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About the dance:
[Daytime Dance Hornsey]
Mambalsa is a fun, new partner dance created in 2014.
It looks like a traditional smooth and stylish Latin partner dance with a little extra funk and groove. It also works in lines (grids) circles (ruedas) and even solo.

What makes Mambalsa different from the dances of previous centuries is that it works to any 4:4 time music at any speed, from a slow sensual Cuban bolero to rave anthem.
From the smartphone in our pocket we have almost instant access to every genre of music from anywhere in the world and Mambalsa allows us dance to it, exploring the connection between rhythm, movement and culture.

At its heart, Mambalsa has an ethos of fun, confidence, respect and well-being.
We dance to feel good and have fun. Expressing our inner confidence through empathy generates a playful creative culture of friendship and positiverty.

Mambalsa is an easy dance to learn, the rules that define the dance are easy and clear. Typically you’ll be up and dancing Mambalsa within two minutes, just right for a society that expects things to work straight out of the box.

What are its Origins?
In 2014 My wife felicity was playing violin at a bolero concert and I realised that for all my salsa skills I couldn’t dance to a bolero. It just didn’t seem to fit. At the same time I was talking to some old school friends about reforming our band which brought to mind all those fabulous eighties songs and again I realized I couldn’t dance to it (beyond dad’s disco).
If only there was a dance that I could dance slow and sensually to and then bop to pop. Even the modern jives couldn't cope with slower songs, so I set about creating one.

The default global dance, a simple two step often called ‘Dad’s Disco’ or as I like to call it ‘The English Two Step’, seems to express anxiety. If someone stands in the cold for long enough they will inevitably start to shuffle this to keep warm. In both cases the body withdraws blood from extremities for self preservation. For anyone who is nervous at a beginners class this offers a completely congruent and natural movement.
A confident version of this is Mambo Cuban (tap step tap step)
Many Latin dances have three steps over four beats [:step step step pause:] e.g. salsa, son, bachata etc. At the moment of the pause, they seemed to offer a moment of extrovert expression, a ‘Ta Da’.
I combined them both to form Mambalsa [:tap step tap step tap step step step:]
What I hadn’t realised was how the combination of Mambo Cubano’s anxious congruence combine with salsa’s expressive triple step would speed the learning process. People learn it so quickly! Of course mastery takes a little longer :-)

Check out the [Mambalsa Blog]

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Daytime Dance Project
Daytime Dance is an exciting new project to bring people together for fun and friendship whilst learning a brand new dance Mambalsa, a new social dance that promotes well-being through confidence, empathy and respect.
Location: The Three Compasses, 62 High St, Hornsey, London N8 7NX [Map Link]
Times: Wednesdays 11am to 12.30pm from June 19th
Cost: First session FREE then pay what you want. (I don’t want cost to be a barrier)
Adults of any age welcome (18+)
see also:
[About Mambalsa]
[Mambalsa Blog]

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Follow the progress of the Mambalsa Project on the Mambalsa Blog.
[Mambalsa Blog]

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I'm pleased to announce the i.2.i. dates up to the end of 2019.
I've rewritten the courses for this season.
Every other course is an i.2.i. Essential Moves for Improvers which does what it says on the tin.
As you know salsa isn't just moves so the other courses fit in nicely.

Sunday 08-09-2019 i.2.i. Core Moves for Improvers (like an apple core .. applealing!)
Sunday 22-09-2019 i.2.i. Essential Rueda for Improvers (We’ll have a wheely good time!)
Sunday 13-10-2019 i.2.i. Core Moves for Improvers
Sunday 27-10-2019 i.2.i. Smooth it & Break Some Rules (Smoothy than Chocolate sauce)
Sunday 10-11-2019 i.2.i. Core Moves for Improvers
Sunday 24-11-2019 i.2.i. Salsa Music and Psyc (‘if music be the food of the jungle!)
Sunday 08-12-2019 i.2.i. Core Moves for Improvers

Please note that i.2.i courses run 11.30 -5pm at Salsa!
Info and Bookings Mambalsa Summer newsletter

I’ve posted the Mambalsa Summer newsletter on the Mambalsa Blog.
It includes my thoughts regarding the success of Daytime Dance project and my plans for the future.
Just in case you haven’t heard of Mambalsa, it’s a new partner dance that I created in 2014. I’ve been using it for various projects so take a look and get ahead of the game :-)
Yesterday I received an email from TripAdvisor informing me that I had been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.
I had no idea that there was such a thing but now I've got one I'm a big fan.
It's the chance to thanks to everyone who's taken the time and trouble to say some kind words about my Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive course.

