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I'm delighted to announce the wonderful news that the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive courses return from August 22nd and dates have been released through to Christmas 2020.

The Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive course is the world’s first, the longest running and most successful salsa course of its kind, not to mention a 2019 TripAdviser Certificate of Excellence winner, and it seems only fitting that this salsa course is one of the very first to return to London’s West End after nearly four months of lockdown.

Like many things we’ve had to make adjustments to a new post coronavirus era of salsa teaching in the UK.
At present I can only offer ‘couples only’ bookings so we can partner dance safely.
Numbers are also restricted and we have to get used to many precautions that seemed unthinkable only months ago.

Having taught salsa for twenty five years, I remember a time when salsa dancing was small, exotic and underground. This gave it an appealing edge. I believe partner dancing post lockdown will offer that same buzz. A chance to begin an amazing journey of expression and communication, both on the dance floor and off.

For couples who have never danced salsa together, I thoroughly recommend learning salsa. It will enhance your communication, expression and confidence in each other. Dance is a gift that keeps giving. It rewards your relationship in so many subtle ways. I see it at every salsa class, a gesture, a nod, a twinkle in the eyes of couples that shows the world that these two people work well together.

As Albert Einstein said:
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
I was set and ready to run the Brighton Marathon on 19th April but....
So I thought I'd keep my marathon blog going as a way to journal my coronavirus experience.
Enjoy the latest episode Lockdown London, especially if you now North London a little.

www.alastairmarathon.blogspot.com

The Brighton Marathon's been rescheduled to September 2020 so I've kept the JustGiving page going at:
JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

As of 18/03/2020 Due to the Coronavirus pandemic:
All courses are suspended until further notice.



With regards to the Prime Minister's announcement at c.5.30 today March 18th 2020:

As schools will close this Friday I feel it's the right time act regarding my salsa courses.
I will be suspending all Salsa Rapido courses at Salsa Soho and Salsa Temple until an appropriate time to restart.

Meanwhile I'm going to move to a new venue called Online :-)
As many of you know, last year I started the SalsaRapido playlist on YouTube.
These short concept clips will be expanded into the Dance Salsa at Home :-)
They'll be detailed and fun and completely Free.
You can also follow us on the Salsa Rapido blog salsarapido.blogspot.co.uk
and of course Facebook

This April, Fliss (my wife) and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary of setting up The Streetbeat Salsa Co. so we've no intention of going anywhere.

All current bookings will be placed on a holding list and I will contact everyone individually in due course.

Thank you for your support and I wish you and yours good health.

SYOTOS - See you on the other side :-)
Alastair

Re Coronavirus (as of 13/03/2020)
Last night the government indicated that their response to the coronavirus pandemic had changed from ‘Containment’ to the ‘Delay’ phase.
I thought I’d update my position regarding the Salsa Rapido Intensive Salsa Courses.

Salsa is a self selecting group of healthy and energetic people. There is nothing about partner dancing that puts us at greater risk than any other social activity. Like other activities, we do all need to take one or two simple precautions in the light of coronavirus.

We all have to balance our personal needs with those of society and I imagine no two positions are identical. Here are mine, and I promise to respect those whose views differ:

All courses will go ahead as planned unless I am prevented from running a course by:
Government restrictions, which I will follow completely and any imposed by the venue.
My personal ill health. I promise to self isolate immediately.
Lack of demand.

At the course:
Please take every opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly upon arrival and during the day. I do :-)
I cannot guarantee hand sanitiser will be available, please bring your own if you wish.
Please understand that the balanced numbers will not be guaranteed, but I assume the bug affects men and women equally. I can guarantee you’ll have fun and learn loads.
Wearing face masks will not be allowed whilst dancing.
Couples may not stay together all day as per my usual T&C.

Before the course:
Should you feel unwell due to Coronavirus symptoms in the days before the course please contact me and confirm you are self isolating. I will transfer you onto a holding list, where you can rebook at a later time. No transfer fee will be charged. All other reasons for transfer will be dealt with as usual.

My experience tells me that it’s highly unlikely that you will wake up on the morning of the course feeling unwell, so I ask you NOT to leave it until then. Note there is no requirement to self isolate for a hangover!
Seriously, ask yourself if you’re 100% well and decide. Everyone's health depends on people making honest, adult decisions to self isolate sooner.
Please note that saying “I’m not sure if I'll be able to....” is not a decision.

In the event of a course being cancelled by me, I will offer the choice of holding your booking or a full refund. I will make every effort to contact you by text and email, please help by confirming you’ve received cancellation messages promptly.
As per the usual Terms and conditions: ‘No shows’ i.e. those who do not attend without prior notice will not be transfered or refunded.

I hope these precautions are reasonable and proportionate and I look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.
Link to regular terms and conditions
Regards
Alastair 07939012231

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 :-)
mambalsa-summer-2019-newsletter.html
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 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
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.

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
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sprite-camden  Welcome to Camden Salsa

The London Salsa venue right in the heart of London's Camden Market.
Sadly Salsa Classes has now closed :-(

We had so much fun there but all good things come to an end.
Jan 2006- Nov. 2018 Just under thirteen years!
Primarily we were Salsa Rapido foundation level classes plus Int/ Adv Cuban style and Rueda.
Notable Rueda moves pioneered at 'The Cuban / Gabeto' are
Escalera (Amanda Maitland)
Festival De Camden Town, Like Festival De Pelota but one clap Dame Una, two claps Dame Dos, three claps Dame Tres! (usually ends in chaos)
Revolver/ Mujeres Revolver (Alastair Sadler) Like a six shooter, the call moves on to the next leader/ follower each move.
Alaistero (Alastair Sadler) [named by Miriam Armstrong] words cannot describe this move, its simplicity and complexity is a paradox.

