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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!


We’re looking for your feedback!

In the run-up to the AGM on Wednesday 10 December, we’d really appreciate it if you could spend just a few minutes to complete this survey on our classes, socials, and events – your feedback will help to shape Edinbop’s plan for 2015, so don’t miss this chance to let us know what you want to see in the scene!

More information about the AGM is available on our website.


Shoe Swing Christmas Special and AGM

On Wednesday 10 December, it’s our very special Christmas Shoe Swing – we’ve got an awesome night planned with live music from Alison Affleck as part of our AGM, at no extra cost!

As some of our lovely Committee members are stepping down, we’re looking for the most enthusiastic members of the Edinbop community to come forward. Do you have great ideas for swing dancing events in Edinbop that you want to see become a reality? Want to increase our public engagement, help build our new website, provide more opportunities for live music, or just keen to get involved with the day-to-day running of Edinbop? Join the Committee, and you can make it happen! Email info@edinbop.co.uk for more details.

Classes will run as normal from 7pm – 9pm, followed by the AGM, live music and social dancing.


Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015 – Bookings now Open

Bookings now open

We are delighted to announce that Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault will be back for the Edinburgh Balboa Weekend 2015!

The weekend will run from 30th Jan to 1st Feb 2015 and includes:
– Intermediate level and above workshops, with Mickey and Kelly, on the Saturday and Sunday. As in 2014 we will have an additional Advanced level class on the Sunday morning.
– Improvers level workshop with local teachers on the Saturday.
– Social dances: Friday Welcome Party. Saturday Dance with live music from the Rose Room. Then the Sunday Tea Dance to wrap things up .

Sign up now. Don’t miss an awesome weekend!

More details here or at the event’s facebook page


Edinbop AGM & Committee Nominations

Do you have great ideas for swing dancing events in Edinbop that you want to see become a reality? Want to increase our public engagement, help build our new website, provide more opportunities for live music, or just keen to get involved with the day-to-day running of Edinbop?
Join the Committee, and you can make it happen!

We’re preparing for our AGM in December, so we’re looking for the most enthusiastic members of the Edinbop community to come forward.

Maybe you want to gain experience in running events, or perhaps you have skills in finance or design that could support the Edinbop community? If you know someone who’s interested in joining the Committee or want more details on how to get involved, email info@edinbop.co.uk.

Edinbop will be subsidising the event to encourage you to come to the AGM – more details on the December event to follow soon…