This February and March

Our next Southside Stomp monthly social dance will be on 9th March and will start with our (short) Annual General Meeting (see the AGM section below for more info). Our next Balboa Brunch is the day after, on 10th March.

Bookings are also open for Sweet Swing Edinburgh, Edinbop’s Slow Balboa weekend with Deirdre and Joost of Slowfeet Studio Rotterdam, which will take place on 6th-7th April.

We teach Lindy beginners and Balboa beginners and intermediates classes
in blocks. Our next class blocks start on 27th March and 8th April,
respectively. You can find more details and book your tickets for them here.

Please check out our calendar entries below and our Dancecloud and Facebook pages for more info!

What's On?

You can find Edinbop events in red in the calendar below. We also publish our events on Facebook. If you’d like to receive updates, you can subscribe to our email newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Our calendar also shows, in blue, select events for Blues or Swing dancing in Edinburgh which aren’t organised by Edinbop.

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The Dances We Offer

We offer classes and social dances in Blues and Swing dancing. Swing is a family of dances, the best-known of which is called “Lindy Hop”, but also includes Balboa, Solo Jazz, Charleston and Collegiate Shag. The dances and the music evolved in step with each other during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. During this period, black dancers in Harlem in particular were inventing fast, athletic and rhythmic steps, which dancers from further afield copied and attempted to embellish with their own style. For slower dancing to Swing music, we also offer Laminu, Slow Balboa and Blues, another dance family of Afro-American origin, which is, of course, also danced to Blues music.

Lindy Hop & Charleston

The Lindy Hop was very popular couple during the Swing Era of the late 1930s and early 1940s and we teach it together with partnered Charleston, a dance originally from the 1910s.

We offer regular Lindy classes and social dancing on Wednesday evenings for beginner-level dancers -taught in class blocks- and for intermediates -as drop-in classes. And come along to the Southside Stomp, our monthly social dance, generally on the first Saturday evening of the month.

Please check our calendar below for current class dates.

Blues dances

Blues dancing is a family of historical dances that developed alongside and were danced to Blues music, or the contemporary dances that are danced in that aesthetic.

We organise occasional Blues social dances and workshops. Please check our calendar below for upcoming Blues events.

Solo Jazz

Solo Jazz is dancing to the same kinds of tunes Lindy Hop and Balboa are danced to, but on your own! Solo Jazz is a great way to express your own creativity and musicality.

Edinbop has occasional workshops in Solo Jazz. And our social dances on Wednesday evening as well as our Southside Stomp are great places to dance Solo Jazz.

Balboa & Bal-Swing

This elegant dance style, danced in close connection with your partner, was popular in California in the 1930s and got its name from the Balboa Peninsula, near Los Angeles, where it was danced in several dancehalls. We are mixing it with (Bal-)Swing, a very rotational dance, in which, occasionally, you ‘break away’ from your partner. Generally, Balboa and Bal-Swing are danced to faster Swing music when compared to Lindy and Blues.

Edinbop offer regular blocks of Bal classes on Wednesday evenings and occasional workshops, including the Edinburgh Balboa Weekends, for which we work with international guest teachers. And our monthly social dance, Southside Stomp, offers a great opportunity for dancing Bal and Bal-Swing socially.

Please check our calendar below for current class dates.

 

Collegiate Shag

The Collegiate Shag is a partner dance for up-tempo Swing and pre-Swing Jazz music and belongs to the Swing family of American vernacular dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated within the African-American community of the Carolinas in the 1920s.

We have occasional workshops in Collegiate Shag and our monthly social dance, Southside Stomp offers a great opportunity for dancing Shag.

Laminu & Slow Balboa

Laminu and Slow Balboa are dances of the middle of the 20th century and are dances to slower Swing or sweet music. 

At Edinbop, we have occasional taster classes in both Laminu and Slow Balboa and organise occasional workshops, including Sweet Swing Edinburgh, for which we work with international guest teachers.

 

Our Social Media

We know your sofa is very inviting... but we promise you'll be glad you made it out of the house once you're having a boogie with us! 🎷Lindy Hop classes and a social dance*. Every Wednesday, 6:30PM-10:00PM at Greyfriars Charteris Centre. Tomorrow, next week, the week after that, all the way until the end of June. More info on our website at edinbop.co.uk/Come along - your sofa can spare you for a night! 💃* BEGINNERS! It's the first week of a new block of classes this Wednesday - book your tickets here: edinbop.dancecloud.com/dance/35214 ! ... See MoreSee Less
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AGM

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Saturday, the 9th of March this year. It will be held at Greyfriars Charteris Centre at the beginning of that evening’s Southside Stomp event.

It’s a great time for learning more about how Edinbop has operated for the past year and what the plans are for the current year, as well as for you to give input about these.

An annual report, financial report and next year’s Committee will all be presented at the AGM.

See you there!

About Us

Founded in 2006, Edinbop offers dance classes, social dancing and related activities for Swing and Blues dancing in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We have regular classes in Lindy Hop & Charleston, Blues dances and Balboa and occasionally also offer Jazz Steps, Collegiate Shag, Laminu / Slow Balboa and more.

We strive to offer a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment to explore your dancing. We kindly require anyone attending and/or organising our events to comply with our Code of Conduct.

We operate on the basis of our Constitution and are run by a Committee. We always welcome volunteers to help us – be it at our events or with organisational activities. If you’re interested in volunteering or joining the committee, please email us.