Ever wanted to learn Shag (Collegiate!)?

04.05.14

Edinburgh University Swing Dance Society will be starting a beginners’ Collegiate Shag course on Monday evenings from 28 April.
7:15 to 8:00pm in Potterrow Venue, Bristo Square.
All welcome  (just turn up) but please start in Week 1 or 2 of the course.
More info from
http://swing.eusa.ed.ac.uk/ or from the EUSDS Facebook page.

Blues News

03.03.14

Sebastian returns to the Tuesday Night Spoonful, and the onerous task of keeping him in line this month falls to Julie Rodor – it may be “dangerous”! We’ll be at the Newsroom (Leith St) at the regular times of 7pm (Beginners), 8pm (Improvers), and 9-11pm social dancing.

We also have 2 fantastic events on our doorstep in the next few months, with registrations open now!

Livin’ the Blues (May 1-5) – Scotland’s travelling not-for-profit Blues dancing festival is in the jewel of the Highlands in 2014! With spots still available and an incredible and unmissable line up of teachers and attendees, you’d be crazy not to go! Inverness – it’s closer than you think! http://www.livintheblues.co.uk/

Bluez Cruize (July 11-13)This is one blues dance exchange not to be missed! Featuring a couple of boats, live music every night including Dan Nash, amazing parties and more. In it’s third year, organised by the founder Helen Cheney, Leigh Anderson and Erin Maguire, so triple the goodness! It’s a small and brilliant event so book early to avoid disappointment. http://www.bluezcruize.co.uk/

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Edinbop’s Big Music Day – 12 April – Bookings now open!

02.12.14

Edinbop are pleased to announce that BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN for the Big Music Day with Glenn Crytzer!

Extra places have been added for the workshop! Book here  http://bigmusicday.dancecamps.org/booking.php

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Saturday 12 April 2014 is Edinbop’s Big Music Day:

~ Understanding the music with the one and only Glenn Crytzer; one of the swing scene’s foremost bandleaders (11am-5pm)

“This workshop will give you a foundation in the music, an understanding of the history and different styles, and tools you can use to help you listen more carefully and delve more deeply into the music. Opening up your ears steps your dancing up a level – instantly.” (Glenn)

~ And of course there will be a night of dancing (8pm – late) – featuring for the first time a live BATTLE OF THE BANDS with The New Pheonix Jazz Band vs. The Maid of the Forth Stompers!!! Let’s get our dancing shoes on!~

Prices:
Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (non-student) – £25
Workshop + Battle of the Bands Ticket (student) – £20
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought in advance) – £12
Battle of the Bands Ticket Only (bought on the door) – £15

For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/623722927690624/

Intermediate course – SOLD OUT

02.01.14

You gotta be fast to get a space with the Intermediate Lindy course – but never fear – there will be another 6 week course later in the year… keep your eyes peeled!

Blues News

02.01.14

Blues with Helen and Craig in February – with a slight time change

The gorgeous Helen Cheney and Craig Thomson (tall… handsome… local!) will be delivering our Tuesday Blues fix throughout February at the Newsroom. Please note a CHANGE OF TIME; everything is going to start 30 mins later than usual so that’s beginners at 7:30pm, Improvers at 8:30pm and social from 9:30pm.

We’re also having a blues social dance at The Wash Bar on the Mound on Thursday 20th February (8pm-1am). This is a one off special (for the moment…) and we’ll be hanging out in the main bar – everyone’s welcome so bring your friends!

The night will be a nice warm up for anyone attending EUSDS’s University of Swing on the 21st-23rd Feb!

Cat Foley in Edinburgh! (private lessons available)

01.13.14

We’re super excited that Cat Foley is spending a couple of days in Edinburgh!

About Cat: Cat started Lindy Hopping many moons ago at Newcastle University, and has since gone on to create the Liverpool based company, Mersey Swing. This year she took a 6 month teacher training internship with Swing Step Heidelberg, danced around Europe for a bit and then skipped across the pond to experience dancing and competing at the biggest events in the USA. Cat is known for her infectiously fun dancing and teaching. She wears her heart on her sleeve and aims to inspire her students and those she social dances with to do the same.

