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 Corporate Events and Training

As part of my work as a professional dance teacher, for over twenty year, I’ve been entertaining the guests at corporate events.
My role is to engage and entertain getting everyone up dancing and having fun.
This often becomes the most memorable and photographed part of a function.
My formats draw out the hidden talents of the real stars of an event i.e. the guests.

Getting everyone dancing is not as easy as it sounds’ It takes leadership, skills and a lot of experience to make it work, but when everyone’s dancing, your event will be seen as a success and you are the star that organised it.

I have developed a range of formats to suit any occasion. They fall into three main categories but can be tailored to suit your event.
Please forgive me fir not revealing too much detail as these are my stock in trade, but I will be happy to discuss they over the telephone at your convenience.

Party formats:
‘The Strictly Battle’ A dance competition fuelled by office politics and a free bar!
‘The Snow Ball’ An extension of working the room where the snowball gets bigger and bigger.
‘The Guest Side Story’ The Shark ‘n Jets battle it out on stage in musical chorus line choreography.

Talk formats:
‘My life in dance’ Comedy anecdotes from the dance floor.
‘Two Left Feet’ Why are English men so rubbish at dancing A light hearted look a partner dancing from Dad’s Disco to the Mambalsa.
‘Flow me’ The Psychology of learning dance or anything.

Comedy format:
Quillarious The comedy writing game show, where we get your group to write and perform stand up.

Please call me (Alastair Sadler) to discuss your event contact us

 Pdf Guide to Dance at Corporate Events

Lets have some fun and do something interesting at your corporate event.
Download Guide to Dance at Corporate events in pdf format.

Here's the link to Quillarious- The comedy writing game show where we write and perform stand up.
Download Guide to Quillarious at Corporate events in pdf format.

 Client List

Alastair's client list includes:


  • Wellcome Trust,
  • BBC,
  • British Army,
  • Pride,
  • HM Revenue & Customs,
  • Ernst & Young,
  • British Airways.

His TV credits include Baby Father I & II, Casualty, Happiness, Auf Weidersehn Pet and the BBC Ident.
As a MC and stand up Alastair regularly takes shows to the Edinburgh Fringe.
“He’s the bread that holds the bacon butty of the show together” Broadway Baby.

 Tips to Get Your Party Dancing

1 Understand why people dance: To enjoy, express and be seen within a group. It strengthens bonds, cuts across corporate structures. Dancers stay longer and drink less, which saves money and possibly a little embarrassment back at the office. They also provide the visual focus after the ‘entertainers’ have left. I think it’s fair to say that a party where everyone danced is remembered as a good party.

2 Let’s get cheesy: No not the macarena! Who’s your big cheeses? Are they just ‘showing their face’? Butter them up until they brie-ese onto the floor. It’s a real gouda pleaser.

3 Work the room: Network every group of people before the dancing. Put dance on their radar and ask for their support.

4 Take control: All you’ve got to be is part MC, comedian and ‘Strictly’ pro. If you don’t take control who will? Or, get a professional in and bask in the glory of your management.

5 Involve everyone: the ‘can’t dance won't dance’ brigade hate to dance. Don’t exclude them, they'd love to be your judges, commentators, prize givers and photographers.

6 Location: Often the ‘party’ is in one space and the dancing is in another, fracturing the crowd. Place the dancing in the center so it’s the important hub of the event.

7 Prime the pumps: DJ’s set the mood, live music and shows are sensational, but don’t expect that crowd on the dance floor without a catalyst - you!

8 Celebrities: are expensive because they are known. Your co-workers are your own in-company stars. You’ve just got to get them performing.

9 Experience counts: When the plan hits the fan and excuses are flying who going to step in and turn it around?

10 Have fun: Dance entertainment is the most enjoyable, cost effective and memorable part of your event. Enjoy :-)

I hope these start a conversation with your team. Please feel free to call me a chat through your event. I’ll help if I can :-) contact us (it’s free)

 Event Pricing

It's very hard to give an example of a typical event. They are so dependent of date, time of year and location and of course content.
As a rough guide: £450 - £750
Please make the call and lets talk about your event.

sprite-offer Offers:

This Spring I'm making all my beginners classes FREE
Do as many as you need to move up to improvers at 8pm (also with me -Alastair)
The Beginners mow start 7.15pm FREE 30min class

All other levels 8pm - 10pm see Blend Format.

sprite-news Events:

Following the success of Deep Salsa this Ocober here's another date not to be missed.
The NEW 'Deep Salsa for Intermediates' Salsa Rapido Intensive course.

