Black Tie Ballroom Club

Indian YMCA

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Friday 4 August 2017 and 3 other Fridays
19:00 - 22:30
Tickets from £10
Live Music, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Live Music, Jazz, Retro, Rhythm and Blues
Over 18

Partnered  dancing on a large wooden floor to a live ten piece strict tempo dance orchestra and mainly 1930s records of quickstep, slow foxtrot, slow and Viennese waltz, tango, swing, jive, rumba and some cha cha, samba and Charleston.

Dress code strictly black tie, evening dress and vintage only (no tacky fancy dress costumes please).

Ten most glamorously dressed women competition.

Free introductory dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7 pm to 7,30 pm.

Quickstep bus stop and four or five male and female taxi dancers available  for all our guests at no extra charge.

Opening windows and good natural ventilation, candlelelit tables and chairs for all guests and a balcony area with seats for those who do not choose to dance. Free issue tea, sparkling water and Coca Cola

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Indian YMCA
41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ

Nearest station:
Warren Street (Tube)


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George Tudor-Hart

George Tudor -Hart produces events and in general helps to promote partnered dancing to pre-war style music with guests in forrmal dress.and has been doing this for four years. He also manages a ballroom and Latin dance class in SW19 every Sunday


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Really enjoyed my time. Friendly people. It's nice to be asked to dance. Lots of courteous 'Taxi' dancers on hand too if you're on your own without a dance partner. Great value for money as well. So, get dressed up and have a high heel good time! Joan V visited Indian YMCA on 07 Jul 2017
11 Jul 2017 by

Friendly people, pleasant atmosphere and the live band is always great to have! Chi visited Indian YMCA on 07 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by

a wonderful evening with great atmosphere and music visited Indian YMCA on 09 Jun 2017
11 Jun 2017 by

Great evening, lovely friendly atmosphere. Roger visited Indian YMCA on 09 Jun 2017
11 Jun 2017 by

I have been going to these dances for a while. They are always excellent nights. The music is very good, usually a jazz band and a singer with records in between. It is also great to find somewhere where every one makes the effort to dress well. All the ladies where evening dresses (usually long) and men in black tie. The bus stop dance ensures you always get plenty of dances, I usually go on my own and that is not a problem as everyone is so friendly. I would strongly recommend these dances to anyone who wants to dance with out the head banging music of a lot of places. alison visited Indian YMCA on 09 Jun 2017
06 Jun 2017 by

Sounds excellent! We are inviting all the dancers to join the Jubilee Russian Charity Ball on 1, July 2017 at Drapers Hall!
28 May 2017 by

This is a fun evening for ballroom dancers (all levels) . It’s a chance to indulge in a little bit of old time glamour, and indeed everyone makes an effort to dress the part, which adds to the ‘special occasion’ feel. There’s a live band and singer to add to the party mood. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere – everyone loves to dance – and no need to come with a partner. Very reasonable price too – definitely an event for the ballroom dancer’s diary.
19 May 2017 by

I have been to a number of meetings of the Black Tie Ballroom Club over the last year or so, and all have been excellent. There are very few non-dance school related opportunities available to ballroom dancers, and most dance events rely entirely on recorded music. In contrast the Black Tie always has a live band (which changes from time to time), and a great singer. The crowd there are very friendly and you can be assured of many dances even if you turn up without a partner. I would certainly recommend this as a great experience to anyone who is currently having ballroom lessons, or to those who have done so in the dim and distant past and need to knock a bit of rust off...! jackdaw9 visited Indian YMCA on 07 Jul 2017
18 May 2017 by

Lots of room to dance properly, well run and elegant people and good music from a fantastic set of musicians, A joy to attend. A really good night out. George is such a sweetie.
18 May 2017 by

What a great evening of dance, ballroom, Latin and jive. Booked tickets for Black Tie Ballroom Club's next dance 9th June. Friendly atmosphere, good dancing, come along, smashing night out. Roger visited Indian YMCA on 09 Jun 2017
17 May 2017 by

A very well organised event at a very reasonable price. Good standard of dancing and a very good central london location. Best thing to do is to go along and try it out for yourself.

Reply from Black Tie Ballroom Club

Thank you Tom. I do my best to make it how I want a dance to be,but of course, it's a struggle
17 May 2017 by

I find the music very hard to dance to as there doesn't seem to be a beat to pick up. I know the music is from a past era, but I have been to tea dances which play a variety of music and can seem to be able to dance to it ok. Also I find it lacking in atmosphere, whether that is to do with the era it is from I don't know! visited Indian YMCA on 05 May 2017

Reply from Black Tie Ballroom Club

It is true that records played at most tea dances are usually selected to be as easy as possible to dance to, I choose to play records of mostly pre war music, and these are played from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm then we have live music, and you do not mention if you also found the orchestra difficult to dance to. Some months have a more seductive atmosphere than others, which is probably determined mostly by the guests who attend, but there are always many skilled and active dancers, and the floor is always busy, which says something. I play music which I personally like to listen to and dance to, I accept that is is not everyone's cup of tea, but as you say, there are many tea dances in Greater London for those whose musical preferences differ to mine. I am attempting to create a place I would go to myself, but maybe I am not skilled enough to achieve this . We will see. Sorry if you didn't enjoy it, but I do try
15 May 2017 by

It was excellent The music , the dancing, everything I brought 3 more friends and they really enjoyed it The only thing that made me feel bad was i was approached by a certain gentleman ,( i am not sure if he was the organiser)who told me that it was so" uncool "to take picture if my friend as she was dancing I think it was her uncool and rude of him to do so We are having nice time and we need to have memories . Thank you Elina visited Indian YMCA on 05 May 2017

Reply from Black Tie Ballroom Club

Yes, sorry. There are photos taken at our dances that you can see on Facebook and download, or from our meet up site. I am afraid that we discourage guests using , and are considering banning mobile phones as they are not conducive to the atmosphere we are attempting to create. We are aware that not all agree with such a policy. Sorry.
07 May 2017 by

The dance is just as advertised. I bought an early bird ticket, making this a great deal. As an out of town guest I was pleased with how friendly everyone was. Black Tie Ballroom Club is a great concept and very well executed. I hope to make it back for another dance soon.
09 Apr 2017 by

The best place to do partnered dancing if you like dressing up and prefer live music. Cheap at £10 for early bird tickets and the location in Fitzroy Square is charming, too. The Indian canteen in the same building does a three course set meal for £8 which is a bonus. The beginners half hour dance lesson is a thoughtful taster for those who can't do partnered dancing,The main drawback is they close early at 10.30 pm. The strict dress code helps the place feel period, and most glamorous women competition encourages effort dress wise. The vocalisr is a professional opera singer who can sing in tune,, and without a microphone, which makes a change. It's also pleasant to hear records and a band that are not ear shatteringly loud, and I liked the idea of banning mobile phones, but suspect ti went down less well with others
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