Dancing in August
ESDS will be taking a break in August while our pals at Edinbop will be Swinging the Fringe and taking over our venue.
Every Thursday in August, they will be offering a taster class from 7:30-8:30pm, followed by social dancing from 8:30-10:30pm.
Please note that Edinbop operate a different price structure to ESDS and recently introduced dance pass cards at £30/25 giving access to 5 nights of dancing with them. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.
Our Thursday classes are progressive with a new term suitable for absolute beginners starting every 7/8 weeks.
Our next term for absolute beginners will start after our summer break on Thursday 6th September.
You don’t need to bring a partner or sign up in advance – just come along on the night!
Classes are Thursday nights at Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne St, Edinburgh EH4 1JB.
New class times starting in September
Based on feedback from our members, we’ll be piloting the following changes to our classes:
We are moving away from using the labels Beginners, Improvers and Intermediates and moving to Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Levels 1 and 2 will stay at the same time they have been.
Level 3 (Intermediate) will move to an earlier time of 7:30-8:30pm and will run at the same time at Level 1.
7:30 – 8:30pm • Level 1 downstairs & Level 3 upstairs
8:30 – 9:15pm • Social Dancing
9:15 – 10:15pm • Level 2 downstairs
£4.00 for the entire evening for members, students, and concessions.
£5.00 for the entire evening for non-members.
Term Start Dates
Our beginners terms start on the following dates in 2018:
- 11 January
- 8 March
- 26 April
- 14 June
- 6 September
- 25 October
You should complete two terms of Level 1 classes before you move up to Level 2. You can also continue to take the Level 1 class in conjunction with your Level 2 class. There is no extra charge!
You’ve never danced before and you have no knowledge or experience with anything to do with Lindy Hop. Across two 7-week blocks you’ll be introduced to the 8-beat and 6-beat footwork patterns, as well as the Charleston. Once you’ve completed at least two Level 1 blocks, you can start taking the Level 2 class. Remember you can still take the Level 1 class in the same night at no extra charge.
Now you’ve got the basics down, in Level 2 we’ll get a little more complicated by combining the different footwork patterns, such as doing the 8-beat and Charleston steps within a single song. We’ll also introduce you to the tandem Charleston, and we’ll start to get a little more technical with your swingouts and Lindy turns!
In this class, your swingouts and Lindy turns will improve considerably. We’ll give you that extra challenge by teaching and expanding on specialised moves, focusing on technique, and discussing more advanced topics such as musicality.