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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

£2.50

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!


Shoe Swing Live Band Night featuring The Foo Birds

You asked for more live music, and we are only too happy to oblige!

The Foo Birds will return for the social dance on the 15th April. The price for the social is as normal (£3), but if you want to show your appreciation for live music, there will be a tip jar for a suggested donation of £3 that will go directly to our lovely band.

All classes will run as normal:

Main Room
7pm-8pm Beginners Lindy Hop
8pm-9pm Improvers Lindy Hop
9pm-11pm Social dancing with the Foo Birds

Second Room
7pm-8pm Improvers Balboa
8pm-9pm Beginners Balboa

Prices
One dance class – £5.50 / £4.50 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 / £8 concessions
Social dancing – £3 (What a bargain!) Free if you take a class


Beginners Weekend Workshop

On Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March, 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 22 March (included in your ticket price if you attend a class).

See who else is going on the Facebook event and book your place today!

This is event is now fully booked. Any new bookings received will be placed on a waiting list.


Safety at Edinbop – New Code of Conduct

With January came our annual Cabaret, the highlight of the Edinbop calendar! Thank you to everyone who came along and to our performers for their superb acts this year.

Sadly, January also brought some shocking news about sexual assault within the international swing dancing community, which has made us take a close look at how we promote safety in our scene.

Our new Code of Conduct outlines what is and isn’t appropriate in Edinbop classes or events.  While most of it should be common sense, we ask that you give it a read anyway. These statements apply to everyone, whether you’re a leader or follower, beginner or founding member.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions on our Code of Conduct, or any other matter, please feel free to contact us.


Don’t stop shufflin’!

We hope you all had an awesome time at the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend and that you’ll be heading to the next Balboa Brunch on Saturday 21 February at the Wash Bar to practice your new moves!

Our fantastic local Balboa teacher, Jason Roseweir, caught Mickey & Kelly’s amazing demo dance in this video from the Saturday night, featuring the wonderful Rose Room:

Thank you to all our inspirational teachers (Mickey, Kelly, Jason and Christi) and to everyone who volunteered their time to help make the weekend a great success!
If you have any specific feedback on the big weekend event, or would be interested in helping out with organising any future Balboa events, please do let us know by emailing info@edinbop.co.uk.

Our neighbours at Caledonian Balboa have also just opened bookings for the Edinburgh Balboa Exchange, Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May! Places are going fast, so book quickly and take advantage of the early bird discount (ends Monday 23 February).

Keep on shufflin’!


Balboa, Balboa, Balboa

Everyone’s talking about Balboa at the start of this year!

If you hadn’t already heard, we’ve got FREE beginners classes in Balboa throughout January (8pm on Wednesdays at the Counting House) in the run up to the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend with international Balboa teachers Mickey and Kelly at the end of the month.

It’s not too late to register for the big event, but if you’ve already got daytime plans, why not come along to the three social dances at Stockbridge House, Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB?

  • Welcome Dance
    Friday 30 January, from 8:30pm – late, only £5 entrance
  • Main Social Dance
    Saturday 31 January, from 8pm – late, £10 entrance
  • Tea Dance
    Sunday 1 February, from 3:30 – 5pm, £3 entrance

Special bargain price of £15 if you attend all three socials! Just pay on the door for any of the social dances.

And if that’s not enough Balboa for you, there’s the wonderful Balboa Brunch on Saturday 21 February so you can continue practicing all your new moves from Mickey and Kelly.

See you shufflin’ on the dancefloor!


Edinbop AGM and New Committee

Merry Christmas to you all!

We hope you’re enjoying the festive season and would like to thank everyone who came along to the AGM on Wednesday 10 December! We got lots of feedback from people and we hope to take forward lots of your ideas in the New Year.

If you couldn’t make it to the AGM but would like to give feedback or share ideas, please fill out the survey – it’s open until Thursday 1 January 2015.

Documents from the AGM are available for you to view:

We also now have a new Edinbop committee for 2015:

Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir
Leigh Anderson
Bryony Jackson
Martyn Tunstall
Rachel Ryan
Nina Schildhauer
Katharina Rueberg

We’d like to give a massive thanks again to Alison (Ali) Jeffrey, Daniel Rodger, Sebastian Sandoval Similä, Anna Plant, and Jack Lavender who stepped down this year. They’ve been a fantastic influence on the Edinburgh dance scene during their time on the committee.


Christmas Break

We hope you’re all enjoying the Christmas cheer that this month brings with it! A reminder that we’ll be breaking for the festive season – Tuesday 9 December is the last Tuesday Night Spoonful and and Wednesday 10 December (our AGM night) is the last nights Wednesday Night Shoeswing of 2015.

But don’t worry! Blues will be back on Tuesday 6 January and Shoeswing returns on Wednesday 7 January.

Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook group for any info about other dance events throughout December.
Hope to see you all on the dancefloor! Happy holiadys!