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:

Ali and Katja Weekend


Ali and Katja are coming to town!!

10th- 11th May, Stockbridge House.

Bookings are open -

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

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 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 an amazing live band – which will be announced after the Battle of the Bands!!

BIG MUSIC DAY – Get in the mood with some classic swing tunes.


To get you in the mood for the BIG MUSIC DAY coming Saturday 12th April, here are some excellent swing tunes for you to listen too.

Also, if you aren’t too familiar with what you are listening to on a Wednesday night this is a great wee intro.


Benny Goodman – Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller – All That Meat and No Potatoes
Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb and His Orchestra – Lindy Hopper’s Delight
Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie – Shiny Stockings – A Frankie Manning Favourite!


Ever seen everyone get on the floor and dance the shim sham or jitterbug stroll but not know the music?

Shim Sham – Jimmie Lunceford – T’ain’t What You Do
Tranky Doo – Tommy Dorsey – Dispy Doodle
Jitterbug Stroll – Woody Herman – At the Woodchopper’s Ball
The Big Apple – Solomon Douglas – The Big Apple Contest

Don’t forget to book your advance tickets for the Battle of the Bands in order to save £3 on a ticket!
8pm – late @ Edinburgh Academy (Dining Hall), 42 Henderson Row, EH3 5BL

Sat 5 April – next Advanced Lindy class with Paul and Christi


This coming Saturday is the next monthly ‘not to be missed’ Advanced Lindy class with Paul and Christi.

2-5pm at the Calton Centre, Montgomery St (next to Easter Road).

Bargain price of £6 / £4 students!

For more info and to keep up to date with future classes, join the Facebook group here:

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

Lee & Seema’s next Jump Time is on 23rd March


Where: The Merlin, 168/172 Morningside Road, EH10 4PU

What Time: 7 ‘til 11pm

How Much: Only £4 – pay on the door

See you there!

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


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

Jump Time – 9th Feb


2014 and nothin’ shakin’?? Well that’s about to change! If you dig my lick then peel those ears and get it – JUMP TIME IS BACK!!!

That’s right Jump Time Cat’s and Kittens, this is really gonna turn your crank. It’s time to dim the Edisons warm up your pedal extremities and swing out on a solid slab of sound. If diggin’ the bop kick with the Blowtops don’t grab your magoo, then take a flop with the Ickie’s rest your creepers and fixate your peepers on our hopped up movies on the big screen. Get here between 7 and 8 and we’ll even enter you in our free early bird raffle that’s drawn at 8. Don’t vip another vop – if it’s hopped-up, solid-sent and swingin’ like a gate it must be Lee & Seema’s JUMP TIME!!

When: Sunday 9 February Where: The Merlin, 168/172 Morningside Road, EH10 4PU What Time: 7 ‘til 11pm How Much: STILL ONLY £4 – pay on the door

Advanced Lindy Hop with Paul & Christi – Sat 1 March


For those of you who would like to expand your dancing vocabulary with some more challenging moves and refine your technique, Paul and Christi are running Advanced Lindy Hop classes. These take place on the first Saturday of every month  and the next class is 1 March.

Time & date: 2 -5 pm, Sat 1 March, 5 April, 3 May

Venue: The Calton Centre, Montgomery St, Edinburgh, EH7 5EP

Price: £6/£4 (students) – an absolute bargain for 3 hours of world class teaching!

See Facebook for more info or contact christidotrankinatgmaildotcom