Lindy Hop News

Classes on hold during August

Don’t forget – all our classes and social dancing are on hold during the Fringe Festival, when all our usual venues are taken over for fantastic performances from all over the world.

We’ll be back in September on the following dates:

  • Blues: Tuesday 6 September
  • Book Shop Lindy Hop: Tuesday 6 September
  • Lindy Hop: Wednesday 7 September
  • Balboa: TBC

But if you can’t last the month without the chance to dance, don’t worry! We’re adding a few more dancing opportunities to our calendar, so keep an eye on then Calendar and our Facebook group for dancing throughout August.

Change of venue

Throughout July, Lindy Hop classes and social dancing on Wednesday nights will take place at Marchmont St Giles on Kilgraston Road, rather than our usual venue of Summerhall.

This is due to preparation for the Fringe Festival.

Please note that all our classes will conclude for August, as our regular dancing spots all become Fringe venues! Keep an eye on our events calendar for dancing opportunities as they become available.


Venue change for lindy hop for 2 weeks


Due to the Edinburgh International Science Festival taking place at Summerhall for the next three weeks, we’ll be at Marchmont St Giles, EH9 2DW, tonight  (23rd of March) and next week (Wednesday 30 March) for classes and dancing.

Blues will stay as is on Tuesdays at the Newsroom and Balboa at the Washbar on Saturdays.

A new website… and a new home!

Edinbop are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Hopefully this covers everything you need to know about swing dancing in Edinburgh, whether you’re into Lindy Hop, Blues or Balboa. If you’re new to dancing, check out our FAQs and class info to get a feel for what you can look forward to!

The other big news this month is Shoe Swing‘s move to Summerhall. After almost 10 years at The Counting House, we’re moving on up to Edinburgh’s newest and biggest arts venue. Join us on 2nd March for the start of a new era!

This means that Balboa is expanding into it’s own weekly event, with the Saturday Shuffle at The Wash Bar from 11am-3pm. There are so many exciting developments for swing dancing in Edinburgh, we hope you can join us for the ride!

Lindy Hop beginners weekend workshop 27-28 Feb

On Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February, we’re holding a Beginners Weekend Workshop at the Counting House. This workshop with Ellen and Rob 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 28 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!


Edinbop AGM 2015

Solo jazz, Edinbop AGM and live music!

For our last class of 2016, we’ve got a real treat!

Instead of Beginners Lindy Hop, the lovely Anne and Vlad are running a one-off solo jazz class from 7pm on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh. This will be suitable for all levels.

After that, it’s the Edinbop AGM – this is your chance find out what’s been going onbehind the scenes for the past year and vote on next year’s Committee members.

From 9pm, it’s social dancing with live music from Rianna and the Hops (formerly known as the Foo Birds)!

We hope to see you there! Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event.

Edinbop Winter Cabaret – 27 January 2016

Edinbop’s Winter Cabaret is back on the 27th Jan! This is always a fun night out and a great way to introduce friends and family to the dance scene. If you have a hidden talent and would like to perform, email Anything goes (dancing, singing, comedy, plate spinning – ANYTHING!) but please keep your act less than 3 MIN. We’re already looking forward to all the amazing stuff people will be doing this year!

Head to London and become a record breaker!

If you aren’t coming to our Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, why not head down to London and take part in the World’s Largest Charleston Dance Record Attempt?!

On Sunday 11 October, between 12pm-2pm, the London swing dance scene are hoping to beat the current record of 503 people, so they need all the help they can get!

To break the record, everyone has to know and dance the same routine – the choreographed dance is demonstrated here by the lovely Ben and Robyn:

As well as record breaking, there will be plenty of social dancing for the price of a £2 donation per person to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Charity.

Make sure you register in advance to help them count all the record breakers!

Edinbop Beginners Weekends for Balboa and Lindy Hop

Through the autumn Edinbop is offering you the opportunity to learn to dance. So for those of you who want take your first steps on the dancefloor, or are tempted to learn something new, you’re in luck! We’ve got, not one, but TWO Beginners Weekends coming up!

It’s only £25 for each weekend (£20 for students) and, to sweeten the deal even more, if you book for both, you get a £5 discount on each!!

So tell your friends, family, colleagues and partners and register today!

For more about the Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th October check out the Facebook page.

and sign up here!

And for more about the Balboa Beginners Weekend on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd November check out this Facebook page.

and sign up here!

Lindy Hop Intermediate Course

Your favourite weekly chance to dance is back at the Counting House, every Wednesday.

We’re also very happy to report that the fantastic Tim and Shell are inviting Edinburgh’s experienced dancers the chance to be challenged in their Intermediates Course!

This Intermediates Course is ideal if you:
– Social dance regularly
– Have attended a few workshops and weekly improver classes for a year or more
– Have a good appreciation of the fundamentals such as swing outs, lindy turns, lindy circle, texas tommy, swivels for followers, and charleston variations such as side-by-side and tandem charleston
– Want to take your dancing to the next level by refining your movements, as well as increasing your repertoire of moves

Where’s it happening and how do I sign up?!

This four-week course will run from 19:30 – 21:00, Friday 20 November – Friday 11 December, at the Eric Liddell Centre, and the whole course will cost just £20 (£18 for students!).

Places are limited, so book now to secure a spot!
Please note that these classes are not available for drop-in dancers. If you can’t make all four weeks, don’t worry, but you must register for the full course.