Click the image to visit TridAdvisor

Reflection: (You may prefer to read this on the Salsa Rapido Blog)
When I embedded TripAdvisor into my site I was hoping for praise but open to the possibility of harsh and unfair criticism, and in fairness I've received a one star review from someone who wasn't on the course and a two star review from someone who enjoyed the class but didn't enjoy the fajitas at lunch! May I just add that fajitas are not compulsory and anyone can eat wherever they wish. Lunch isn't even part of the deal so bring a packet of crisps in if you wish but don't blame my course if they didn't have your favourite flavour! (I'm so over it now)
Anyway, I overcame my fears and gave it a go, realising that feedback is good and TripAdivsor offers a third party review that's useful for the pubic when booking.
Many months later and I've received mainly five star reviews.
This tells me that:
My presentation is engaging and entertaining.
People are way nicer than I deserve.
Salsa Rapido is a mature enough method to stand comparison to traditional classes.
I'm really good at asking for five star reviews.

On the last point my hobby of stand up comedy led to five shows at the Edinburgh Fringe where at the end of a show we would have a 'bucket speech' to encourage the audience to give a tip (our only source of income)
Cliched line like "Take some change, fold it and put it in the bucket" were common.
One time I got a waif-like act to kneel down holding the bucket while looking as mournful as a Dickensian child.
Another time a showed the audience picture of my cats on my phone and asked "which one should I 'economise' first?" Well it works for charities!
The result was seldom any different. It was the show that counted.
I got Hacked on Facebook
I wanted to ‘boost’ my post for our new monthly Sunday night event Salsa Clasica (plug plug here’s the link ) I hadn't used it for a year and so wasn’t checking for any activity but found my FaceBook advertising account had been hacked last March......
read more on the Salsa Rapido blog
I've posted three new videos about the concept of Flow and an introductory blog post.

Salsa Rapido blog (please subscribe)
There's now seventeen clips on the Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist and more coming so please subscribe
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist.

Flow - What is it
Flow - How it Affects Salsa
Flow - Finding Flow in Salsa

enjoy :-)

Salsa Footwork. It's all in the feet!

A post to introduce the first four videos in my
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist. (please subscribe)

“Footwork, footwork, footwork” the beginner salsa dancer's bete noire. The very concept that defines salsa and so many dances, hence the Salsa Rapido rule number one:

No Footwork Sequence, No Salsa!

The mastery of the Footwork Sequence FWS becomes the conceptual barrier between beginners and Improvers levels. Which means any time spent on it is well worth it...... Read more at the Salsa Rapido blog
A post to give a progress report on the Salsa Rapido Video Clips
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist. (please subscribe)
I though it a good idea to post an update on how the Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist on YouTube is going.

In been a little over a month since I published the first fourteen clips....... Read more at the Salsa Rapido blog
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
Thanks in advance :-)
For suggestions and suggestions please email me at salsa@streetbeat.co.uk
I have sad news to share as after 13 fun filled years, we will not be continuing Salsa Camden.
For those following the ins and outs, you'll know that a deal was done re bands and promotion for Tuesdays.
That deal has not been honoured.
I will post a full account / rant in my Salsa Rapido blog in the New Year, sufficed to say, that given the toxic environment and despite my best efforts, I have had to let Salsa Camden go.
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who's supported us, for your friendship and energy, and more recently, patience. Plus, of course, for the loyalty and support of the current team, so much appreciated. It's been a blast and there are so many good memories ????
However, tis the season to be jolly, holly, mince pied to the eyes and tinselled around the edges. So,
I and the Salsa Camden Crew would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
....posted by Alastair Sadler Dec 2018
I've publish more articles on the Salsa Rapido 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

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