This course is not and bunch of moves, styling or footwork. It’s for dancers who are looking to energise their salsa through looking at things in a different way. It uses models and exercises that you may not be familiar with, but they allow you to discover the underlying psychology and ways to change the way you dance if necessary.

Salsa Rapido® Method:
The ethos of Salsa Rapido is the same at all levels.It’s the Fast, Fun and Progressive approach to salsa. In other words I want to get you better faster, while having a heap of fun. If you think teaching should be a dry, boring or an authoritarian experience, be warned you’ll hate this! It's fun and challenging.

Are you intermediate?
My definition of an intermediate is someone who regularly dances freestyle salsa.
I’m the first to admit that’s a wide group of levels but I’m working on the basis that those who dance in clubs should know enough to lead/ follow and can operate at ‘club speed’. Improvers can handle the info but struggle to implement things as fast simply because they haven't had enough ‘real time’ dance floor experience.
If you’re not sure call me 07939012231

Itinerary:
11.30am -5pm at Salsa Soho, 96 Charing Cross Road,
Regular price £40 per person
If you've done an i2i course in the last 6 months use the offer code 'flav'- £30
If you've done a 1-Day Intensive for Beginners in the last two months use the offer code 'b4'- £35
Advanced booking only please.

What’s on the course:

What is an advanced dancer:
What motivates a dancer to go from Intermediate to advanced? Motivation
Getting the most from each dance. Rapport
The Buzzsaw of Tension Release

Deep salsa:
Reactive leading - turning mistakes into opportunities.
Avoiding the blame game
The follower’s game - (trust me you’ll love it) Adv Body language

Moves:
The random move machine - Divergent thinking
Making the moves your own
Within his combos
Finding the state of Flow

Musical Interpretation to energise everything:
Find the beat
Making beats work for you
MI framework
On Sunday 29th July, join us as we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Thames Salsa Cruise! Yes, that’s right, we’ve been running the Thames Salsa Cruise for a whopping 20 whole years this summer! Two decades of dancing on the decks of MV Royalty, up and down the River to the music of DJ Felicidad and partying all the way and what fun it’s been :-) The Thames, the skyline and faces have changed but the boat, the fun, and the energy is better than ever so if you’re new to this event or want to revisit it, we would love you to come and share this fabulous moment with us!

NEWS FLASH OVER 75% SOLD OUT AND ONLY A WEEK TO GO! BOOK NOW!!

Come and salsa the River as we cruise from the Festival Pier Southbank to the Barrier and back. Watch the sunset as you sip a drink on the back deck, then see the River sparkle as the city lights up; all the while listening to some great salsa music to entice you back to the dance floor.
Four hours of dancing and fun; what a great way to spend a summer evening!
Departs Festival Pier by the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank at 6.45pm, returning at 10.50pm

Get your ticket early because we will probably sell out!
Groups (5+) cost £15 and the regular advanced price is £18. (£22 cash on the day)
i2i Big Combos Flavour 11.30-5pm at bar Salsa Soho!

Salsa moves are often presented as big combinations or combos. From You Tube clips to salsa classes at salsa congresses and weekenders, big combos are the standard packagings of repertoire.
This course will give you big combos! (I think you probably guessed that!)
Also:
How to survive Big Combo style classes.
How we remember moves and make them danceable straight after the class.
Bringing a routine up to standard for stage, tv, competitions and (dare I say it) a wedding dance.
Most importantly, making a combo your own.
Please note:
It doesn't matter which order you take the i2i Flavours. (Do Big Combos pt 2 or pt 1 in any order!)
All Salsa Rapido? i2i Flavours salsa classes are not suitable for absolute beginners.
All i2i Flavours salsa lessons start with the compulsory Salsa Rapido? framework section which introduces/ reinforces core concepts of event led salsa dancing.

If you've done an i2i course in the last 6 months use the offer code 'flav'
If you've done a 1-Day Intensive for Beginners in the last two months use the offer code 'b4'
Regular price ?£40 per person and we now start at 11.30am
i2i Musical interpretation salsa course at bar Salsa Soho!
Musical interpretation in salsa is a wide field. The aim is to interact with the music so that the dance finds a greater meaning.
In short if you interact with the music you'll feel better and have more fun! It's your best friend when you work with it and your worst enemy if you choose to ignore it.
There will be loads of salsa moves and combos to try but each exercise will highlight a point about the music.
So here's a brief outline of what's covered:

The course covers:
Salsa Timing how to get it and keep it.
Salsa Music the never ending debate - Historical time line
Salsa club sub genres (bachata, merengue, cumbia, son, etc...)
The instruments of a typical salsa band and their rhythmic contribution
The Salsa Rapido framework for musical interpretation ( how to use the music)
Please note:
This course wont be a bunch of Dos and Dont's, Interpretation is a personal decision and this course helps you to make it.
As ever this i2i Flavours course start with the essential Salsa Rapido Framework which makes this course a direct follow on from the 1-Day Intensive.
Loads of info on the site or call me 0208 888 5507


