the wednesday club

Learn to swing dance in Marble Arch at London’s premier Lindy Hop class night!

The Wednesday Club is our evening of drop-in swing dance classes in the stunning Stern Hall, near Marble Arch. We teach the original swing dance from the 1920s, 30s and 40s – the Lindy Hop! Fun & challenging classes taught by champion dancer and world-renowned teacher Sharon Davis, often with special guest instructors. Choose from four levels, from Absolute Beginners through to Advanced.
NO PARTNER NEEDED. You don’t need to bring a partner. We will rotate partners in class, so you will dance with lots of people – a great way to make friends!
 
START ANYTIME. This is a drop-in class (not a course) so these classes can be taken in any order. Start any time and drop in to these classes whenever you want.

evening schedule

6.30pm Beginners Lindy Hop
7.30pm Intermediate Lindy Hop
8.30pm Intermediate-Advanced Lindy Hop
9.30pm Advanced Lindy Hop

World class swing dance lessons in a beautiful art deco ballroom in Central London.

pre-booked prices

Pre-book online to save time on arrival.

£15 per class or buy an online class package to get great savings:

  • 5-Class Package: £60 (£12 per class)
  • 10-Class Package: £100 (£10 per class)

Class packages can be used for all JazzMAD drop-in classes, not just Wednesday Club classes.

prices at the door

£15 per class, or £10 per class if you take more than one class in a night (ie: £20 for two classes, £30 for three classes).

We accept cash, debit/credit card & mobile payments at the door. 

Payments accepted

dates

The W Club is held most, but not all Wednesdays. Always check the website for dates. 2019 dates are:

9 January 2019
16 January 2019
23 January 2019

6 February 2019
13 February 2019
20 February 2019

6 March 2019
13 March 2019

3 April 2019
10 April 2019
17 April 2019

1 May 2019
8 May 2019
15 May 2019
22 May 2019

5 June 2019
12 June 2019
19 June 2019

3 July 2019
10 July 2019
17 July 2019
24 July 2019

7 August 2019
14 August 2019
21 August 2019

4 September 2019
11 September 2019
18 September 2019

2 October 2019
16 October 2019
23 October 2019

6 November 2019
13 November 2019
20 November 2019

4 December 2019
11 December 2019

location

Address: Stern Hall, 33 Seymour Place, London W1H 5AU
On arrival: look for the white doorway on Seymour Place with wooden doors. Ring the buzzer to be let in. 
Closest tube station: Marble Arch, Bond Street, Edgeware Road

 

I had done zero dancing before, so I was pretty nervous showing up. But the teachers put me totally at ease and the class flew by! There were lots of different ages and mix of people there. The teaching was clear and they obviously have been doing this a long time, they know their stuff. And they are funny! They really made us all laugh. Will definitely be back and bring my friends. Thanks!

Simon Holtham

frequently asked questions

What is swing dancing?

It’s a partner dance that is upbeat, social and a lot of fun! We teach the original swing dance from the 1930s and 1940s, called the Lindy Hop! Lindy Hop was born in New York in the late 1920s and became a worldwide dance craze during the swing era. It’s having a huge revival around the world now, and London is one of the best cities in the world to dance it. Swing dancing is done to big band swing music and it’s irresistibly toe-tapping!

Are these classes for adults?

These are adult swing dance classes. All ages are welcome!

What level am I?

Here’s a handy guide to the four levels at The Wednesday Club…

6.30pm Beginners: Want to learn to swing dance from scratch? This is the level for you! This level is for people that have never done any swing dancing before. You don’t need to bring a partner. We will rotate partners in class, so you will dance with lots of people – a great way to make friends! These classes can be taken in any order, so you can start any time and you can drop in to classes whenever you want. It doesn’t matter if you miss a week. Most people can expect to stay in Beginners level for 3-6 months.

7.30pm Intermediate: This class is for swing dancers who are already confident with their fundamentals. You should know your basic 6-Count Lindy, 8-Count Lindy and Lindy Charleston. You should be confident with your Swing Outs and Lindy Circles, and have some social dancing experience. The Intermediate level focuses on:

  • Technique – polish fundamentals, build connection & make your Lindy Hop feel great
  • Repertoire – learn all the classic moves & material every Lindy Hopper must know
  • Style – explore styles & make your Lindy Hop look cool
  • Confidence – get more confident social dancing at all tempos

Most students would expect to stay in Intermediate level for 6-12 months. These classes can be taken in any order, so drop in anytime.

8.30pm Intermediate-Advanced: This class is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced dancers. The topic is different every week, for example: a specialised Lindy Hop theme, a challenging sequence, an important dance skill, musicality, connection or rhythm. These classes can be taken in any order, so drop in any time, start any time.

9.30pm Advanced: This class is for Lindy Hoppers who are very confident with their fundamentals and are looking to challenge themselves with advanced connection, challenging moves, sweet rhythms, musicality and style. There is new material every single week for the Advanced level. Drop in any time.

What should I wear/bring?

Just wear comfortable clothes that allow for unrestricted movement. Jeans and a t-shirt (or anything similar) would be perfect. Swing dancers usually wear flat, closed shoes, so tennis shoes for example are fine.

Read our blog article all about swing dance shoes here.

When can I start?

You can start any time! These are drop-in classes, not a course.  So start anytime and drop in whenever you want to. It doesn’t matter if you miss a week. 

In the Beginners level there are new students starting every single week, so we will always teach the basics from scratch.

Who is the teacher?

Sharon Davis is a world champion Lindy Hopper and the director of the European Swing Dance Championships. She has taught Lindy Hop all around the world, from Australia to Sweden, Argentina to Korea. She is a passionate teacher and her enthusiasm is infectious. You are guaranteed to leave her classes addicted to swing! Sharon’s teaching style is friendly and fun. Sharon is the director of the Jazz Music & Dance Co.

The Wednesday Club also often has special guest instructors, including champion dancers, internationally famous teachers and legends of swing… all at no extra cost! 

What will I learn in the Beginners level?

There are three footwork patterns used in swing dancing: the 6-count basic, the 8-count basic, and the Charleston basic. We spend about 4 classes in a row on each of these, so we cycle through all the swing dance fundamentals across roughly 12 classes. You can start at any time, and if you take 12 classes in a row, you’ll get through all the material. But you can also take these classes in any order and drop in when you want to. Most students stay in the Beginners level for 3-6 months.

What if I have to miss one of the classes?

Don’t worry! You can drop in to these Beginner classes whenever you can. It doesn’t matter if you miss a class, or don’t come to sequential classes. You can take these classes in any order and start any time.

When should I move up a level?

When you feel confident that you’ve mastered any given level, you can move up to the next level class, held in the following hour. Some students like to take both classes together for a while, to transition.

I’ve attended five or six weeks so far and what really impresses me is how much attention you pay to the students’ dancing and what great advice you give us. I feel I’ve already learnt so much in the few weeks I’ve been coming to the classes. It’s great how thorough and helpful you are while still being playful and making the classes very enjoyable.

Andrew Savage