Instructors

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

Some teachers are available for workshops, hen parties and private lessons. Please email info@edinbop.co.uk for their contact details.

 


 

Michelle DJingShell Davies

Dancing since: 2005
Favourite swing dance style(s): Lindy Hop and Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

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.


 

Kym Eden

Dancing since: 2008
Favourite swing dance style(s): Balboa, blues, lindy hop
Available for: Available to teach small groups/couples/individuals of all levels who want to learn to dance creatively (solo or partner).

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


Leigh Anderson

Dancing since: 2011
Favourite Styles: All the Blues
Available for: Workshops and private lessons

I discovered partner dancing 4 years ago and have been madly in love with the blues ever since; and I’m lucky enough to get to teach, organise and DJ at events around the UK and Europe.

Photo by Jonas Nygren


Seema PatersonSeema Paterson

Dancing since: 2000
Favourite swing dance style(s): Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Jitterbug, 1920’s Charleston, Jazz routines
Available for: Group/Private lessons, performance and re-enactment events

I have always loved vintage music and clothing and learning to swing dance added to the whole passion for that era. I have been teaching swing dance with my husband and dance partner Lee since 2002. We have also run our monthly swing dance event called Jump Time since 2006. I try to pass on my love and enjoyment of Swing Dance in my classes and above all make sure our students have fun.  Watching the happy faces of all the people we have taught over the years is the reason we still do it and love it so much!

You can also contact Seema through the Fly Right Dance Company.

 


 

Lee PatersonLee Paterson

Dancing since: 2000
Favourite swing dance style(s): Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, 20’s Partner/Solo Charleston, Jazz Routines
Available for: Group/Private tuition, Performance, Swing Dance Choreography, Re-enactment events, DJing.

I found a passion for Swing Dance in 2000 and I’ve been teaching and performing, throughout the UK and Europe, with my wife Seema since 2002. We have run our monthly Swing Dance Social Jump Time in Edinburgh since 2006 and have had the privilege of organising and performing at a considerable number of events over the years. We ensure our 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 the Fly Right Dance Company.

 


Craig Thomson

Dancing since: 2007
Favourite swing dance style(s): Lindy Hop and 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


Julie Rodor

Julie Rodor

Dancing since: September 2011
Favourite swing dance style(s): Blues, Balboa and Lindy Hop

I started swing dancing with Lindy Hop in 2011 and discovered Blues, one year later. I rapidly fell in love with Blues dancing, Blues music… and a Blues musician. I have learned in Edinburgh but also by attending many workshops all over Europe. I have been teaching Blues for a year and I like to work on close embrace connection, micro-blues, flow and momentum. I like to teach switch classes where everybody learns to both lead and follow. I also enjoy fusion dancing as I love to combine different styles of dancing such as Blues and Tango.

Photo by Bryony Jackson


Carolyn Ladda

Carolyn Ladda

Dancing since: 2012 (partner dancing on and off since 2003)
Favourite swing dance style(s): Blues and Balboa

My love of dancing started with social ballroom and latin back during school and my undergrad. Then I moved to Edinburgh and discovered Swing and Blues. Teaching those has been a surprise but I’ve enjoyed it immensely so far.

Photo by Bryony Jackson


 

Jason RosewierJason Roseweir

Dancing since: March 2010
Favourite swing dance style(s): Balboa
Available for: Private classes

Jason has been dancing Balboa for 4 years, although he first started with Lindy Hop. Besides Edinbop, he has taught Balboa for other local Swing dance groups, and often DJs for the local monthly Bal Brunch dances. Jason is also involved with other Balboa events, and is part of the organising team for the Edinburgh Balboa Exchange. A self confessed Balboa nerd/addict, Jason loves dancing/teaching Balboa and strives to spread his love (and enthusiasm) for the dance to his students.

Photo by Roseweir Photography

 


 

Toni Roseweir Toni-balboa

Dancing since: March 2010
Favourite swing dance style(s): Balboa
Available for: Private classes

Toni has been dancing a variety of styles since the age of three.  She fell in love with Swing dancing six years ago and has been dancing Balboa for five years. Toni loves the social nature of the dance and travels all over the UK to learn from the top dancers.  As well as teaching for Edinbop, Toni has taught throughout Scotland and is part of Caledonian Balboa organising the Edinburgh Balboa Exchange and other local workshops.  Toni loves to share her enthusiasm for the dance with her students and loves to see them improve week by week.

Photo by Roseweir Photography

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