Lessons


 

 

You can join the beginner classes during the first two weeks of each semester. These are completely free with no need to sign up or buy membership!


After that, the classes build upon the previous lessons and you will need to buy membership (£10 University of Edinburgh students/ £15 otherwise).

 

                                                                                                 
            
            

Mondays

            

 

            

Lindy Hop - The Venue, Potterrow

            

Balboa - Quaker Hall, Pleasance

            

Taught by Jamie and Katie

            

 

            6:30 - 7:15 Intermediate Lindy Hop

This is the lesson for you if you started dancing with us last year or earlier, or you've learned basic Lindy Hop (e.g. 6-count, 8-count, Charleston, Lindy Turn, some variations) somewhere else and are fairly comfortable dancing socially. This lesson will focus on the difference between performing and social dancing.

                                

7:15 - 8:00 Beginners Lindy Hop

                

No previous dance experience or partner required. Come along and give it a go! Even if you’ve got two left feet!

Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes (more on what to wear).

                

             

8:00 - 9:15 Social Dancing/Practice
              

Listen to some great tunes and get those moves into your muscle memory. Relax, enjoy and don't be afraid of making mistakes- this is what Swing dance is all about!

                             

8:15 - 9:00 Beginners Balboa (Qaker Hall, Pleasance)
                

Balboa is a bit trickier to lead and follow than Lindy Hop, so Jamie and Katie ask that you have some experience in a lead/follow partner dance (e.g. Lindy Hop, Tango, Salsa, ...) before attending. Also, please note beginners cannot join in the second semester. So, make sure to attend in the first two weeks of the year!

            

           

            

Come join us for a drink and a chat (usually in New Amphion or Lounge Bar) after your lessons!

            

      Sundays

 

     Torridon Room - Pleasance 

 

Come end your week with solo jazz! 

 

 

11:30-12:30 Performance Rehearsal

Our solo jazz performance group meets for two hours one week and one hour the next (to make way for our open class.) Keep your eyes peeled for more info about auditions and opportunities to join throughout the year. 

 

12:30-13:30 Open Classes 

Every two weeks we have an open class where anyone can come along and hone their solo jazz skills, check Facebook and the weekly newsletter to see whats on. 

            
            

Saturdays

            

 

            

Quaker Hall, Pleasance; The Study, Teviot Row House

            

(Please refer to email and to our weekly facebook events for updates on location and content.)

            

 

            
  • 12:00 - 2:00 Performance Time
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  • Two hours dedicated to the teaching and learning of choreography. If you have something you'd like to teach here, let us know!
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  • 2:00 - 3:00 Intermediate Lindy Hop
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  • An extra class taught by your fellow members. This class offers different content to the Monday intermediates and is a place to expand your Swing repertoire and ask questions!
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  • 3:00 - 4:00 Mixed Class
                  

Classes accessible to dancers of all levels. Anything goes here, from flashy moves, to nitty-gritty technique, to entirely new dance styles!

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  • 4:00 - 5:00 Beginners Recap
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This time is dedicated for the people who've just joined us! (Or for anyone who wishes to go back to the basics!) Come and go over what you learned on Monday in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. This is the perfect place to ask questions!

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  • 5:00 - 6:00 Social dancing and open practice
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There will be music playing and this time is the time to unwind from all that learning and just jazz it up, boogie down and have some social fun! Or more practice, if you desire, as there is also space to go over moves with a partner or hone those triple steps. You can also ask the long-time members for their top tips and help! 

            

            
            
   

 

EUSDS events throughout the week: