Changes at ESDS

We’d like to make you aware of some big changes at ESDS.

Firstly, as some of you will already know, Cathy Harrison has decided to take a break from teaching at ESDS and taught her last class in December. As the shining and leading light of the ESDS teaching team for many years now, we are going to miss the wonderful energy, personality and style that she has brought to Thursday nights at Stockbridge House. We all send her our very best wishes and enormous thanks.

The other big change is that, after 20 years of running on an informal basis, it has been decided that ESDS will move over to having a a committee elected by the membership and a formal constitution. The first annual general meeting will take place on 26th January at Stockbridge House. Amongst other things we will be electing people to serve on the ESDS Committee. Nominations should be sent, ahead of the meeting, to You will find the ESDS constitution here. It gives lots of information about how ESDS will be run and everyones’ responsibilities.

ESDS Christmas Band Night

Our last dancing night of 2016. Christmas party with King Louis and the Primas! From 7.30pm, learn the Jitterbug Stroll, followed by dancing to live jump jivin’ music from this ace band. We’ll have nibbles, drinks, (but also BYOB) and fun galore. Tonight is a free night, but we’re collecting for a very special cause – details are below – so please be generous. See you all on the dance floor!


If you were at the recent Winter Swing weekend you will have been lucky enough to have classes with Calle Johansson. In 2012, Calle’s mother Ida suffered a stroke and since that time he has dedicated his time to helping her. This has been a particularly difficult time for Ida and Calle and their story is detailed at the web pages below.


To help both Ida and Calle we thought we would hold a collection during the Band Night. All money will be donated to the Help Calle Johansson fund. So please come along, bring a friend, have a fun evening, lots of dancing and importantly help Ida.


For more on Calle and Ida please take time to read.

Winter Swing Weekend 2016

All tickets are now sold out for the Winter Swing Weekend. However it is still worth registering on the waiting list for cancellations. Please note that there will be no tickets available on the door for any of the dances.

Term Dates

Just to let everyone know that the next new term suitable for absolute beginners will start on 9th June 2016. Find more information on the classes page.