both your mind and body ache…

£15 (only £10 for students and paid-up EUSDS members)
Please find a partner of the opposite role to sign up with. You may sign up as a single dancer but we want to keep it small and fairly balanced so it is unlikely you will get a space if you are a follower!
Send an email with your name and the name of your partner to thom.swing@gmail.com to register.

 


The EUSDS Snowball
Saturday 29 November, 7pm – 2am
Teviot Study, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
To complete your action-packed weekend of dancing, the EUSDS are hosting their ever-splendid annual Snowball! Come and dance the night away in your tackiest, ugliest, and thought-to-be-forgotten Christmas attire (ranging from jumpers to wearable reindeer antlers) and enjoy the cool sounds of some great DJs and also the live offerings of a EUJO quartet.

There will also be a Blues Dance Taster Class, allowing you to try out another style of dancing related to Lindy Hop (and just as fun, certainly when you just can’t muster the energy to dance the full version of “Sing, Sing, Sing” at midnight). And we’ll inevitably dip into some Blues music to wind down the night’s festivities, so you can even try out what you learn on the night.

£7 standard / £5 students

 


Edinburgh Balboa Brunch
Saturday 13 December, 11am – 3pm
Wash Bar, The Mound, 11 – 13 North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LP
Another chance to dance at the Balboa Brunch – 4 hours of the friendly lunchtime event with great DJ music, lovely people to chat, and drink and food available for purchase. Come for half an hour or for four, as you like!

£1 donation, goes to bar staff

 


Jump Time Jingle Ball
Sunday 14 December, 7pm – 23pm
The Merlin, 168 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4PU
Lee and Seema’s awesome annual Jingle Ball is back! Don’t forget, if you arrive between 7-8pm, you can win a fantastic prize in the free early Robin raffle!
If this don’t jingle your bells, you’re scrooged man!

£4, pay on the door

 

 

Swing Ball Edinburgh, Fri Nov 28 – tickets on sale now!

10.29.14

Come and have a dance at one of the biggest vintage nights in Edinburgh!

This is a proper Swing Ball where you step out in style. One of Edinburgh’s stunning dance halls, a live swing band and everyone dressed up in swinging style… this is a night to impress.

In collaboration with the Edinburgh swing scene, Swing Patrol are bringing you an incredible night of dancing, live music from Down for the Count, and general vintage merriment. We start the night with a fun beginner-friendly lesson so even if you have never danced before you’ll be swinging away by the end of the night. It’s also a great chance to meet the other dancers from around your community, so don’t be shy, ask someone for a dance!

Join us at the Edinburgh Swing Ball for:

    A beginner-friendly dance lesson starting at 7:15pm
    Live swing music from “Down for the Count”
    Floor show
    Feature performance by Johnny Setlist
    Fun and friendly competitions with exciting prizes
    A chance to get some professional photographs of yourselves all dressed up!

The evening will be hosted by Scott Cupit from Swing Patrol who recently featured on Dragons’ Den.

November 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
£25 in advance, £15 students
Booking is now open for this event. Registration is open until: Friday 28 November 2014 at 6:00pm