In the coming weeks, you will notice Edinbop committee members wearing “Safer Spaces” badges. We think they’re pretty cute. But there is another reason we’re wearing them; we want you to know that Edinbop is somewhere you can feel safe.
See, we’ve been having a lot of conversations on safety lately. These were prompted by the revelation that an international lindy teacher had been preying on women in the dance community. Dancers such as him are rare, and not a reflection of the dance community as a whole. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
We have an obligation to our community to ensure it is filled with respect, safety, and consent. That can’t happen unless we take an active role in promoting a safe environment for all dancers.
1. Our website has a new “Safer Spaces” section: http://www.edinbop.co.uk/safer-spaces/
This section will be filled with resources on consent and on ways you can help make our dance community somewhere everyone can feel welcome.
2. Edinbop dance floors are “Safer Spaces”, and we want everyone to know it. Edinbop’s Code of Conduct will now be placed on the ticket table for novice and experienced dancers alike to look at.
3. We have designated Safer Spaces representatives. Please reach out to Josephine Cahill, Ellen Mears, or Rob Armitage (or any other committee member you feel comfortable with) if you ever need to talk. You will be treated with respect and sensitivity. All conversations are completely confidential. The representatives’ contact information may now be found on Edinbop’s website.
Let’s continue this conversation. Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org with how we can make our dance community even safer, together.
Just a reminder that special guest teach, Reeva Bradley from San Francisco, will be in Edinburgh for the next two weeks. After a Facebook vote on class topics, the winners are Isolations and layering this week and Flash in Small Spaces on the 29th March. Keep in touch with all things Tuesday Night Spoonful on the FB group.
In April, we have Julie and Carolyn teaching together – come on down and see what they’ve got in store!
The Spoonful 2016, June 30- July 3
If you want to immerse yourself in the blues, here’s your chance. The Spoonful returns to Edinburgh for the second bite with 3 days of workshops and 4 nights of parties – and it’s all right on your doorstep!
Local dancers Leigh, Shell and Sigga are striving to make this the friendliest, most awesome event they can; taking their combined 18 years of blues experience and their favourite things from the hundreds of events they’ve been to, and packing all that goodness plus a whole lotta love into a four day festival that celebrates everything that makes blues dancing so special.
The Spoonful is all about traditional blues music, excellent classes from the most fun and talented teachers, competitions so welcoming that everybody can take part, and bringing the blues community together for one helluva party in our home of Scotland.
There’s an open call for Taster Classes, which closes at the end of March. If you want to share a bit of your passion at the event, send a title and short description (under 300 words) and what level it would suit (if applicable) to email@example.com and make it quick!
With our last classes of 2015 taking place on 8th December (Blues) and 9th December (Lindy Hop and Balboa), we’re all looking forward to a break over Christmas. But we know that you’re all itching to find out when we start back too.
Blues – Tuesday 12th January 2016 at The Newsroom
Lindy Hop – Wednesday 6th January 2016 at the Counting House
Balboa – Wednesday 6th January 2016 at the Counting House
Through the autumn Edinbop is offering you the opportunity to learn to dance. So for those of you who want take your first steps on the dancefloor, or are tempted to learn something new, you’re in luck! We’ve got, not one, but TWO Beginners Weekends coming up!
It’s only £25 for each weekend (£20 for students) and, to sweeten the deal even more, if you book for both, you get a £5 discount on each!!
So tell your friends, family, colleagues and partners and register today!
For more about the Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th October check out the Facebook page.
Starting on 7th October and running through to the end of November is a new block of Balboa Fundamentals classes suitable for total beginners as well as people who have been coming for a while!
As usual, these start at 8pm with an hour of class.
The two month block will be progressive and students are encouraged to start in the first week of October and come to classes consecutively to allow everyone to build on what they learn. Please note, complete beginners must start in the first two weeks of the course.
Classes will be taught by Kym and Terssa in October, with Carsten and Sarah in November.
Edinbop’s Winter Cabaret is Back 28th Jan! This is always a fun night out and a great way to introduce friends and family to the dance scene. If you have a hidden talent and would like to perform email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anything goes but please keep the acts less than 4 MIN. We’re already looking forward to all the amazing stuff people will be doing this year!
Coming up this November we have the fabulous Katharina and Piotrek teaching beginners and improvers lindy! Ever seen everyone get up and do a cool routine at the same time? Well, in November you have the chance to learn one. Kat and Piotrek will be teaching the Tranky Doo in the improvers slot over the course of 2 weeks so you can join in too, it’ll great fun!