About EUSDS

Want to dance, shimmy and shake? Want to have loads of fun and make some great friends? Join us at EUSDS for swing dance lessons, socials, events and lots more!

 

Swing dancing is all about fun and freedom, it is connection and improvisation between you and your partner! Whether you are looking for a creative and social hobby, are partial to vintage style and jazz music, or just want to dance and have loads of fun doing it, EUSDS is the society for you!

Our History

Edinburgh University Dance Society (EUSDS) was the first swing dance society of any UK university. It was founded in 1998 by Ria DeBiase, an exchange student from California (now a professional dance teacher/performer), and Jamie Davies, a member of University faculty, both of whom had already been dancing and teaching Lindy Hop for a few years. Since 2000, Jamie has been teaching regularly with Katie Brooks, a PhD graduate of the university. The society has taken the lead in teaching many aspects of swing dance
in Scotland, including:

 

  • Scotland's first taster classes in Balboa (1999) and the first Balboa course (2004)

  • Scotland's first Collegiate Shag course (1999)

  • Scotland's first classes in Laminu (2006)

 

EUSDS has a history of performing to a wide variety of audiences,
including charity events and the annual Edinburgh University dance
performances. In the past, it held retreats to the university's Firbush
Point Field Centre; however, the society has grown so big that this is
no longer feasible! In more recent years, the society has run weekend
events, such as University of Swing, that are open to the wider swing
dance community as well as to EUSDS members.

Active members of the society now provide additional weekend sessions to
supplement the core weeknight classes; EUSDS alumni have gone on to
dance, teach, and perform all over the world, including the foundation
of new swing organisations and companies.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

The EUSDS website was designed in 2019 by Ruth Buckley and Malthe Sporring.