Instructors

Edinbop has a variety of instructors from the Edinburgh scene who volunteer their time to teach people to dance Lindy Hop, Blues and Balboa.

Many of our teachers are available for private lessons – these can be for individuals, couples, small groups, or for special events such as hen parties. Some teachers are also available for longer workshops and weekend events. Please email info@edinbop.co.uk for their contact details.

 


Shell Davies

Michelle DJing

Dancing since: 2005
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop and Blues
Available for: Workshops, private lessons, and DJing

Shell caught the dancing bug back in 2005 after being invited along by some work colleagues to try some dancing at ESDS and has been hooked ever since. She was one of the founding committee members of Edinbop back in 2006 and was one the first blues dancing teachers involved in the Scotland scene’s early formation. Since then she has been a teacher of both lindy hop (often with her regular partner Tim Bayman) and blues at Edinbop and afar. She is also an eager collector of swing and blues and you can find her regularly DJing at local and international events.

Shell is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Kayleigh Ellis

Dancing since: 2011Kayleigh dancing with Rob
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

Kayleigh started dancing in 2011 when she stumbled upon her university’s swing dance society. Realising it was full of lovely people having the best time, she got slightly hooked (or more like completely obsessed). A year abroad in Seattle, spending more time dancing that studying, cemented Kayleigh’s love of following, and most of all, swivels. Although Kayleigh has been a member of performance groups, most of all she loves lindy hop as a social dance, and likes to focus in class on technique that will give followers what they need to work in partnership with their lead, and the confidence to bring their own style to the dance.

Photo by Jason Roseweir

Kayleigh is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Rob Armitage

Dancing since: 2008Rob derping on the dancefloor with Ellen
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Blues (and getting into Collegiate Shag and Balboa)
Available for: Workshops and private lessons (in Lindy Hop), choreography and performances, and DJing

Rob started dancing Lindy Hop while at Leeds University and has enjoyed being on the social dancefloor ever since. After moving to Edinburgh in 2015, he got to know the community and instantly felt like he belonged. Now, he teaches Lindy Hop regularly for Edinbop and other groups in the city, as well as at events around Scotland and England. Rob truly appreciates having the opportunity to learn dances like Blues, Shag and Balboa with such a wonderful group of people.

Photo by Kit Carruthers

Rob is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Ewan Duncan

Ewan dancing

Dancing since: 2014
Favourite styles: Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

After convincing his flatmate to bring him along to blues dance classes Ewan very quickly became obsessed. He has now danced the blues every week since September 2014. He is an avid solo dancer and loves all kinds of blues music, from Jazz to Country to Latin. Ewan values good connection in his dancing overall; with the music, the self, the ground and within the partnership. He aims to bring this across in his teaching.

Ewan is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Kym Eden

Kym dancing

Dancing since: 2008
Favourite styles: Balboa, Blues, Peabody, Lindy Hop, Quickstep
Available for: Private lessons in Balboa and Blues

After several years amidst the glitz of Ballroom and Latin, Kym was finally seduced in 2009 by Blues, Balboa, and the joys of social dancing. Ever since then, he has been actively teaching both styles in the hopes of getting more people to join the fun.

Kym is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Jess Lugsdin

Jess dancing

Dancing since: 2015
Favourite styles: Blues, Shag, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

Jess started swing dancing in 2015 when she fell in with an excellent bunch of people in Newcastle. She hasn’t really stopped since, and has lost many hours of sleep dancing to live music instead. She loves Blues, Lindy, Shag, Solo Jazz, and is working on her Balboa. In a previous life Jess was a gymnastics coach for 10 years, and a cheerleading coach for 2. She now teaches Blues and Lindy Hop regularly in Edinburgh and Collegiate Shag at workshops locally and further afield. When not swing dancing, learning, or teaching she can be found dancing to all kinds of live music at festivals and gigs, or dancing in the kitchen as a last resort.

