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The Edinbop Survey is OUT NOW

Find the survey here.

This year, Edinbop is running our big survey. We put out a survey every two years to canvass your opinions on all aspects of how we run – including the weekly lessons (Blues, Balboa, and Lindy Hop), the socials, our teachers, our DJs, weekend events, and much more.

It is really important to us as a committee that we get your feedback. We take your responses into account while planning and running the next two years of dancing. After all, we work for YOU and want to make sure you get what you want/need out of coming along to our lessons and events.

There’s an option to go through the survey just clicking buttons, and this should take no longer than 5 minutes (less if you don’t do all three styles of dance). We have also included several text responses, and it would be fantastic if we received some candid opinions from you regarding the various aspects of Edinbop. If you do wish to comment, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete the whole survey.

The survey is totally anonymous, but is vital in dictating how we progress for the next two years. If you have any issues filling the survey in (including making the survey more accessible), please let us know and we can try to resolve any problems.

 


Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop – Registrations are now open!

Our beginners lindy hop workshop is back!

Date: Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 November 2018

Registrations are now open: https://edinbopbegnov2018.dancecamps.org/booking.php

Ellen & Rob will be teaching the fundamental moves and technique that will have you dancing like a pro in no time! Taught over 6 hours, this workshop is perfect for those who have never been to a dance lesson, those who have done a couple of lessons and want a boost, those wanting to learn a different role, or anyone wanting to revisit the very basics.

Schedule:

  • Saturday 3rd 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 4th 12:00pm-3:00pm

Location:

  • St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry St, Edinburgh

Price:

  • £30 / £25 concession

 

We’ll also be hosting a beginner-friendly tea dance for £3 on Sunday 4 November after the workshop finishes, 3:00pm-5:00pm (included in your ticket if you attend the workshop).

If you’re on Facebook, here’s the event.


Free Outdoor Dancing on Saturday 22nd September!

Edinburgh Lindy Exchange is taking place on the weekend of 21st-23rd September – with attendees from all around Europe coming to our beautiful city to dance – and there’s some free dancing on Saturday 22nd!

Join us on the Mound, right next to the Scottish National Gallery, where we’ll be dancing outdoors to the Tenement Jazz band 1-3pm.

Before this there’s a beginner Lindy Hop class at 12:15pm taught by two of our regular teachers. Want a bit of a brush up before social dancing? Got a friend who wants to give this a try? This is the perfect time!

Check out the Facebook event for the class, and let your friends know that this is happening.

We’d love for you to join us! Let’s hope the weather holds up!


We’re back from our summer break!

Our usual weekly dancing has started up again in September, with our range of foundation and improver dance classes and social dancing. Here’s what we have on:

MONDAYS – Balboa
Boteco Do Brasil, 47 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB
7-8pm Balboa Improvers+
8-9pm Balboa Fundamentals
9-10pm Social dancing

TUESDAYS – Blues
The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith St, EH1 3AT
7-8pm Blues Foundations
8-9pm Blues Improvers+
9-11pm Social dancing

WEDNESDAYS – Lindy Hop
Summerhall, EH9 1PL
7-8pm Lindy Hop Foundations
8-9pm Lindy Hop Improvers+ (plus practice room)
9-11pm Social dancing

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Our classes are always drop-in so you can come along at any time. If you’ve been taking a break over the summer we’re looking forward to having you back, and if you’re new to dancing then we’d love to see you this week!


Summer Break

Edinbop’s regular lessons have finished for the summer to make way for the festival. They will start back up again in the first week of September.

Don’t worry – we’ve got your dancing fix covered in the meantime! We have taken over ESDS’s usual haunt, Stockbridge House, and are putting on weekly lessons on Thursdays nights throughout August, as well as 1.5 hours of social dancing. The lessons will feature a variety of dance styles – please visit our Events page to see what’s on this week, or keep up-to-date with us on Facebook.


Edinbop Swings the Fringe!

Edinbop Swings the Fringe is back for a second year, and this time we’ll be at Stockbridge House/LifeCare Centre (with thanks to our friends at ESDS for loaning us their usual venue).

Every week for the month of August we will have a 1 hour lesson followed by 1.5 hours of social dancing. We will be offering classes in different styles of dance each week, so check out our events page or Facebook to see what we will be covering!

7:30pm-8:30pm: Class
8:30-10:00pm: Social Dancing

Join us!

Please note: our usual weekly classes are taking a break over August and will start back up again in September.


Edinbop presents: Swing Dancing on Clean Air Day

For Clean Air Day, the eastern section of George Street will be closed for a range of activities for most of Thursday 21st and some of Friday 22nd, and Edinbop have a slot for dancing 6-8pm on Thursday evening!

Absolutely anyone can turn up and join in. We’ll be running a short Lindy Hop lesson at 7pm for anyone who’d like to try it out, so even if you’ve never done it before you can come and have a go!

For more info, check out the Facebook event.


Edinburgh Leith Festival 2018 – We Dance in Leith

On the evening of Saturday 9 June Edinbop will be taking part in We Dance in Leith as part of Edinburgh Leith Festival 2018

Some of our dancers will be performing alongside other local groups, showcasing the cultural diversity of Scotland’s dancers, and there’s going to be a mini swing dance taster!

Come along for a fun evening of entertainment that promotes and supports the local artistic and music scene. And if you have friends who you think might be interested in trying lindy hop then this would be a great way to show them how fun it is!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/446603949102881/


Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop – Registrations Now Open!

Event details: Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop – June 2018

Registrations for our next Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on are now open!

Are you brand new to the dance or been dancing for a few weeks and want to get all the fundamentals down? Or have you learned one role and want to try the other? This workshop is for you!

We’ve built this workshop around what we think are the most useful things to learn and practice for the social dancefloor. Over the weekend we’ll cover the foundational concepts and moves that, one you’ve got them safely in your muscle memory, will give you plenty to do when social dancing straight away as well as set you up to learn some of the more complex and fancier things in the future.

Come and learn with us!

When: Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July
Where: Crags Leisure Centre on Saturday, Wash Bar on Sunday
Price: £30 standard/£25 concession for 6 hours of lessons

Register here: https://edinbopbegjun2018.dancecamps.org/booking.php


Summer Swing Smorgasbord

For the whole month of June we are going to be mixing it up in the Monday Balboa slot with an array of taster classes exploring Bal’s closest dance relatives.

On the 4th June we will be slowing it way down to do some Laminu with Jamie and Katie, of EUSDS fame will be guiding us through this close hold dance.

On the 11th June we will be kicking it up a notch with Becca and Adam putting us through our paces in St. Louis Shag.

On the 18th June, Finn and Christine will be giving us a crash course in Peabody (hopefully featuring no actual crashes).

And on 25th June, Jamie and Katie will be back to introduce us to Bal-trot (at 7pm) and Swing Walk (at 8pm).  Please note, some experience of balboa basics and come-arounds is recommended for Bal-trot, but no experience required for Swing Walk!

Each will be a two hour class (7-9pm) at our usual venue (Boteco do Brasil), followed by an hour of social dancing with a mix of music.  As usual, no partner or experience required (except for Bal-trot), but bring your friends anyway.