Lindy Hop News

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!):

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 – 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

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:


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:

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

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