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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 Lindy hop classes for absolute beginners through to advanced dancers, plus freestyle dancing to top swing DJs and occasional live bands.

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A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 7 May 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

7.45pm Beginners Lindy hop class
Learn all the basics of swing dancing - absolute beginners can join any week, no partner needed
8.45pm Dancing/practice
Practise what you've learnt. Top swing DJs
9.15pm Intermediates Lindy hop class
Move your dancing to the next level
OR Beginners follow-up/improvers class
Consolidate your basics - perfect if you're not ready for intermediates yet!
10.00pm Music and dancing
Dancing to top swing DJs (see also A-Train LATES)

Doors open 7.30pm, last dance 11.00pm


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.

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  • Beginners/improvers

    7.45pm - beginners 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.

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

    9.15pm - beginners follow-up/improvers class
    During the intermediates class there is a session for improvers at the bar end of the hall. This is a chance to consolidate the material you've learnt in beginners and move on to the trickier steps required for intermediates. 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 intermediates class or just enjoy a drink and wait for the final hour of dancing/practice.

  • 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 and improvers classes to take intermediates. So 6-count and 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 improvers 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 and Liza Patoux - joined on occasion by Romayne Etwaroo, Sarah Phelps, Emily Duncombe and/or 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 - £12.50

    Includes any combination of 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.

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

Last admission is 10pm.


Block bookings - save money!!

Save money with our Class Cards.

  • 5 entries - £55 (save 12% on the door price)

    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 at 11 Rutland Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 9DH.

Entrance is via the large gate (pictured) then the new entrance porch 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

Walking - 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.

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 free parking on Lonsdale Road just the other side of Hammersmith Bridge from the venue and in some local streets. Kings Mall car park is just off King Street 5 mins walk from the venue - open 24/7 and very good value. Parking outside the venue in Rutland Grove is metered until 10pm.


Useful links

Venue website www.hammersmithclub.co.uk/

Google Business Page - Swingland

London Underground & Buses
AA Route Planner
Parkopedia

A-Train - Dates

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

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 9 April 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 16 April 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 23 April 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 30 April 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 7 May 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 14 May 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 21 May 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 28 May 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

A-Train - classes and dancing

Thursday 4 June 2020 - A-Train - classes and dancing @ The Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, London W6 9DH

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

Just turn up

In line with official government advice re COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all our classes and dancing are now closed until further notice. Stay safe, look after your families, friends & neighbours - and see you on the other side.

Sunday 5 April

Swingland Twickenham - class and dancing

Learn to swing dance in Twickenham, Middx - every Sunday

3.30pm Beginners Lindy hop class

4.30pm Dancing/practice

Monday 6 April

No Brixton classes for now

Brixton classes (Mondays) are closing during the Covid-19 outbreak - back as soon as possible!  Currently all our other regular weekly classes and dancing are running.

Tuesday 7 April

C Jam - classes and dancing

Classes and dancing at South London's Premier - and longest running - Swing Dance Night! Every Tuesday
This Tuesday come and learn the Big Apple - classic jazz routine. I figure we'll need something non-contact that takes a decent amount of weeks to teach so Big Apple it is. Come and have some fun!
Beginners swing class first with no need to rotate partners unless you want to, then Big Apple.
See you at The Bedford!

Wednesday 8 April

Swingland Windsor - classes

Learn to swing dance in Windsor, Berkshire - every Wednesday

Thursday 9 April

A-Train - classes and dancing

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

Saturday 11 April

South London SwingFest 2020

Established in 2015, South London SwingFest is an annual festival of live swing music, swing dance workshops and dancing at The Bedford, Balham in the heart of South London.  We have the most amazing weekend of live swing music, swing dance workshops and dancing lined up for you as we take over The Bedford for the Easter holiday!
For details and booking see www.swingfest.org.uk.

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