Did you know....
....we ran London's first ever weekly bachata class here!
....and we pioneered the Blend Format where class, music and free dance merge into one event.

Teacher: (forgive any errors)
Alastair Sadler
Moe Flex
DeLarry
Felicity Sadler AKA DJ Felicidad
Sam (admin. and telling Alastair what to do!)
former teachers:
Amanda Maitland
Rahila Hussain
Frank Santos (bachata)
Liz
Edward
Gabrielle
Plus many guest teachers.

Most of all I'd like to thank everyone who came danced and enjoyed Salsa Camden and our values of fun, friendship and salsa :-)

sprite-camden  Salsa Camden in Brief

Salsa Camden
Tuesdays
Beginners Salsa from 7.15pm Free 30min class (as many as you need)
Improvers, Intermediate and advance salsa from 8pm

Three teachers all levels

Location: Gabeto, Camden Market, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH

Style: Beginners/ Improvers foundation (Rapido) Intermediate and above

Cost: £10 per evening for classes Club admission free.

sprite-camden  Beginners Offer

Salsa Camden Tuesdays at Gabeto
Special Spring Offer
Get your a beginners classes for Free.
As many Free classes as you need to get up to the next level.
Starting 7.15pm every Tuesday.
No booking required just share and come.
Don't forget to ask for our discount card to start collecting your stamps (cafe Nero style) but also get 20% off at the bar.
Improvers, intermediate and advanced classes from 8pm -10pm £10 per evening + discount card.

details at www.streetbeat.co.uk/camden


sprite-camden  Class Times

Times
Absolute beginners! Please arrive for 7.15pm free class.
All other levels 8pm start.

Intro, Beginners and Improvers with Alastair -Salsa Rapido method


Salsa Int/Adv with Moe Flex?
Intro to Rueda (for improvers/ int salsadancers with little or no rueda experience)
Beginners Salsa with Alastair Salsa Rapido method


Int/ Advanced Rueda with Moe Flex
Improvers Salsa with Alastair Salsa Rapido method
Intermediate Salsa with Gabriel

Please check in at the DJ desk within -Gabeto- to buy a ticket for your class.
All classes run at the same time in different spaces.
After the classes c.10.pm it's free dancing til late.

sprite-camden  Blend Format

What is Blend Format?
Blend Format blends the party and class creating an atmosphere of buzz. Fantastic to participate, engaging to watch.
Within an evening of two and a half hours e.g. 7.30pm - 10pm there’s 105 minutes of tuition fulfilling the needs of beginners through to advanced. This is presented in 15 or 30 minute sessions, Whole group active interspaced with Free Dance time.
There’s constant music and a buzzy mixing and mingling.
Come for the evening, stay for the evening, dance for the evening, socialise for the evening.

Why?
The world has changed!
Our classes are aimed at intelligent career minded people who want to wake up fresh the next day. More and more people respect the ‘not on a school night’ lifestyle. Blend means that dancers don’t have to sacrifice their free dance after the classes for an early finish, as a significant amount of free dance happens during the evening.

I’ve spent over twenty two years developing salsa teaching so people can learn quicker and better, so Blend has to offer real advantages for tuition.
The free dance sections allow techniques to be discussed, digested and practiced before another load of info arrives. After the free dance you’ll return to the session refreshed in mind and body :-) Finally the best way to consolidate what you've learnt is to free dance.

There’s no doubt that Blend is a long way from the traditional evening class format but I think you’ll find it a better learning experience, more fun and more social.
Enjoy :-) Alastair

sprite-camden  Beginners Instructor Alastair Sadler

Alastair Sadler has been teaching salsa since 1995 and has clocked up over 12,000 classes.
From the start he has developed and refined the progressive teaching method called Salsa Rapido.
Many of his projects have helped define salsa in the UK:
Salsa instructors forum (a workshop where instructors could exchange good teaching practice an ideas).
The One Day Intensive course (The world's first and most successful intensive course, still running weekly)
Salsa university (an all-dayer concept but weekly with 5 advanced classes in different styles)
In addition to teaching he runs The Streetbeat Salsa Co. and edited the Email Salsa News from 1999 -2007.
Salsa Camden - London's highly successful Rapido & Rueda venue where we ran the UK's first ever weekly Bachata course.
In 2001 he choreographed & performed a solo demo (with a mop and office chair) at several congresses and events throughout Europe.
His TV credits as performer and/or choreographer include Baby Father I & II, Casualty, Happiness, Auf Weidersehn Pet and the BBC Ident ( He was the big guy at the front in the white shirt!)

Since 2011 he has realised his love of comedy and performed Stand Up at The Edinburgh Fringe festival (2011, 2012)
I still have many new projects to run such as Liquida and teacher training courses.
It's all been possible through the support of my wife Felicity aka DJ Felicidad with whom I've been married to since 1994.

sprite-camden  Intermediate Instructor Moe Flex

Born in Somaliland, East Africa, Moe spent his childhood travelling.
Known for his bubbly, larger than life personality, he started to dance at the age of 4 mimicking Michael Jackson.
Within 6 months of starting salsa Moe won the UKA British Amateur Championships. In 2002 he won the UKA Threesome Championship.
Since then he has been building his profile often described as a rising star He has become an integral part of events and weekenders.
In 2006 Moe was voted British Cuban Salsa Teacher of the Year.
Moe has been voted UK Salsa Teacher of the year 2008.

sprite-camden  The Old Promo Video for Salsa Camden

Here is our Salsa Camden Promotional Video.
It's just under two minute long so please take a look.
I hope it shows the fun we have at Camden.

The film project was an in-house production filmed in the Spring of 2010
The track is an shortened version of Los Van Van's Temba Tumbe Y Timbe, a great track for dancing La Rueda to.

Thanks to everyone involved.

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