18th/19th/20th October 2019
Bal & Shag Festival
For the first time, right in the heart of Edinburgh, the legendary clans of Shag and Balboa will come together for an epic weekend of dancing!
With classes from international instructors, competitions to test your mettle, and social dancing late into the night, this will be one event not to miss! Whether you’re looking for some elegant shag, some extravagant balboa, or just a jaunt around the beautiful city of Edinburgh, this event is for you.
All aboard the BALedonian SHAGspress hype train!
Registrations are now open! To register, visit our DanceCloud page here: ebsf.dancecloud.com
|Class Pass||Social Pass Plus||Social Pass|
|Includes the core Balboa or Shag classes, taster classes, and all the socials||Access to our Friday, Saturday and Sunday night socials and the taster classes||Access to our Friday, Saturday and Sunday night socials|
We want to make it easier for students to attend our event so we are offering a 12.5% discount to student-only groups of 3 or more. If you are interested in bringing a group, nominate a group leader and get them to send us a list of names and university email addresses of group members to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send your leader a group discount code that each of the members can use in the dancecloud checkout.
We want this weekend to be really enjoyable for everyone, and we hope that you all come away from it feeling like you learned a heck of a lot and danced your socks off! With people travelling in from all over, it’s going to be nearly impossible to predict how your dance skills will compare to the other attendees. That’s why we are going to hold a level check class on Saturday Morning. Once our instructors have taken you through a short lesson and seen you dance, they will be able to put you into groups who can work on similar aspects of your dancing so you get the most out of your classes this weekend.
That being said we don't want anyone to feel stressed about these auditions, so if you’d prefer not to do the level check class, that’s absolutely fine. You can register for an Intermediate level class pass and you’ll be put straight into that group, so won't have to attend the level check. If you are happy to audition, then you should choose the "Audition Me" pass on Dancecloud when you register.
The core classes we’ll be offering this weekend are for intermediate level dancers and above. If you’re just getting started in your Balboa/Shag adventures then we’d love to have you join us at the socials and in the taster classes this year, and we hope to be able to offer more for beginners next year.
Details coming soon… whisper, whisper… did somebody say sprung floor??
Playing at our Friday social, the Tenement Jazz band are a traditional jazz band formed in early 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought together by their shared love of New Orleans music, and comprising musicians from various corners of Edinburgh’s vibrant jazz scene, they are on a journey of exploration back to the roots of the music that they play.
Their aims are to capture the raw energy and excitement of the early jazz recordings, to find and revive lesser-heard songs and cultivate their own interpretations of these, all in order to captivate experienced jazzers, dancing persons, and uninitiated ears alike.
In their brief existence so far they have performed at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow Jazz Festivals, collaborated with various musicians via their own Cellar Session residency, and performed their own hit show at the Edinburgh Fringe telling the story of the ‘Red Hot Roots of Jazz’ from turn of the century New Orleans and beyond.
Check out a sample of their fantastic playing in the clip linked, and grab a copy of their album from tenementjazzband.bandcamp.com!
For our Saturday night party, we’re delighted to announce the incredible Viper Swing!
Based in Edinburgh, Viper Swing plays hot string jazz: infectious rhythms, joyful improvisations, and gravelly vocals blend to evoke the swing-era spirit of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Their repertoire includes works of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, songs from the Great American Songbook, and original compositions — along with the occasional playful reimagining of pop classics by the likes of Michael Jackson, Abba, and Daft Punk.
They perform regularly in Edinburgh and around the UK. Past performances include Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Northern Roots Festival, Lindisfarne Festival, Callander Jazz Festival, Dundee Jazz Club, Garioch Jazz Club, several TV appearances, and an ongoing Sunday residency at the Edinburgh Sheraton Hotel for the past 4 years.
We’re so excited to have them, and we’re sure that you’ll love their beautiful swinging string groove as much as we do! Check out some of their music below, on on their website at https://www.viperswing.com/music.
Wondering when you'll need to arrive in Edinburgh? Wondering how late you'll be able to stay? Although we don't have full timings for the weekend yet, the schedule below should give you an accurate outline of when our various classes and socials will be happening across the weekend!
|Friday Night Social with Live Music|
|Classes and Tasters|
|Saturday Night Social with Live Music|
|Classes and Tasters|
|Sunday Night Social with Live Music|
Edinburgh isn’t that big, but we know every kilometer counts when you’re running to class in the morning. All of our evening venues are south of the Royal Mile, around Newington and the Meadows, and our classes will be in the university’s Pleasance complex. This is our first year organising this event and we’ve got a lot work to do getting this off the ground, so we’re not going to coordinate hosting this year. But there are loads of really lovely dancers in Edinburgh who happily host guests, so we will be soon setting up a Facebook group where you can request and offer hosting.
Code of Conduct
We expect everyone attending our festival to be respectful of all other attendees, teachers, organisers and volunteers. We will have safe spaces volunteers available throughout the festival to help out with any issue you may have. You can view our code of conduct here.