If you've done an i2i course in the last 6 months use the offer code 'flav'
If you've done a 1-Day Intensive for Beginners in the last two months use the offer code 'b4'
Regular price £40 per person and we now start at 11.30am

sprite-news News:

We are back at Gabeto this Tuesday
No really we are!
We didn't want a break, we didn't ask for a break but break we got one.
First it was the World cup, where needy multi million pound earning men do their thing.My favourite bit are the mono syllabic interviews.
Personally I'm sure England would have won if they hadn't been burdened with the guild of the gender pay gap in British sport!
Last Tuesday was a cock up of massive proportions. Moe's Flight delayed which ment further delays upon arrival. DeLarry was on Holiday and to cap it all there was an office party at the venue that over ran by several hours causing issues with the sound etc.
My sincere apologies to one and all.
Breath.
This week will be back to anything but normal with all three teachers.
Just in case you've forgotten the beginners starts at 7.30pm and Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced start at 8pm promt.
Please come and enjoy.
And finally we're have tickets on sale for the Thames Salsa Cruise (cash only at Camden)
I'm pleased to announce the i.2.i. dates up to the end of August 2018.

Sunday 15-04-2018 i2i-Music Interp & Garnish (Garnish is everything that breaks the rules)
Sunday 13-05-2018 Thames Salsa Cruise (not a course but great fun)
Sunday 20-05-2018 i2i-Spins (weeeeeeee)
Sunday 10-06-2018 i2i-Travelling (Big movements across the floor)
Sunday 24-06-2018 i2i-Smooth Styling (It's awesome just do it!)
Sunday 08-07-2018 i2i-Rueda (The iconic Cuban Wheel)
Sunday 22-07-2018 i2i-Deep Salsa (The psychology of the dance floor/ Jungle)
Sunday 29-07-2018 Thames Salsa Cruise (not a course but great fun)
Sunday 05-08-2018 i2i-Big Combos (AKA Move Crunch - Classic move combinations)
Sunday 19-08-2018 i2i-Music Interp & Garnish

Please note that i.2.i courses run 11.30 -5pm at Salsa!
Info and Bookings
Here's my recent review of a Bar + Block Kings Cross – Simply Great Steak

Within earshot of the buzz emanating from bustling Kings Cross station, on York Road, is Bar + Block. The buzz continues inside, as if London’s tourists, shopper and business types have paused for a moment for a drink and a chat at the bar before stepping back into the hussel and bussel of their lives.
We’re seated in the restaurant section behind the bar
............. read on

More of my reviews for luxurylondon.com
Bar + Block Kings Cross – Simply Great Steak
Haggis Making Master Class at Mac 'n Wild - Devonshire Square
Ta-Ko at Victory Mansions- Stoke Newington
Ta-Ko at Victory Mansions- Stoke Newington
Wringer Mangle in Spitalfields
Tom Simmons Tower Bridge
Chai Wu at Harrods/
Cocktail Book Club Merchant House - Farringdon
Nine Lives- London Bridge




I've publish more articles on the Salsa Rapido blog.

streetbeat.co.uk/blog

Other Salsa Rapido articles include:
Top Tips for Pre-Beginners in Salsa 10/25/2017
Counts Commonly Used in Salsa 10/18/2017
Salsa Rapido method- Fast, Fun & Progressive 28/09/2017
Travelling steps 30/04/2017
The Mechanics of Spinning 20/04/2017
What is Salsa Style? 08/02/2017
How I got into salsa 11/01/2017
Welcome to the Salsa Rapido Method 09/01/2017
We're Back!!!
After months in the wilderness of Camden Market we're back at the venue formerly known as The Cuban and now called Gabeto. It's a new clean shiny bar in the same building and the decor's more London and less Havana.

Join Moe, DeLarry and Me for a bunch of classes and fun

Some of the classes will be in Gabeto bar and some in Gabeto Studio AKA Alchemy but come to the bar first.

NEW START TIME OF 7.30pm we will be starting on time with or without you so please check in early.

New Pricing: £10 per evening. We'll be introducing a Cafe Nero style loyalty card.

I'd like to thank everyone for their support over this summer and welcome everyone back to get this night buzzing.
I've set up a new section on the site for Tripadvisor reviews of the 1-Day Intensive Course.
If you've been on the course recently and would be kind enough to review it please go to
link
Thanks in advance :-)
For suggestions and suggestions please email me at salsa@streetbeat.co.uk

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