News

2016 classes start dates

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

We hope to see everyone there!


Edinbop AGM 2015

Solo jazz, Edinbop AGM and live music!

For our last class of 2016, we’ve got a real treat!

Instead of Beginners Lindy Hop, the lovely Anne and Vlad are running a one-off solo jazz class from 7pm on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh. This will be suitable for all levels.

After that, it’s the Edinbop AGM – this is your chance find out what’s been going onbehind the scenes for the past year and vote on next year’s Committee members.

From 9pm, it’s social dancing with live music from Rianna and the Hops (formerly known as the Foo Birds)!

We hope to see you there! Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event.


Final blues class – Tues 8 Dec

BLUESFLASH! Next week (8 Dec) is our final class before xmas and, therefore, has to be our end of term party! Classes with Shell and Leigh are at the usual times (7pm Foundations, 8pm Int-Adv) and the BluesWater will be providing live music at the social dance from 9pm. See you at The Newsroom!


Blues News November

The Tuesday Night Spoonful have a host of special classes this month including guests teachers Samuel Tinguely (Switzerland) and Daire Mac An Bhaird (Oslo) AND Leigh‘s back from her first international teaching gig at Drag The Blues (Barcelona) and is psyched to be back in the ‘burgh teaching with Seb!

Upcoming events:

Scotland will be representing at Snowflake Blues (Dec 11-13, Durham) with Craig Thomson (Dundee) and Leigh partnering up with the lovely Annette (http://www.annettedances.com/). This will be a big party weekend with a focus on solo blues/musicality/quality of movement and registration is open now.

As always, there are plenty of events happening all over Europe…

There are still some tickets for Petit ESBF (Dec 11-13, Madrid); a mini ESBF with Alba, Gaston, Vicci and Adamo, the four organisers of ESpanish Blues Festival!

Registrations have just opened for Valentine’s Blues (Feb 12-14) in beautiful Warsaw, and the organisers are happy to help with finding accommodation or hosting the dancers :)

If you want to really push your dancing to the next level, there’s the week long Blossom Blues Camp and Festival (May 7-16, Zurich) with Brenda Russell and Catherine Palmier… you can’t register yet, but mark your calendars!

If you’re new to traveling to events, you can chat to Leigh or any of the teachers/committee for advice and tips, and the FB group is a great place to coordinate travel plans!

Here’s a clip of Vicci & Adamo’s latest choreography at Berlin Blues Explosion for inspiration. PS Congrats to Shell & Leigh for placing 2nd in the Strictly Finals!


Edinbop Winter Cabaret – 27 January 2016

Edinbop’s Winter Cabaret is back on the 27th 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 info@edinbop.co.uk. Anything goes (dancing, singing, comedy, plate spinning – ANYTHING!) but please keep your act less than 3 MIN. We’re already looking forward to all the amazing stuff people will be doing this year!


Help keep our scene swingin’!

Join-the-Edinbop-CommitteeWe’re seeking volunteers to make a difference to the scene by joining the Edinbop Committee!

Whether you’ve only just fallen in love with swing dancing or are a veteran in the scene, we need your ideas, opinions and skills to help Edinburgh’s scene swinging.

If you’re interested in gaining experience in events management, running a popular community group and seeing what goes on behind-the-scenes, this is the opportunity for you.

Roles on the Edinbop Committee include:

  • Management Committee (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary)
  • Teacher Coordinators
  • DJ Coordinators
  • Newsletter Coordinators
  • Event Coordinators

If you’re curious and want to find out more, send us an email: info@edinbop.co.uk.

All nominations must be received by Saturday 5 December.

New Committee Members will be elected at the AGM on Wednesday 9 December, at the Counting House, Edinburgh.


October 9-11… Scotland Invades ABERDEEN!

The second in a series of weekends where Blues dancers from all over Scotland (and beyond) sweep up a city and dance in ALL the places! ALL the time!

Adventure-like events in Aberdeen, blues bombing live music venues, a tea dance at the Bottle Cap Bar and Brewery, and a 2 hour workshop with Lucas Weismann – all for an absolute bargain (suggested payment @ £10/person). 

There are a few spaces left here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bHS_GMLV7dX1bxbEuqAKRXcnHtEboPn9p_h_0LbDHKY/viewform

Join the FB event to keep up to date!


Head to London and become a record breaker!

If you aren’t coming to our Lindy Hop Beginners Weekend Workshop on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October, why not head down to London and take part in the World’s Largest Charleston Dance Record Attempt?!

On Sunday 11 October, between 12pm-2pm, the London swing dance scene are hoping to beat the current record of 503 people, so they need all the help they can get!

To break the record, everyone has to know and dance the same routine – the choreographed dance is demonstrated here by the lovely Ben and Robyn:

As well as record breaking, there will be plenty of social dancing for the price of a £2 donation per person to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Charity.

Make sure you register in advance to help them count all the record breakers!


Edinbop Beginners Weekends for Balboa and Lindy Hop

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.

and sign up here!

And for more about the Balboa Beginners Weekend on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd November check out this Facebook page.

and sign up here!