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A-Train

Dancing 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 Jun - A-Train

West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night!

7.45pm - 8.45pm Beginners class - in The Dance Hall

8.45pm - 9.15pm Dancing/Practice

9.15pm - 10.00pm Intermediates class - in The Dance Hall

9.15pm - 10.00pm Beginners follow-up class - on The Balcony

10.00pm - 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 and dancing at A-Train

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

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  • Beginners
  • 7.45pm - beginners Lindy hop class
    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!

    8.45pm - social dancing/practice
    Practise what you've learnt! Social dancing to recorded music.

    9.15pm (except band nights) - beginners follow-up/Q&A
    During the intermediates class there is a revision session for beginners up on the balcony. This is a chance to go over anything you found tricky, ask questions and consolidate the material you've learnt.

    Beginners are welcome to stay for the entire evening, the bar is open and you are welcome to sit and watch the intermediates class if you're not taking the follow-up.

  • Intermediates
  • Intermediates please do come along early and join in with the 8.45pm social dance/practice session.

    9.15pm (except band nights) - intermediates Lindy hop class
    Move your dancing to the next level! Expect lots on technique and style as well as steps. You need to have a reasonably good grasp of all the steps regularly taught in the beginners class to take intermediates. So 6-count, some 8-count basics plus basic knowledge of partnered Charleston steps is assumed. At the beginning of the class we will ask everyone to do a selection of basic steps - if you don't feel confident with these you should take the beginners follow-up class instead. In conjunction with our regular workshops this class is designed to set and maintain a really good fundamental level for intermediate-level Lindy hop in London.

Music and dancing at A-Train

After the classes we have dancing!

From 10pm-11pm (from 8.45pm on band nights) it's freestyle time - try out the moves you've learnt, or sit down, have a drink and watch what's going on (the bar in the dance hall is open all evening). Resident DJ Martin & occasional guests play "the best swing music in town" and are happy to take requests too.

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

For live music please see Dates.

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, Jess Bowers, Sean Hall and Rowan McLelland.

Admission to A-Train

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

Payment is by cash on the door (just turn up!) - or optionally you may book on-line in advance.

  • One class - £10 (concessions £8)
  • Any one of the classes and social dancing/practice.

  • Two classes & dancing - £12 (concessions £10)
  • Any two of the classes and all social dancing/practice.

    Concessions

    Available to NUS/Equity members with proof - please show your ID at the door. Cash on the door only.

  • Special rate - £5 (£10* on band nights)
  • Social dancing only.
    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.

*On special occasions £12, see listings.

Block bookings - save money!!

Save money by booking 5 evenings.

  • 5 weeks - one class - £40 (save £10)
  • 5 weeks - two classes & dancing - £50 (save £10)

Optional on-line booking and payment (PayPal)

Booking in advance also saves time on the door as you will already be on our system. Your booking must be used within one calendar month (for block bookings, your first attendance must be within that time and all five must be used within three calendar months). Sorry, no refunds under any circumstances. Always check Dates before travelling!

A-Train @ The Hammersmith Club

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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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A-Train - Dates

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

4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug - A-Train

7.45pm - 8.45pm Beginners class - in The Dance Hall

8.45pm - 9.15pm Dancing/Practice

9.15pm - 10.00pm Intermediates class - in The Dance Hall

9.15pm - 10.00pm Beginners follow-up class - on The Balcony

10.00pm - 11.00pm Dancing


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