Lindy Hop News

Edinburgh Jazz Festival

We’re in for a real treat this summer. From 19th – 28th July the city will be filled with jazz, blues and of course, much dancing!

There are some terrific bands playing this year and there’s already talk on the Edinbop facebook page with folks planning to dance their way through the festival. We wholeheartedly recommend seeing this lot for starters:
(Dance space may be limited in some venues)

Shirt Tail Stompers:

Solo Jazz with Shell & Tim

Hooray! Shell & Tim will be running more of their awesome solo jazz classes in the final week of May.

On Wednesday 29th at the Counting House.
Beginners at 7pm, Improvers at 8pm. Don’t miss it!

Midsummer Hop with Ben and Ash

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June

Booking Now Open!! (click on the link below)

We are excited to announce that the awesome Ash Cochrane & Ben Cook are coming up from London to teach an afternoon of classes for Improver/Improver+ level dancers. This is going to be a great afternoon of really relaxed classes, social dancing on the Saturday night and on the Friday night too.

Midsummer Hop Schedule

Friday 14th June – Social Dance with Swing 2013 performing live!
7.30pm – 1.00am
Venue : Teviot Debating Hall
£5, £4 students on the door or free with class pass

Saturday 15th June:
12.00 – 5.30pm Improver Workshop Classes
Venue: Main Hall, Summerhall
Class prices below

8pm – 1.00am – Social Dance
Venue: Main Hall, Summerhall
£5, £4 students on the door or free with class pass

Class Pass costs
(4.5 hours of classes & entry to both social dances)
£35, £30 (Students)

Book Now!

Friday 3rd May – Stompin’ at the Summerhall

Oh lucky lucky us – we are very excited to announce that Summerhall are launching a monthly live band night: “Stompin’ at the Summerhall”.

The first gig is on Friday 3rd May, so let’s ALL go and dance our socks off. Nothing beats dancing to live music, and this is a night not to be missed.

The line up in May looks cracking – the superb Dixie 6 are playing, as well as the fabulous Vieux Carre. Tickets are only £7 for the night and can be bought online here:

And check the facebook event for further details and updates. Thank you Summerhall!

April Lindy Hop & Balboa Classes

This month, Sebastian and Julia will be teaching Lindy Hop classes in the main room at the Counting House. As usual, the beginners class runs from 7pm until 8pm, and improvers class from 8pm until 9pm.

Similarly, Carsten and Teresa are teaching Balboa classes in the smaller room, and in the final week of April, Teresa will be teaching with Toni. Come get your shuffle on.

And social dancing for everyone starts at 9pm with the fabulous Lenny Love and our weekly guest DJ.

Charity clothes swap at the Counting House

Spring clean your wardrobe, exchange old threads for new ones, and raise money for EWRASAC!

Brought to you in association with Edinbop’s Shoe Swing.

How it works:

To take part, please bring along at least 2 items of clean clothing or accessories in good condition (or more – we recommend using this as an opportunity to have a proper clear out!). Clothes don’t necessarily have to be vintage or danceable – just anything you never wear and think someone else might enjoy.

Minimum donation to take part is £1 if you bring along at least 2 items, or £3.50 if you don’t.

Suggested minimum donations for items you want to take home:

T-Shirts, tops, skirts, shorts, small accessories or similar: £1
Dresses, trousers, jumpers, cardigans or similar: £2
Shoes, coats, bags, other large or fancy items: £3

Afterwards, take your new favourite outfit for a (literal) spin on the dance floor in the main room!

Any leftover clothes will go to a charity shop, or you may take back your own after the swap has ended.

Where does the money go?
Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (EWRASAC, Registered Charity Ref. SC 006208) is facing a 50% loss of funding in May 2013, which will have a devastating impact on their support services. Currently, the waiting time to access services is up to 9 months long.

They offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, girls aged 12 and over, and all members of the transgender community, who have experienced sexual violence from male or female abusers at any time in their lives. This includes rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and ritual abuse.

Other ways to donate:
Text ERCC12 £10 to 70070 to donate £10
Text WIMN12 £5 to 70070 to donate £5

For event updates:

Live band night to launch ELX

Join us for an early celebration of the return of ELX in September 2013 with a fantastic opportunity to get out your dance shoes for some serious social dancing and fun.

Enjoy Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra for Dancing at one of Edinburgh’s best dance venues, Lauriston Halls (BYOB) from 7.30pm – 11pm (Band on at 8pm)
Blues after party from 11pm – 3 am at The Study, Teviot (bring ID)
Introducing a very special Jack & Jill Competition for dancers new to Swing! (details below)

Tickets are £8 (pay on the door)

The Jack and Jill Contest
We are inviting the up and coming dancers from across Edinburgh to have fun and compete in the Jack ‘n Jill dance contest* to be held on the 15th of February. It is open to dancers with a year or less experience. It goes without saying that everyone competing will be a winner but for one lucky victorious couple we are extremely proud to offer…

A one week social pass to the world famous Herrang Dance Camp, Sweden!

*Leads and Follows will be RANDOMLY paired up and all couples will take to the floor for each song in the preliminary stage. The judges will choose finalists based on jollity, floor-craft, hepness etc.

This dance is hosted by ELX which is brought to you by the
Edinburgh Swing Dance Society
and Edinbop

ELX 2013 will take place on 20-22nd September