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sprite-camden  Welcome to Salsa Kings Cross

Monday's just got soooo much better :)


Starting Monday 18th Oct. '21


The first two weeks will focus on beginner skills and essential salsa concepts
....and they're FREE


Streetbeat Salsa presents Salsa Kings Cross at: The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX (The Star of Kings location)
At Kings Cross Salsa I want to create the very best environment to start or improve your salsa.


Book a FREE place Now!


This start with the Salsa Rapido method the fastest, most fun way into salsa. With 27 years of experience it's got so much to offer.
find out more at Salsa Rapido method

The evening runs on the Blend format an exciting mix of classes, free-dance and social. It's perfect for hard working people who don't want to be tired of groggy the next day.
More about Blend Format

Doors open at 6pm and we start the 'Welcome' session at 6.20pm
The Welcome session is a 40min mix of meet 'n greet, Q&A and Intro/assessment class that everyone attends at least once.

I'm asking everyone to please let me know you're coming at Reserve a Welcome place
This means it won't get to busy and there's no admin to do on the night. Please think of it as a way onto the VIP list :)

At 7pm we start the Blend until 9.30pm.
Please note that everyone from superstar to absolute beginner must attend the Welcome session.
This is so we can meet and get to know each other. Cliques and elitism are unwelcome.
It also gives me the chance to ensure everyone's up to the Blend section.
It may take absolute beginners a few weeks to get there but I also offer the 1-Day Intensive courses :)
After the Blend you are welcome to stay and dance and socialise and enjoy classic salsa.

Costs:
Welcome only £5
Welcome plus Blend £10
Blend only £10
Cash only Please (no card machine)

sprite-camden  Salsa Rapido method

Salsa Rapido


The Fast ‘n Fun way into salsa


There’s a lot of sexy brand names in the salsa world, so why would you want to pick Salsa Rapido®? Well for me to answer that question is to share a journey that began when I started teaching in 1995 and is still going strong. It’s my passion, my pride and my pleasure to talk about Salsa Rapido® and how it has evolved over the years.

One thing that hasn’t changed is it’s strap line:
“The Fast ‘n Fun way into salsa.” which is as relevant now as it was in 1995.

Let's start with the ‘Fun’
I learnt, very quickly, that in teaching dance people need to have fun. If they don’t they don’t come back! When people are enjoying themselves they learn faster. I didn’t understand the psychology of playfulness when I started teaching but now I do and I weave that into every class.
Fun doesn’t mean just entertainment, it also means joy. There is something at the heart of a good dance that produces joy. It’s why we keep coming back to dance year after year. Nowadays we talk in terms of brain chemistry and neuroscience but through working on what gives us joy when we dance and striving for more of it, more often, we can become not just better dancers but better at everything in our lives. I’m not suggesting that it’s a quest for happy brain juice at the expense of others, quite the opposite. It’s proven that the better relationship between dance partners, the more joy is produced. Perhaps that’s why partner dancing evolved and persisted?
Putting ‘fun’ at the center of the Salsa Rapido® method gives us a goal and a test. Content and presentation of a class can be tested against a simple question: Is it producing more joy for the future dancer than an alternative? I ask that question over and over and have found it leading me away from the traditional ways of teaching dance. In fairness most dances and the methods used to teach them, are from a period before psychology and neuroscience.

‘Fast’ I’s in everyone’s interest to learn quickly. The faster people learn the faster they’re dancing and having fun in clubs and at events. Faster means less classes which costs less to get up to club standard. The instructor benefits through word of mouth recommendations.
Fast also means: ‘At the right pace’. Too fast and it’s all stress and no fun. Too slow and it’s boring! This is perhaps the hardest part of teaching anything in a class, but Salsa Rapido® has the flexibility to cope.

‘Way into salsa’
There are many ways into salsa. Most people in Latin America still get taught by a family member at a party. In the USA the studio system dominates and in Europe there are mainly fixed length courses. The UK has more class/club pay as you go salsa nights and of course London can boast the world's longest running and most successful 1-Day Intensive course which uses .... the Salsa Rapido®® method.

sprite-camden  What style do you teach

Salsa Rapido is teaching method not a style of salsa. It’s a well developed foundation course that draws from and prepares you for any regional style of salsa. see Salsa Rapido: Regional Styles in Salsa (2019)
Through comparing different elements from various regional styles, you'll have a greater depth of understanding and be able to make informed choices about your style.
Salsa Rapido is there to foster your style and your expression. I hope you’ll be informed by, and not confined by, the style of others. Many people mistakenly believe that the regional styles are incompatible. This is totally untrue.

The goal is to be able to dance with anyone from anywhere, easily adapting to their style whilst expressing yourself with confidence, consideration and authenticity.

