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Edinbop’s All-Dances August

Edinbop is taking over the LifeCare Centre again this August! Every Thursday in August we’ll have one all-levels class (7.30–8.30pm) followed by an all-dances social dance (8.30–10.15pm) where our talented local DJs will play music for all of the dance styles that we do here at Edinbop: Blues, Balboa, Slow Bal, Solo Jazz, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and St Louis shag.

The all-levels class is suitable for any level of blues/swing dancer, whether you’re completely new or you’ve been dancing for years. All classes are drop-in and all are welcome; no partner necessary. See our calendar for more details.


World Lindy Hop Day 2019

With World Lindy Hop Day (WLHD) fast approaching, we are celebrating the incredible life, passion, and energy of original Lindy Hopper, Frankie Manning. Edinbop will be hosting a free social dance, with DJ sets specifically themed around the music originally played in the Savoy Ballroom.

Edinbop dancers celebrating WLHD 21018

WLHD falls on Frankie’s birthday, 26th May, and is celebrated by Lindy Hoppers worldwide to remember one of the founders of the dance we love. One thing Frankie is always remembered for was his attitude towards dancing and towards everyone he danced with. The Frankie Manning Foundation has put together a wonderful graphic promoting the values Frankie brought to Lindy Hop:

 

We highly recommend that our dancers dig into Lindy Hop history and read up on Frankie’s life.

Here’s a short list to start you off:

The Frankie Manning Foundation – a charity dedicated to carrying on the work of Frankie Manning to spread the joy of Lindy Hop throughout the world.

Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop – Frankie Manning’s autobiography.

Why Frankie. – a post from the swing dance blog Swungover*.

Hellzapoppin’ – perhaps the best-known clip of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, from the 1941 film Hellzapoppin’. This version was recently uploaded in 1080p HD by Atillo Menéndez. Frankie can be seen wearing a mechanics outfit, dancing with Ann Johnson.


Monday Nights – Shag Takeover

Edinbop is pleased to announce a Collegiate Shag takeover of Monday nights!

For the month of February, Monday nights are being shaken up a little with Collegiate Shag classes from Rebecca, Adam, and Murray – some of the best Shag dancers in Scotland.

Lessons will be flipped around from their usual schedule, meaning that Fundamentals starts at 7pm, and Improvers will begin at 8pm. Improvers will follow on directly from the Fundamentals lesson – meaning anyone who attends the Fundamentals class is welcome to jump in and give it a try.

Venue:

Boteco do Brasil, Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB.

Prices:

One dance class – £6 // £5 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 // £8 concessions

Social:

9pm – 10pm, with music suitable for Balboa, Shag, and other fast swing dances.
£3, or included in the price of a class.


Lindy Hop Beginners Workshop – Sign Ups NOW OPEN

Edinbop’s Lindy Hop Beginners Workshop is back!

Learn to dance this classic swing dance over two days,  going from the very basics to social dancing with confidence! This workshop with Ellen and Rob will focus on good fun, good technique and good moves (and at a good price too – £30/£25 concession for 6 hours of lessons!).

Dates: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 February

Venue: The Counting House, Edinburgh city centre

 

More information can be found on our calendar or Facebook event.

Register here!


Blues Beginners Workshop – Registration now OPEN!

Thinking of a dance-related New Years resolution? This is the perfect opportunity to put it into practice!

Edinbop are running a Blues Beginners Workshop on the 19th January, with the wonderful Jess and Greg teaching the basics of this complex family of dances. Whether you are new to Blues or already confident, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a solid grasp of basics such as connection, and introduce fun to your dancing.

There will also be a party in the evening with live music from Cat Loud.

Find more information on our events calendar.


Christmas Break

Edinbop’s Christmas break starts this week. Balboa and Lindy Hop classes have already finished, and Blues will finish on the 18th December.

All classes and socials will start up again on the week beginning the 7th January.

Merry Christmas to all of our dancers from the Edinbop committee!


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!