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A-Train

Martin and Emily

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

Xmas/New Year - A-Train continues on all Thursdays throughout, including a special holiday edition on Thursday 27 December!
New to swing dancing? Our classes are fun and friendly, you don't need a partner and you can start any week - no need to book, just turn up!

Next at A-Train :-

15 Nov, 22 Nov - A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night! Every Thursday

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

Learn all the basics of swing dancing - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed

8.45pm - 9.15pm Dancing/practice

Practise what you've learnt. Top swing DJs

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

Move your dancing to the next level

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

A chance to go over the beginners class and maybe add a little more

10.00pm - 11.00pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs (see also A-Train LATES)

Doors open 7.30pm, last dance see above.

See other dates - including LATES


About A-Train

"...roll into Friday in style in the charming period dance hall, which dates back to the eighteenth century." - Time Out London
"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.

A-Train LATES

On occasion we run an after-party at A-Train with live music. On these nights all the classes run as usual with dancing/practice in between but from 10pm we have dancing to a live band - not to be missed!

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.

Please do join our regulars on our A-Train Facebook page!

Classes at A-Train

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

See also What to wear.

  • Beginners/improvers

    7.45pm - beginners/improvers class (Lindy hop fundamentals)
    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 - follow-up class/Q&A
    During the intermediates class there is usually a revision session for beginners/improvers up on the balcony. This is a chance to go over anything you found tricky, ask questions and consolidate the material you've learnt. Please note that this extra class is subject to teacher availability - if it's not running please feel free to have a go at the main class on the side or just enjoy a drink and wait for the final hour of dancing/practice).

    Beginners are encouraged 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 - 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/improvers 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!

  • Social dancing

    From 10pm-11pm 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.

  • A-Train LATES

    From 10pm-midnight - on occasion we run an after-party at A-Train with live music.

    For LATES dates 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 teaching team at A-Train is lead by Martin Ellis with Jess Bowers plus Romayne Etwaroo, Sarah Phelps, Lesta Woo, Emily Duncombe, 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.

There is no need to book - just turn up.

  • 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.

NB on Thursday 27 December our holiday special A-Train admission is £10 (or class card) on the door, which includes the class, dancing or both.

Cash or debit/credit card - please pay on the door.

Last admission is 10pm.


Block bookings - save money!!

Save money by booking 5 evenings.

  • 5 weeks - £50 (save £10)

    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

The Hammersmith Club is located one street back from the Riverside next to Hammersmith Bridge (the waterfront stretches from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Eyot). If you are coming from the waterfront look for the Rutland pub as the venue is close to that.


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

Entrance is via the large gate (pictured) then the double doors to the left of the dance hall. NB the car park is private and must not be used.

By tube - Piccadilly, District or Hammermsith & City Lines to Hammersmith, 5-10 minutes walk.

Entrance gates From the tube exit cross towards King Street and then walk up Blacks Road into Hammersmith Bridge Road - Rutland Grove is the last turning on the right before the river/bridge.
Alternatively walk up King Street and turn left opposite Primark then continue straight (Bridge Ave then Bridge View after crossing under the flyover) until you reach Rutland Grove (look for Digby Mansions).

Turn right into Rutland Grove and the venue is on your left nestled between smart townhouses.

Map

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

Venue website www.hammersmithclub.co.uk/

London Underground & Buses
AA Route Planner
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A-Train - Dates

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

15 Nov, 22 Nov, 29 Nov, 6 Dec, 13 Dec, 20 Dec, 3 Jan, 10 Jan, 17 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan, 7 Feb - A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night! Every Thursday

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

Learn all the basics of swing dancing - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed

8.45pm - 9.15pm Dancing/practice

Practise what you've learnt. Top swing DJs

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

Move your dancing to the next level

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

A chance to go over the beginners class and maybe add a little more

10.00pm - 11.00pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs (see also A-Train LATES)


27 Dec - A-Train - holiday special!

Xmas/New Year special at A-Train!

7.00pm - 7.45pm Beginners/improvers Lindy hop class

A fun class for all levels from absolute beginners up!

7.45pm - 10.30pm Music and dancing

Dancing to top swing DJs!

Wednesday 14 November

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

7.45-8.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

8.45-9.30pm Improvers/intermediates Lindy hop class

Thursday 15 November

A-Train

Classes and dancing at West London`s Premier Swing Dance Night! Every Thursday

Sunday 18 November

Swingland Twickenham

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

Elysian Den

Monthly Sunday night swing dance with beginners class and 2 hours of dancing to top vintage DJs and occasional live band!

Monday 19 November

Swingland Brixton

Learn to swing dance in Brixton - every Monday

Tuesday 20 November

C Jam - LIVE music night with The Shirt Tail Stompers

We're excited to host our first live band night at C Jam's new venue! Class as usual then live band and dancing

Wednesday 21 November

Swingland Windsor

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

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