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


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

Shoeswing live music night – 12 Nov


Edinbop brings you another night of live music with Alison Affleck and all star band at the Counting House, Weds 12 November from 9pm.

Jack Lavender says: “Hot night! Top swing action guaranteed! 1000 percent YES!” <- which just goes to show that engineers know very little about percentages.

Lindy Hop with Sigga and Helios PLUS live music night!


Shoeswing brings you a very international line-up for October’s lindy classes with Sigga and Helios! Head on down to the Counting House for 7pm (Beginners), 8pm (Improvers) and 9-11.30pm social dancing every Wednesday.


PLUS put a little extra swing in your step with our live music special on the 22nd October:

From the The Gramophone Jass Band and the mighty Foo Birds, four very talented musicians – Dan, Alex, Joe and Charlie – will be playing awesome swing tunes for our dancing pleasure.

Paul & Christi’s Lindy Boot Camp – 09 Aug


Join Paul & Christi for a full day of Lindy Classes during the Fringe Festival!

Venue: Carlton Centre; Saturday 09 Aug

11am-1pm Aerial Attack (air steps & tricks)

2pm-5pm Ground Assault (int adv / adv lindy)

Plus an evening dance with a military theme!

£18 for all-day pass / £30 per couple – Partner needed for air steps.
Classes / dance also priced separately.

To book, please contact christi.rankin@gmail.com and join on facebook to stay up-to-date

Term dates – Fringe Festival break


Our last classes for this term are 22nd July for Blues, 23rd July for Lindy (<- cabaret night!) BUT we’re back at the usual times and venues after a month break for the Fringe Festival on the 2nd/3rd September.

Don’t forget to check out some of the awesome live acts at Edinburgh’s Jazz and Blues Festival (July 18-27) and stay posted to the Edinbop Facebook page for last minute Fringe outings!

Shoes for Swing Dancing


We’ve had a few questions lately on what types of shoes work best for swing dancing, so here’s a few recommendations!

If you’re a new dancer coming to your first lessons, any smooth-soled, flat shoes will be perfect. Make sure they won’t slip off your feet on the dancefloor – ones that lace up are ideal.

If you’ve been dancing for a while, you might be looking at investing in some specific dancing shoes. Some dancers prefer suede soles and others like leather soles – this helps us glide on wooden floors in dance halls, means we can pivot, and saves our knees from a lot of potential pain!

For Lindy Hop, we recommend wearing flat soles to allow for the athletic movements and high pace. For Balboa followers, you may find wearing heels will help to give you the perfect position to shuffle away all night!

Some people buy ordinary shoes and then get the soles sueded – there is a locksmiths on South Clerk Street (almost opposite Sainsburys) that Edinburgh dancers often go to.

Alternatively, you may want to buy shoes already designed for dancing, such as Aris Allens or Bleyer. There are a few websites where you can buy swing dance shoes listed below, but always make sure you do some research into the fit before ordering them:


Social dancing in the meadows – 8 June


This weekend is the Meadows Festival so come along and show off what Edinbop are all about with some public dancing and sharing the love with potential new dancers – whatever the weather!

ALL DANCERS ARE WELCOME to take part in a little social dancing – NO PREPARATION NECESSARY!

We’ll play a few tracks to get you set for lindy, balboa and blues – so there will be something for everyone. We’ll be dancing on grass and/or the pavement so you don’t need your best dance shoes!

Meeting point will be 1:45pm on Middle Meadow Walk, on the grass opposite Peter’s Yard. At 2pm, we may move to another spot closeby so don’t be late or you’ll miss us!

We’ll be done by 3pm so you can enjoy the rest of this awesome Festival (and find live bands for MORE dancing!): http://www.meadowsfestival.org/

Join/see any updates here

Sat 7 June – next Advanced Lindy class with Paul and Christi


Saturday 7 June is the next monthly ‘not to be missed’ Advanced Lindy class with Paul and Christi.

When: Saturday 7 June, 2-5pm
Where: Calton Centre, Montgomery St (next to Easter Road)
How much: Bargain prices of £6 / £4 students – for the whole 3 hours!

Structure: opens with jazz routine for warm up and introducing new footwork; class 1; break; class 2

For more info and to keep up to date with future classes, join the Advanced Lindy Classes in Edinburgh Facebook group.

Social dance with live band this Saturday!


As part of the excellent Ali and Katja weekend  – more info here  

…we’re hosting a social dance with Maid of the Forth Stompers.

Time 20:00 – 00:00 (Band on from 20:30)

Place:  Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne St, EH4 1JB

Cost: £8 / £5 conc.  If you’re taking one of the weekend classes then its free!

See you there!!!


Ali and Katja Weekend – not to be missed!


Ali and Katja are coming to town!!

10th- 11th May, Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne St, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB

Ali and Katja are particuarly special teachers, joining us from Germany.  They previously did a workshop for Edinbop (Swing the Fringe in 2012) and it was one of the best we’ve ever had!

Bookings are open – http://edinbop-aliandkatja.dancecamps.org/booking.php What are you waiting for???!!!

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 aliandkatweekend@gmail.com

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’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 the Maid of the Forth Stompers- also at Stockbridge House.

Saturday night: Times 8pm – midnight.  Social only ticket – £8/£5 concessions on the door.

Check out class timings on the Event page: http://www.edinbop.co.uk/events/ali-and-katja-weekend/