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CoronaVirus Statement update. (16/09/2020)
Due to the recent second spike in coronavirus cases the venue management has decided that all dance activities at their venues should be put on hold for the time being.

Although frustrating and costly, I fully appreciate their position and although my courses would be fully covid security compliant and well within the rules it would send a mixed message to the public about dance.

I have therefore suspended all dates on the booking system.
I hope that I can restart in the near future.
Meanwhile I am selling open ended gift vouchers at a discount price of £75 per couple with discount code ‘2020’
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Last April was the 25th anniversary of The Streetbeat Salsa Co. and I’m looking forward to celebrating it on my next 1-Day Intensive salsa course as soon as possible.
Meanwhile stay safe :-)
Regards Alastair
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’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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 The Streetbeat Salsa Co

Welcome

to The Streetbeat Salsa Co. Since 1995 We’ve been teaching salsa in London.
I’ve developed a range of salsa classes, intensive salsa courses and salsa events, plus other fun projects such as Mambalsa dance and comedy shows.

Each project has it’s own page with a similar layout and everything is now mobile friendly.
There is still loads of updating to do of the content and many new features to build.


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 salsa classes and courses

The Streetbeat Salsa Co. run salsa classes in London in two formats.

The 1-Day Intensive Salsa classes at Beginners level on Saturdays.
Link to the Salsa Rapido 1_day Intensive Course

The four hour i.2.i. -improvers level salsa class on Sundays. i.2.i.
Link to the Salsa Rapido i.2.i. course F.A.Q.

The typical Salsa Class / Salsa Club held in an evening.
This is where there are several salsa classes at different levels are followed by a Salsa Club or free dance.
Link to Camden Salsa

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 about Streetbeat Salsa

My name is Alastair Sadler and with my wife Felicity we founded the Streetbeat Salsa Co. in 1995. Our aim was simple. We wanted to pass on the skills we had acquired to an ever growing number of people wanting to learn to dance. We also wanted to promote salsa for the sake of it.
I feel that salsa is a living dance, in that it is constantly evolving. There's no such thing as the authentic salsa. As soon as people believe that, salsa becomes just another folk dance of a bygone era waiting for a new fad to knock it off its pedestal.

We first got hooked when we saw it at the Notting Hill Carnival. It was stylish and sexy, but it didn't conjure up the negative images that other popular dances sometimes do.

We felt privileged to learn in London because the teachers were committed and skilful, but also they varied greatly in style.

We cannot say that we are particularly influenced by Cuban, Colombian or New York styles. It's more fun to mix them all, plus add a load of other stuff from our UK background.

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 the Salsa Rapido method

Salsa Rapido is a branded teaching method developed by Alastair Sadler of The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
The method is based on simple premises:
The faster people can get to club competence the most likely they are to be retained in salsa.
Teach techniques common to all regional styles of salsa so dancers can dance with anyone from anywhere.
Avoid bad habits and misconceptions that will limit a student at a later stage.
Promote standards of attitude that reflect the best social values.

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 Email Salsa News archive

Email Salsa News or ESN was a weekly news letter that ran from 1999 to 2007.
It was constructed manually every Friday from events submitted by promoters that were emailed to me.
It remains to this day the only comprehensive email newsletter of the salsa scene and provide a unique snapshot of the London Salsa scene.
Although many links are broken it's pleasant to note how many of the salsa promoters than are still around today.

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