Lindy Hop News

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.

Beginners Weekend Workshop – October 2015

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

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

The Crags Community Sports Centre Studio

Tuesdays 17.30 – 18.30


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…

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

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.