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Learning at A-Train

A-Train is Swingland's weekly Thursday night swing dance and music club at The Hammersmith Club in West London, with swing dance classes for absolute beginners through to advanced dancers, plus freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands.

Next A-Train :-

4 Dec - A-Train

West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night!

7.45pm - 9.00pm Beginners class + practice

9.00pm - 9.30pm Improvers/intermediates class

9.00pm - 9.30pm Intermediates/Advanced class

9.30pm - 11.00pm Dancing

What to expect at A-Train

"The best venue in Central/West London!" - PR
"Forget that Friday feeling....Thursday is the best night of the week!" - JW

The Hammersmith Club is a real gem of a venue - a recently-renovated period dance hall with a great dance floor and plenty of original features!

A typical night at A-Train attracts around 50 people from all walks of life, and all age ranges (18+).

Come with friends, a partner or on your own - everyone is welcome and you'll soon feel at home!

The bar in the dance hall is open for drinks and snacks (crisps etc.) throughout the evening.

Who goes to A-Train?

All levels of swing dancing experience are represented - from complete beginners to intermediates in the classes - and experienced dancers who come along after the classes to enjoy the social dancing. There are plenty of beginners and improvers, and every week new people come along to learn for the first time.

Classes at A-Train

The evening at A-Train kicks off with swing dance (Lindy hop) classes.

Join any time. No need to book (just turn up). No partner needed.

See also What to wear.

  • Beginners
  • 7.45pm - beginners class + practice
    Swing & Jive - Learn all the basics with simple fun routines aimed at getting you dancing quickly - with plenty of emphasis on good lead/follow technique and connection as with all our classes! No experience required. Absolute beginners always welcome.

  • Improvers/Intermediates
  • 9pm (8.30pm on band nights) - improvers/intermediates class
    Lindy hop - Once you're confident with the beginners steps it's time to move on! Here we cover all the fundamentals of Lindy hop - Swing Out, Lindy Turn etc and partnered Lindy hop Charleston.

  • Intermediates/Advanced
  • 9pm (8.30pm on band nights) - intermediates/advanced class
    Move your dancing to the next level! You need to have a good grasp of Lindy hop basics to take this level. Expect to be challenged with lots of variations, moves and footwork plus of course plenty on styling and technique!

Class rotation

We rotate partners regularly in the classes so you don't need to bring a partner and you get a chance to dance with everyone. This is the best way to learn and it's a great way to meet people too! Because of the numbers at A-Train it is not practical for couples to stay together - please join in the rotation, you will learn much quicker!

Your teachers

The classes at A-Train are taught by Martin Ellis, Emily Duncombe, Sean Hall and Rowan McLelland.

Music and dancing at A-Train

After the classes we have dancing til late!

From 9.30pm (9pm on band nights) it's freestyle time - try out the moves you've learnt, or sit down, have a drink from the bar and watch what's going on. Resident DJ Martin & guests play "the best swing music in town" and are happy to take requests too.

Live music

Occasionally we’ll have a live band and these nights always bring out the best swing dancers, so don’t miss 'em!

For live music dates please see Dates.

How to get to A-Train

A-Train is held at The Hammersmith Club - a stunning period dance hall in the heart of West London.

The Hammersmith Club is located one street back from the Riverside next to Hammersmith Bridge. The waterfront stretches from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Eyot.

Website www.hammersmithclub.co.uk/

The Hammersmith Club is at 11 Rutland Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 9DH.

By tube - Piccadilly, District or Hammermsith & City Lines to Hammersmith, 5-10 minutes walk. Walk up Blacks Road towards Hammersmith Bridge. Rutland Grove is the last turning on the right before the bridge. Alternatively walk up King Street and turn left opposite Primark then continue straight (Bridge Ave then Bridgeview) until you reach Rutland Grove.

By bus - any bus over Hammersmith Bridge - there is a stop right at the end of Rutland Grove.

By car - Just off the A4, Hammersmith is easily accessible by car from all directions. There is parking outside the venue in Rutland Grove, and in local streets - free after 6.30pm.


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Admission to A-Train (pay on the door)

Doors and bar open from 7pm and the first class kicks off at 7.45pm.

  • Full price - £10
  • Standard admission includes any (or all) of the classes and the dancing afterwards.
    Save money! Buy 5 nights for £42 - see class vouchers.

  • Concessions - £8
  • Available to NUS/Equity members - please show your ID on the door.

  • Special rate - £5
  • For dancing only - after 9pm.
    Please note that on live music nights there is no special rate for just dancing - you pay the normal admission prices above, or on very special occasions, the price advertised on flyers for the event.

Last admission is 10pm.

A-Train - Dates

Shown below are dates for the next three months - for dates after that, please see our calendar.

27 Nov - No A-Train (holiday) - back next Thursday

4 Dec, 11 Dec, 8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb, 19 Feb - A-Train

7.45pm - 9.00pm Beginners class + practice

9.00pm - 9.30pm Improvers/intermediates class

9.00pm - 9.30pm Intermediates/Advanced class

9.30pm - 11.00pm Dancing

18 Dec - No A-Train - come to our Winter Ball on Saturday instead!

25 Dec, 1 Jan - No A-Train - back 8th January

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