Photo by Kit Carruthers

Jess is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Ellen Mears

Dancing since: 2012Ellen performing with Rob
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Charleston, 20s Charleston
Available for: Workshops, private lessons, choreography, and performances

Ellen started her swing dance journey in 2012 while studying at university in Leeds. Having never stepped foot on a dancefloor except for the occasional boogie to 80s power ballads, she was not perhaps the most natural of dancers. Nonetheless, Ellen persisted and today she focuses on breaking down the movement and mechanics that make the dance possible, doing so in a way that enables dancers of any ability to get the most out of their dancing. She also aims to remove the stress and anxiety from social dancing, hoping to making swing dancing accessible to all.

Ellen is also a member of the Edinbop committee.


Catherine Ainscoe

Dancing since: 2007Catherine dancing
Favourite styles: Balboa

After a few years of Scottish country dancing, Catherine discovered swing dancing in 2007. She took my first balboa class in 2009 and was hooked. After a break from teaching whilst living abroad, she is delighted to be back teaching for Edinbop!


Rebecca Brouwers

Dancing since: 2013Rebecca teaching with Adam
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

Rebecca has loved dancing from an early age and can’t stop grooving if there’s a good beat going. After a few years without dancing she started lindy hopping at university after trying to find an open welcoming dance class, to get those feet moving again! Once her partner Adam discovered Collegiate Shag she got swept along by his enthusiasm and quickly fell in love with it too. Rebecca loves to sprinkle her classes with joy and grooviness, along with a good pinch of technique, and (like Adam) is particularly keen on encouraging more people to dance both Collegiate and St Louis Shag.


 Greg Dyke

Dancing since: 2010Greg dancing solo
Favourite styles: Blues, Lindy Hop, Balboa
Available for: Workshops and private lessons (particularly in partnership with Jess Feldbauer)

Greg loves how dancing brings out the best in everyone, and he tries to contribute to that by teaching locally and across the UK and Europe. He value comfortable dancing and musical partnered expression. Greg’s teaching emphasises good body mechanics, simple explanations, and helping people become the dancer they want to be, rather than imposing the One True Way. He only has about three flashy moves and mostly never use them.


Jess Feldbauer

Dancing since: 2004Jess letting her (facial) hair down
Favourite styles: Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons (particularly in partnership with Greg Dyke)

Jess was introduced to East Coast Swing in 2004, but it took until 2009 for her to meet the dance-love of her life: Blues. After dancing across the world, Jess began teaching Blues dancing in 2013 and has since taught in the U.S., the Caribbean, France, Switzerland and throughout the UK. She is passionate about the artistry and mechanics of leading and following and about using happy, integrated body movement to create an even more enjoyable dance experience, which is evident in her teaching. Jess values comfort, playfulness and joint expression in her dances.


Ray Finlayson

Dancing since: 2012Ray dancing solo
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Blues, Charleston
Available for: Private lessons, performances, choreography, DJing

After seeing a crowd of people swing dancing, Ray decided to investigate this joy-inducing activity they were all doing. He went to a lesson, and that was all he needed to get hooked. Since then he has only sought to dance as much as he can, whether it be in Edinburgh, or some far off country. He loves musicality and believes first and foremost that dancing should be fun for all involved. You’ll likely find him on the dancefloor, dancing in the DJ booth, or teaching classes both locally and internationally.

Photo by Kit Carruthers


Adam Harries

Dancing since: 2013Adam dancing shag with Rebecca
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag
Available for: Workshops and private lessons (and especially keen on the latter for Collegiate & St Louis Shag)

Adam has played jazz for many years, but it was only at university (at the suggestion of Rebecca), that he tried dancing to it. Together, they checked out the “Lindy Hop” and have been hooked on swing dance ever since. After a chance encounter at a swing festival in 2015, Adam also discovered Collegiate Shag, and very quickly fell in love with it. Adam loves mixing technicality and musicality in his classes, and is particularly keen on spreading the good word of SHAG – both Collegiate, and more recently, St Louis.


Carsten Hermann

Dancing since: 2009Carsten on the social dance floor
Favourite styles: Balboa, Lindy Hop

Dancing Lindy Hop since more than a decade, Carsten is focusing today on his real dance passion, Balboa. Carsten started this dance in 2009 and has attended many international dance events and workshops over the years. He is particularly interested in dancing socially and in teaching this skill to other dancers, regardless of prior experience.


