From the start of the next term (13th June) we are increasing our prices slightly (for only the 3rd time in 23 years!). The entire evening will still only cost £5 for members, students, and concessions (previously £4), or £6 for non-members (previously £5), so is still cracking good value!
Very sad to hear that Norma Miller, widely described as “The Queen of Swing, passed away on 5th May at the age of 99, having been dancing since she was discovered at 14! Many in the ESDS were fortunate to have had classes (and laughs) from her somewhere around the world, and such a character will be sadly missed. I’m sure that she and Frankie will be having a heck of a swing party! RIP. xxx
In April 2019, ESDS hosted Edinburgh Swings into Spring. We had 2 days of amazing classes from visiting teachers Cat and Cam, Scottie and Arrianne, Carolene and Russell. We also had live band socials with Ali Affleck and Belam Swing as well as The Joys of Swing. Thanks to everyone who made this such a fun event!
The ESDS 2019 AGM was held on 24 January 2019 at LifeCare Centre. Here’s a rundown of what was covered in the meeting.
What we did in 2018
Classes and workshops
We had 6 terms of our regular Thursday classes, including tasters and open practice sessions. Our Beginners classes were regularly around 80 people, topping out at 100 some weeks.
There were extended socials with live music at our band nights at the end of each term. One band night was moved to a Saturday to coincide with our teacher training weekend with David and Cátia.
We ran a selection of beginners, improvers, and intermediate/advanced workshops throughout the year.
After the summer break, we decided to experiment with our Thursday class schedule and level names based on member feedback. We are currently running our Level 3 class at the same time as Level 1, with Level 2 remaining after the social, but downstairs to allow more space.
We have a lot of new teachers and a growing team, and in order to continue to give you the best classes we possibly can, we’ve invested a lot in teacher training and team building this year.
We had a whole weekend with David and Cátia from Portugal, and we also had voice training with Kira Emslie. Our more experienced teachers continue to be super helpful with training and advice.
We also had lots of great guest teachers:
- Shell and Tim
- Cee and Stig
- Katie and Jamie
- Anne and Vlad
Events and other stuff
We have updated our Code of Conduct thanks to Highland Swing and Sam from Swing Dance Sydney. The Code of Conduct is on the website and also available at the registration desk on Thursdays and at events.
We’ve invested in storage space for all the stuff we own so it’s no longer spread out across various peoples flats and cars. Some ELX equipment also lives in this space.
Katie and Paddy spearheaded a zero-waste approach to our events, and we now have reusable plastic cups for water and a selection of charity shop mugs for our tea dances.
We ran a few big events, including the David and Cátia teacher training and workshop weekend and Winter Swing Weekend. Our member and new Teaching Coordinator Lottie organised a new event, Hogmanay Hop, for New Years Eve, which was a big success. We also ran a free workshop for our volunteers at the end of the year.
We had 132 members in 2018!
ESDS runs on volunteer power. Our committee, all of our teachers, and everyone who takes money on the door, DJs, and refills water does everything for free because they are awesome. It takes a lot of time and energy to keep the society running, and we’re always looking for more volunteers, so speak to a committee member if you’d like to help out!
We had lots of regular volunteers this year, many of whom have transitioned to the committee for 2019.
If you want to geek out about music, our DJs in 2018 were Minna, Eva, Valerie, Paddy, Lottie, Michael, Nick, Niall, and Kate.
Starting balance: £4302.80
End balance: £4284.65
Thursdays & workshops income: £14,840.78 (10% up on 2016)
David and Cátia Teacher Training and Advanced Workshop
Subsidy: £2,747.13 (or £161 per teacher trained)
Winter Swing Weekend
Subsidy: £2,693.65 (£30 per workshop attendee)
Subsidy: £6.25 per person
Serenity Cafe: £105
Storage unit: £787.00
Web hosting: £215.28
Four of our members have stepped down this year. They include Kate Amann (Chair), Chris Woodall (Treasurer), George Young (Teaching Coordinator) and Migle Petruskeviciute (Ordinary Member). George and Migle will still be teaching, and Kate and Chris will still be around to dance. Thanks to all of them for their hard work over the past 2 years!
We gained quite a few new committee members, and some of the remaining members have taken new positions. So our committee is now:
- Valerie McIntosh – Chair
- Vicky McMurray – Secretary
- Rhona Davies – Treasurer
- Lottie Avery – Teaching Coordinator
- Niall Davies
- Cristina Rubio Ramon
- Scott Inglis
- Will George
- Pippa Clark
- Emma Crowther
Our AGM is coming up on Thursday 24th of January, and we want you to join our team!
Our weekly classes, socials, workshops and events are a result of a fantastic team working together and volunteering their time to bring you the joy of Lindy hop.
If you have a New Year’s resolution to try something new, learn/enhance a skill, get involved with the community or spread joy into other people’s lives, join our committee!
If you’re looking for a new job this year, employers love volunteers because it demonstrates to them that you are passionate, have a growth mind-set, use your time proactively, you have more than just job related skills and broadened your connections.
What’s in it for you
You get free access to classes and socials all year round, as well as events you volunteer at.
Required skills, qualities and experience
Enthusiasm about swing dance, self-motivation, a team player, takes initiative.
As long as you have been a member this past year, anyone is free to run for whichever position they want.
To submit your interest in a role please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 21 January.
Ensures the smooth running of the ESDS in line with the agreed Constitution and Values. Responsibilities include:
- acting as the main point of contact for the society
- supporting and motivating the committee
- delegating tasks where appropriate
- chairing meetings and facilitating communication
- overseeing progress of the committee
- making the final decision on matters
Supports the Chair and Treasurer in ensuring the smooth running of the ESDS in line with the agreed Constitution and Values. Responsibilities include:
- all things administrative, from sending out newsletters, overseeing meeting logistics and keeping minutes
- sharing important information with the committee
- booking rooms as and when required
- monitoring membership
- dealing with any incoming or outgoing correspondence
- Additional duties may include social media and website updates.
Responsible for the finances of the society, including:
- budgeting for the year
- dealing with receipts and invoices
- monitoring membership
- making sure the money is going to the right places and people
- updating the committee on financial matters
Help out with all aspects of running the society. Includes helping with admin, logistics, communication, planning, organising, and delivering our classes, workshops and events.
All committee members are expected to attend up to 6 meetings over the year.
What is the AGM?
The AGM (Annual General Meeting) is where we elect the new committee who will take the society into the following year.
What happens at the AGM?
On the night, we will run a joint Level 2 and 3 class upstairs in The Gallery from 7:30-8:30pm. Level 1 will run as normal.
The AGM will follow downstairs before an extended social. It should only take about 20 minutes.
We will firstly go through any official business before we get to the electing of each position as listed. (If you can’t make it on the day, then send an email/message with what you would like said on your behalf and we will read it out on your behalf.)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask us, whether it be a specific member about what their role entails, or just something about how great being on the committee is in general.
Please come along and vote!
Saturday 2nd of June
8.00-11.30 LifeCare Centre
£9/£7 Members, Students, Concessions
We’re doing a special summer band night on Saturday 2nd of June. Due to some schedule changes, we’ll now be swinging out to the lovely sounds of our pals Ali Affleck and Bedlam Swing!
As always we will provide some treats, and you can BYOB.
Tickets will be available on the door. If you’ve reserved yours ahead of time we’ll have your name on the door too.