Blues is a vintage dance that flourished with the growth of blues music in the juke joints, barrelhouses and rent parties in rural and urban America. Like Lindy Hop, Blues dancing evolved from African rhythms and movements combined with elements of European partner dancing.
Blues dancing has been exploding in popularity since the 1980s, with the revival of Lindy Hop and other ‘swing era’ dances. Edinburgh started one of the first blues scenes in Europe and there are now Blues communities in most major cities around the world.
Blues is a dance style you can pick up quickly – there are no routines or patterns to learn; once you’ve got the basics, every dance is created in the moment with your partner, inspired by the music – this is where the magic really happens.
While blues dancing didn’t start out as a performance dance, modern blues dance events feature showcases and competitions, allowing dancers to follow the grand tradition of showing off. Check out the videos on this page to see some experienced blues dancers do their thing!
Blues is all about enjoying and expressing the music, and there are many styles of blues that you’ll get to play with in our classes and on the social floor. Here’s a playlist with just a small sample of the great blues music you’ll hear at the Tuesday Night Spoonful. If you like blues music, you’ll love blues dancing!
Being part of a blues dancing community is one of the most rewarding aspects of the dance. In addition to dancing at local classes and getting together at live music nights in Edinburgh, avid dancers could spend almost every weekend at a dance workshop in Europe or further afield; seeing new cities, going to workshops during the day, and dancing through the night to live music with friends old and new. Start your journey with the friendly local classes at The Tuesday Night Spoonful!
Our Classes and Teachers
Our teaching team is made up of a bunch of exceptional individuals who are passionate about the dance and dedicated to spreading Blues love.
We welcome all and any feedback on our Blues lessons. You can submit feedback at any time using our anonymous feedback form.
Be sure to join our Blues-specific Tuesday Night Spoonful group on Facebook to connect with all things blues happening in Edinburgh.