Bryony Jackson

Dancing since: 2012Bryony on the social dancefloor
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop

One of Edinbop’s regular class teachers, Lindy Hop is where Bryony gets most of her kicks – both as a lead and a follow. Bryony has been teaching for a few years, and her favourite thing is seeing a student catch the bug! She loves helping Edinburgh’s local dance scene grow and is always up for a social dance. Bryony also dabbles in Collegiate Shag, Balboa and occasionally Blues.


Carolyn Ladda

Dancing since: 2012
Favourite styles: Balboa, Blues

Carolyn’s love of dancing started with social ballroom and latin back during school and undergrad. Then she moved to Edinburgh and discovered Swing and Blues. Teaching those has been a surprise to her, but she has enjoyed it immensely so far.

Photo by Bryony Jackson


Lee Paterson

Dancing since: 2000Lee dancing with Seema
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Jitterbug, 20s Charleston, Solo Charleston, Jazz routines
Available for: Private lessons, performances, choreography, re-enactment events, and DJing

Lee found a passion for Swing Dance in 2000 and he has been teaching and performing, throughout the UK and Europe, with his wife Seema since 2002. They also run their own weekly Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag classes in Edinburgh through their Jump Time dance group and have had the privilege of organising and performing at a considerable number of events over the years. They ensure their classes are always fun with an emphasis on styling, musicality, individuality and a healthy dose of dance history (thrown in for good measure).

You can also contact Lee through his Jump Time group on Facebook.


Seema Paterson

Dancing since: 2000Seema performing with Lee
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Jitterbug, 20s Charleston, Jazz routines
Available for: Private lessons, performances, and re-enactment events

Seema has always loved vintage music and clothing and learning to swing dance added to the whole passion for that era. She have been teaching swing dance with her husband and dance partner Lee since 2002. They also run their own weekly Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag classes in Edinburgh through their Jump Time dance group. Seema tries to pass on her love and enjoyment of Swing Dance in her classes and above all make sure her students have fun. Watching the happy faces of all the people they have taught over the years is the reason they still do it and love it so much!

You can also contact Seema through her Jump Time group on Facebook.


Rosie Peters

Dancing since: 2014Rosie competing with Ray
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Blues
Available for: Private lessons, and performances

Rosie started swing dancing in 2014 but has been dancing since she was 4. She started out dancing tap, ballet and modern jazz, before moving on to choreography at university. Once she moved to Edinburgh, she took up many types of Scottish dancing, as well as Salsa and Balfolk (European folk dancing), before catching the swing bug! When teaching, she loves to focus on musicality and partner connection, and above all injecting in as much fun as possible!

Photo by Rhi Myfanwy Kirkland


Julie Rodor

Dancing since: 2011Julie dancing blues on the social dancefloor
Favourite styles: Blues, Balboa, Lindy Hop

Julie started swing dancing with Lindy Hop in 2011, and discovered Blues and Balboa one year later. She rapidly fell in love with Blues dancing, Blues music… and a Blues musician. Julie has learned in Edinburgh but also by attending many workshops all over Europe. She enjoys teaching Blues dancing in Edinburgh, and particularly likes to work on close embrace connection, micro-blues, flow, and momentum, all within a switch class format where everybody learns to both lead and follow. She also enjoys fusion dancing as she loves to combine different styles of dancing such as Blues and Tango.

Photo by Kit Carruthers


Sebastian Sandoval Similä

Dancing since: 2005Seb DJing
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

Seb started dancing when he started university, and has been hooked ever since. From the start he has enjoyed dancing different styles, and found that exploring the similarities and differences between them have greatly benefitted his dancing. Seb enjoys sharing the joys of dancing, almost as much as he likes a good pun. He primarily teaches Blues dancing, with the occasional Lindy Hop class.

Photo by Sigridur Vala Gunnarsdottir


Craig Thomson

Dancing since: 2007Craig dancing
Favourite styles: Lindy Hop, Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

Craig started learning Blues and Lindy Hop at the same time and has been trying to figure them out ever since. He teaches Blues and the occasional bit of Lindy Hop and likes to focus on connection and communication between partners in the dance.

Photo by Søren Bjørn-Andersen

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