Swing out!


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 :-

2 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 7.30pm and the first class kicks off at 7.45pm.

Payment is by cash on the door (just turn up!). We also take card payments with a small surcharge to cover card fees.

  • Standard admission - £12
  • Includes all classes and social dancing/practice.

    Concessions - £10

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

  • Special rate - £5*
  • Social dancing only.

    *On band nights and other special occasions the admission price for dancing only is higher - the standard admission price unless otherwise stated - please see Dates.

Last admission is 10pm.

Block bookings - save money!!

Save money by booking 5 evenings.

  • 5 weeks - £50 (save £10)
  • Includes all classes and social dancing/practice. Purchase on the door or on-line.

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.

Entrance gates From the tube station cross towards King Street and then 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.

The venue is accessed via iron gates and a courtyard nestled between smart townhouses. Please use the double white doors to the left of the building.

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. Alternatively Kings Mall car park is just off King Street, 5 mins walk from the venue, and is very good value.


Useful links
London Underground & Buses
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A-Train - Dates

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

26 May - No A-Train (holiday) - back next Thursday

2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 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

Our club nights
C Jam
This Joint Is Jumpin'
Friday Night Swing
Swing Balls/Festivals
On today

Thursday 26 May

No A-Train (holiday) - back next Thursday

Thursday 26 May

No A-Train (holiday) - back next Thursday

Friday 27 May

Jumpin'! Vintage Dance Night - DJ Special!

Friday Vintage Dance Night. Includes beginners swing dance class - no partner needed! DJ Special - guest Swing DJs spin 1930s-50s swing & RnB for dancing. £10 on the door, all welcome!

Saturday 28 May

One-day workshop - Beginners/Improvers

Lindy hop fundamentals - master the 8-count basics - Swing Out, Lindy Turn and Circle, Texas Tommy, partnered Charleston - plus essential variations. Leads needed - lead or lead+follow booking now!

Monday 30 May

No Brixton classes (Bank holiday)

No Windsor classes (Bank holiday)

Tuesday 31 May

C Jam

The home of Savoy style Lindy hop in London. 2 rooms!

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