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Elinor Huggett


I was born in Cornwall, and studied Mathematics in Bath before moving to London seven years ago to do a Master’s degree in Environmental Design. I’ve been living in the N16 area for more than five years now, and absolutely love it – it really feels like a community within the city.
I got into swing dancing about five years ago (a friend suggested it and I got hooked!), so when I heard about the beginning of SwingTrain I thought it was a brilliant idea. I love that it’s accessible to everyone, no matter their age, fitness levels or abilities, and I work hard to make sure that everyone who comes to my classes enjoys it. The SwingTrain movements are inspired by the vintage street dances of Charleston, lindy hop, and shag, and they take place to the elating sounds of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz.

The classes are for everyone! Regardless of age, fitness or ability, my goal is always to make sure people have a great time, get moving, and leave with a smile on their face – no previous dance or fitness experience required! The full body exercises work legs, arms, and core, as well as developing coordination and mental agility through memorable routines.
At the end of class I always have a stream of people walking past me, grinning and saying how much fun they’ve had. I always tell people from the outset that my priority is that they have fun – and it seems to work! It’s amazing to think people can burn up to 500 calories in an hour and hardly even realise it.