Choirs, cakewalks + quicksteps: where to sing and dance in Hackney

This January, give the gym a miss – you’ll never go anyway. To improve your health, well-being, and make some new local friends, why not sing and dance your way into 2016?

Hackney Empire Community Choir

From the London Olympics opening ceremony to appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, this is a dynamic, diverse and ambitious group, with a wide musical repertoire. There is a no-audition policy – everyone is welcome regardless of ability.

Hackney Singers

A 150-member classical choir that rehearses at St Luke’s Church on Homerton Terrace. No auditions and you don’t have to read music.

East London Piano Collective

Inspiring teachers host piano classes for adults and children at St John at Hackney and Netil House. They also teach guitar, violin and singing.

Cakewalk Café

Dancing, flirting and exercise combined: professionally run swing classes downstairs at live-music venue Passing Clouds.

Chats Palace

Learn to play folk music or break into song with London’s first sea shanty choir.

Morning Glory

Morning rave at Oval Space with hi-energy dancing, hot DJs, gorgeous scanty outifts, and no concession to the surreally early hour.


An innovative dance and yoga studio teaching expressive improvised dance, Afro-Brazilian moves, contemporary dance for kids, classes for professional dancers and yoga sessions.

Tea dance, Shoreditch Town Hall

A tea dance held in the ornate Victorian Assembly Hall, with sprung maple floor. An optional dance class at noon gets you in the mood for the Latin, quickstep, swing and foxtrot to come, plus there’s tea and a slice of cake. All ages welcome.

Posh Club

Hackney’s over-60s show the rest of the borough how to party at the brilliant Posh Club. Cabaret acts include Bollywood dancers, flappers, acrobats and black, Chinese and white Elvises.