The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!

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  • The Jago


  • Live Music, Classes and Date Night
  • Tickets from £10.00
  • Jazz, Live Music and Rhythm and Blues
  • Over 18
  • Every Wednesday
  • 20:00 - 01:00

Swing Dancing! Learn this fun, dynamic and challenging style of partner dance in a friendly social setting aimed at total beginners.

Every Wednesday in Dalston we hold a fun introductory lesson before The Cakewalk Cafe, a weekly live jazz night, where you can practice your new moves on the floor to a live band or watch in the corner sipping on cheap drinks late into the night!

- Wednesdays with Phil Mamuyac & Tine Gatchalian
- 8-9 beginners class, live music social until 1am
- @ The Jago at 440 Kingsland Rd
- £10
- Prebook not required, just show up!
- Partner not required, we got you covered!
- Cash & Card accepted on the door!

What is Swing Dancing?
It’s a partner dance from the 1930’s primarily done to early jazz (aka swing) music. Specifically we call it Lindy Hop, give it a search in YouTube for reference. Nowadays people from all over the world participate in this style of dance. It’s fun, social, challenging to learn and open to anyone.

What do I wear?
Come as you are, comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move around in....don’t worry about dressing up in any special way.

This is my first lesson, is that okay?
Total beginners welcome! Each class starts from scratch. The majority of our students are also trying out their first dance lesson too!

Can I really show up alone?
Yep, in fact we rotate partners throughout the class, so you’ll always have a partner and eventually get to know most the students!

What kind of people show up?
All types! Artist, business people, artistic business people, anyone .
Ages typically range in class from mid 20’s to mid 30’s....but age doesn’t matter (unless your under 18, in which case, we can’t have you). At the social, you can dance with people up to almost 80 years old, we have one of the most diverse parties around!

Is Cakewalk Cafe included in the class?
Yes! All students are welcome to hang out afterwards and enjoy the live band which plays hot jazz until 1am on a school night!

The Cakewalk Cafe started back in 2009 when the Jago was called Passing Clouds. It's now in it’s original spot after a couple of year break. It is a night of old style jazz dancing curated by Ewan Bleach. We feature some of the best jazz musicians and dancers from around the  world specializing in 20s-40s, ragtime, jazz, blues, swing and more!
There is always a Jam Session from 11.30pm-1am, where anyone is welcome to sing an old song or blow their horn

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Beginner Swing Dance Lesson ((7:30pm) + Live Jazz Night 20:00 - 01:00 £10.00



The Jago, 440, Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AA

Nearest Station

Dalston Junction (Rail)


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The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!
The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!
The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!
The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!
The Cake Walk Cafe: Live jazz and swing dance lessons every week!

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