Salsa Rapido presents the required skills in a way that helps you to quickly achieve a high level of competence regarding style, communication, timing, mechanics etc.
You’ll also avoid "bad habits" that will limit you at a higher level.

sprite-camden  Salsa Instructor Alastair Sadler

Alastair Sadler has been teaching salsa since 1995 and has clocked up over 15,000 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 five 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 and in 2018 ran the first Blend format event.
In 2001 he choreographed & performed a solo demo (dancing salsa with a mop and office chair) at 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!)
In 2014 he created Mambalsa, the first new partner dance of the 21st century.
Since 2011 he has realised his love of comedy and performed Stand Up at The Edinburgh Fringe festival taking five shows in 2015/16/17.
I still have many new projects to run such as Mambalsa, Salsa Liquida and teacher training courses and a book! So watch this space for another 20+ years :)
It's all been possible through the support of my partner Felicity aka DJ Felicidad.

sprite-camden  What is Blend format

Format is a new way of mixing elements of dance class and free dance.
Think of a traditional class/freedance broken into 15min chunks and rearranged.
Sometimes you’re learning in a class chunk and sometimes free dancing or taking a well deserved break. It’s all done to constant music which gives it energy and pace.
Blend aims to make the evening more dynamic and social where no one has to wait a hour or two for a freestyle dance or to take a break.
It’s the perfect way to get a class/dance fix without staying out late.

Blend was developed by myself (Alastair Sadler of The Streetbeat Salsa Co.) for the Mambalsa project and trialled at Salsa Camden in 2018 where three classes worked in confined space to constant music.
It had some unexpected benefits. Beginners became far more connected to the music.
Concentration levels were higher as the chunks were shorter and groups mixed far more readily with less ‘them and us’ and a greater sense of togetherness.
I’ve written more about Blend in the Salsa Rapido Blog.

sprite-offer Offers:

The 2021 Beginners Restart Offer
To Help get things going after lockdown, I'd make you an offer!
‘Couples only’ bookings for £75 saving £55!
‘Singles’ bookings £45 saving £20!
Use the offer-code "2021" when you book.
Only available for course dates before the end of 2021.

sprite-news Events:

Mambalsa is back! 
This Autumn ‘21 I’m offering a series of full day workshops in central London to explore and develop Mambalsa as a social partner dance. 
Sun. Oct 3rd
Sun. Nov 14th
Sun Dec. 12th
Click to book

The chances are you haven’t heard of Mambalsa. It’s the first new partner dance of the 21st century.  It can be danced solo or in groups and looks similar to many popular Latin partner dances with a little extra sizzle and giggle. 
Mambalsa is danced to almost any music fast or slow, from Acid House to Zydeco! Mambalsa adapts and moulds itself to the music's rhythm.
It’s very easy and fast to learn. You’ll be dancing Mambalsa in five minutes and showing your friends in ten!
Built into the heart of Mambalsa is an ethos of: confidence, respect and positivity that generate well-being. Mambalsa can be just a fun thing or an ongoing conversation about practicing life skills leading to a more fulfilled life.
Mambalsa’s new and that means there’s a huge opportunity for anyone who gets involved at the start. My aim is to build a group of Mambalsa dancers as the first step towards establishing Mambalsa on the global dance scene.

What we’ll cover:
The Basics of Mambalsa including the fundamental rules that define the dance.
Event based moves e.g. spins, travelling steps leading to small combos.
Five categories of moves and 100,000 combinations.
How to lead and follow with presence. (In Mambalsa everyone learns to lead and follow)
Using empathy and respect to build confidence within the dance relationship. 
Working with the music. 
The psychology of having more fun more often.

Research: Each workshop is a research laboratory to develop Mambalsa
The Mambalsa community and business model.

The workshops are presented by Alastair Sadler creator of Mambalsa, professional dance teacher since 1995. 

What to Bring
I would ask every participant to choose a track they would like to dance to but not from a genre they already dance e.g. a salsa dancer should not choose a salsa track.

Cost:
I’ve kept the cost to a minimum so it isn’t a barrier to participant:
£25 per person 
11am-5pm Salsa Soho, 96 Charing Cross Road.

New Monday Night at Kings Cross
Starting Monday 18th Oct.
Streetbeat presents a brand new Monday night aimed (initially) Beginners and Improvers: Kings Cross Salsa
The classes are Salsa Rapido method, the fast ‘n fun way into salsa, presented by Alastair Sadler.
The evening is based on the Blend format which blends class and club into a magnificent cocktail of salsa.
I’m inviting everyone to come to the ‘Welcome’ session’ at 6.20pm -7pm so we can meet and greet and run through some basics.
Please let me know you’re coming Welcome Form
and please please spread the word :)
More Info kingscrosssalsa.co.uk

sprite-news News:

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’
Gift Link
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
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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