Check out her dancing:
http://youtu.be/rWKNm_VBgks
http://youtu.be/L-bvi2hSRAM
 http://youtu.be/nBEcGzVBaZI

If you want to catch her classes, come along to the following….

28th January, Tuesday Night Spoonful
Cat will be teaching the classes from 7pm, and will be introducing us to her very own brand of solo blues. Suitable for all levels.

29th January, Wednesday Shoe Swing Cabaret Night
Cat will be teaching both the beginners Lindy Hop class(7pm) and Improvers (8pm). The improvers lesson will be an introduction to performance, and is a must for anyone who is performing that night, or anyone who has ever thought about performing in front of the crowd. Cat is one of the most engaging, entertaining, and hilarious performers on the swing dance scene today – come and discover how she does it!

Cat will also be offering private lessons during the day on Tuesday (3-6pm, Teviot Debating Hall) and Wednesday (2.30 – 4.30 pm, Teviot Debating Hall). For those who want to dip their toes in, Cat is offering 30 minute privates for £20, and for those who would like a full hour, £35. To book a private lesson, just email Cat: cat.foley@live.co.uk. Private lessons are fantastic for all levels, but especially if one or more of the following points apply to you: – you’re feeling a bit bored and stuck with your dancing and don’t know how to change it – you’re not improving as quickly as you used to – you want to work on something specific, e.g. a move, technique point, fast dancing… – you wish group lessons could go into more details on technique – you want personal feedback on your strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions on how to make dancing even more fun for you your partner! They may seem more expensive than group lessons at first glance, but they give you material to work on for months, and usually result in significant improvement!

Free Blues classes in January!

01.06.14

Happy New Year folks! The Tuesday Night Spoonful is back tomorrow night from 7pm at the Newsroom with Shell Davies! Beginners classes are free for the first 3 weeks so it’s the perfect time to try out some bluesy moves – or persuade your friends to try something new…

Weekly Drop-in Blues Dancing @The Newsroom (downstairs)
5-11 Leith St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3AT
Beginners 7pm-8pm
Improvers 8pm-9pm
Social dancing 9pm-11pm

Prices
One dance class – £4.50 / £3.50 concession
Social dancing – £2

Final blues class of 2013 with Andrew Smith! – 17/12/13

12.16.13

Attention all blues dancers and potential blues dancers! This Tuesday (17th Dec), international teacher -Andrew Smith- will be joining the Tuesday Night Spoonful to teach both the beginners (7pm) and Intermediate (8pm) blues classes. It’s our last class this year and DJ Craig will be taking us out with a bang with 2 hours of social dancing from 9pm. You do not want to miss this so head on down to The Newsroom (Leith Street)! Find out more about Andrew here: http://www.andrewsmithdance.com/

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday 12 April 2014 is Edinbop’s Big Music Day

12.16.13

~ Understanding the music with the one and only Glenn Crytzer; one of the swing scene’s foremost bandleaders.

“This workshop will give you a foundation in the music, an understanding of the history and different styles, and tools you can use to help you listen more carefully and delve more deeply into the music. Opening up your ears steps your dancing up a level – instantly.” (Glenn)

~ And of course there will be a night of dancing – featuring for the first time a live BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!! Let’s get our dancing shoes on!~

More details to follow…

New committee for 2014

12.02.13

Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM on 1 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 here

The Chairperson’s report is available here and the Financial Summary is available here.

We now have a new Edinbop committee for 2014. The new committee is:

Alison (Ali) Jeffrey
Anna Plant
Sebastian Sandoval Similä
Leigh Anderson
Bryony Jackson
Jack Lavender
Daniel Roger
Martyn Tunstall
Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir

A massive thanks again to Shell Davies and Sarah Bax who stepped down this year after making a huge impact on the Edinburgh dance scene during their time on the committee.