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Thames Salsa Cruise | The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
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sprite-tsc  About the Thames Salsa Cruise

On Sunday 20th August 2023, join us as we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Thames Salsa Cruise!
We’ve been running the Thames Salsa Cruise for a whopping 25 years, 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!

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 £18 and the regular advanced price is £20. (£25 cash on the day if any are left!)

sprite-tsc  The Salsa Cruise in brief

  • The Thames Salsa Cruise is a four hour cruise along the river Thames.

  • The next date is Sunday 20th Aug 2023

  • The boat has dancing deck, bar, lounge, quiet and open decks.

  • Departs 6.45pm and Returns 11pm to Festival Pier Southbank SE1 8XZ

  • Tickets are sold online in advance £20 or £18 each for groups of five +

  • On the day of the cruise tickets cost £25 cash (subject to availability)

  • There are no online bookings on the day of the cruise.

Groups text me to set up a discount code ASAP (07939012231 Alastair)

sprite-tsc  Cruise Dates and Times

Next Thames Salsa Cruise Sunday 30th August 2023 - NOW BOOKING


Check in at no later than 6.45pm at Festival Pier on the South Bank by the Royal Festival Hall. Return just before 11pm There are no stops during the cruise.


Dates:


  • Sunday 20th August 2023

We would like to talk to any teachers/groups who would like a specific date.
Call Alastair on call 07939 012231

There are NO online bookings on the day of the cruise.
If it is the day of the cruise before 3pm text 07939 012231 to check availability.

sprite-tsc  Promo Video for Salsa Cruise

The Thames Salsa Cruise (short version)


Filmed on the Spring and Summer cruises of 2009.
Music 'Maestro' by Salsa Celtica
Single click to start.
Double click to visit Youtube.

sprite-tsc  Booking Questions

Cost:
Advance tickets cost £20 in advance and £18 each for groups of five + (see below)
On the day of the cruise tickets cost £25 cash (subject to availability)
There are no online bookings on the day of the cruise.

Tickets:
The Thames Salsa Cruise is a ticketless system.
We issue boarding cards as you arrive at the pier and then direct you to the boat, which means there’s nothing to print or bring.

Group bookings:
Group booking are available for groups of five or more, when booked online.
To make a group booking simply purchase five tickets in one transaction. The system will help you set up your ‘group code word’ so other people can join your group by using the ‘group code word’ and get the group discount, saving you the hassle of collecting money.
For regular groups and salsa clubs I can set up a ‘group code word’ without any purchase. For groups of much larger groups or please call the Streetbeat office.
Groups text me to set up a discount code ASAP

If you have any further questions please call 07939 012231 (office hours only)

sprite-tsc  Getting There

Festival pier in on the South Bank of the river next to the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. (for sat-nav SE1 8XZ )
Tube: Use Waterloo Station look for signs to Royal Festival Hall. or use Embankment (Northern line) and walk (10mins) across the Hungerford foot Bridge.

Charing Cross: As you leave the station turn right and look for Villiers Street (pedestrian only) that slopes down to Embankment tube. Villiers Street is also packed with coffee shops and restraints.

Parking: Although there is some parking behind the Royal Festival Hall and on the Embankment (North side of the river) I strongly recommend you allow one hour for successful parking and walking to the pier.

Come early: Enjoy the South Bank. Please note the walking times to the Pier above.

Toilets: There are toilets on the boat. The Public toilets at Royal Festival Hall are free!

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sprite-tsc  Cruise Terms and Conditions

Thames Salsa Cruise Terms and conditions
When booking places on behalf of others, the person booking takes the responsibility for those people receiving the cruise details and terms and conditions.
Places are sold subject to availability and refunds will only be made if the cruise is cancelled by The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
No refund or compensation will be made due to delayed departure or early curtailment of the cruise or for any other reason.
Places purchased may not be resold without permission of The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
Boarding cards will only be issued up to the stated time of departure to those present.
Any places not checked in by the stated time of departure will be deemed null and void.
No food or drink may be brought onto the boat.
The boat operators reserve the right to search anyone boarding the boat.
Anyone may be excluded from boarding if there is any suspicion of alcohol or substance abuse or anyone whose behaviour is deemed undesirable for the cruise.
Anyone excluded from boarding will not be offered a refund or compensation.

sprite-offer Offers:

Winter 2023/4 Offer for the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive for Beginners
Enjoy this great offer!
‘Couples only’ bookings for £79 saving £51!
‘Singles’ bookings £49 saving £16!
Use the offer-code "2023" when you book.
Only available for course dates before end Aug. 2024.
Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive Gift Voucher Offer:
From Jan 1st 2024 to Feb 29th 2024
Gift Vouchers for couples will be £79 and Singles £49
No offer code required.
Please spread the word!
All vouchers valid on any course date booked within for six months.

sprite-news Events:

No other events to show at the moment, but watch this space :-)

sprite-news News:

I've decided to share my experience of cancer in a personal blog.
This may be upsetting for many people and I advise caution as to whether you read on.
First I need to address the question: why blog about cancer on a salsa dance website?
Like so many brands on the salsa scene, behind the Streetbeat/ Rapido/ Mambalsa brand is an individual person, who made the jump from dancer to dance teacher. My treatment will affect every aspect of my life including the Salsa Rapido courses and Mambalsa Project. I may physically change as a result of chemotherapy and when someone asks a question about these changes I'd like to answer in a brief and polite way with an invitation to read my blog to get my personal insight if they wish. In other words cancer affects me but it doesn't define me!

Follow this blog: Use this link to add you email to my blog following list:

The blog is a continuation of my 2022 Brighton Marathon blog hosted on Blogger.

24/01/2024 The Last Post

05/11/2023 Round Five Biddy Beep

18/10/2023 Round Four Round Up

01/10/2023 Round 3/4 Review

30/09/2023 Happy birthday Homewood School

05/08/2023 Round Two Update

26/07/2023 Would You A&E it!

26/07/2023 Labels, Trauma, PTSD and Self-diagnosis

21/07/2023 Sepsis vs Sadler A Week in Hospital

06/07/2023 Icky

02/07/2023 Day Three Sitrep (Situation Report)

26/06/2023 Three days to Chemo C-3

24/06/23 Capitano Chemo
In the run up to treatment starting I find myself getting silly to offset the anxiety.

07/06/2023 Scanaxiety
When the prospect of chemo becomes a reality.

24/03/2023 Who's Lynne and what's she FOMO about?
A catch up post from 2019 to 2023. Probably the best place to start :)
I'm delighted to release the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive dates for January, February and March 2024.
They are almost weekly on Sundays and I strongly recommend you book ASAP as there's a back log of people wanting to book, as I've been only able to do a handful of courses since last July, due to health issues (see blog) which are finally over :)

Here's a permanent link to the dates page so you can check them at any time:
https://www.streetbeat.co.uk/dates

The i.2.i. Improvers course returns on Sunday 11th Feb.

There may well be a few adjustments to the schedule as 2024 comes into focus.
I haven't confirmed dates out side of London yet!
Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Thames Salsa Cruise on Sunday 20th August

As we approach the second cruise of the Thames Salsa Cruise’s on on Sunday 20th August 2023, I’d like to offer a few reflections of this very special event that’s been part of the London Salsa scene for quarter of a century....

Continued in the Salsa Rapido blog at:
Salsa Rapido Blog
Mambalsa Daytime Dance returns in a new format to support a wonderful charity, The Nightingale Cancer Support in Enfield.

I’ll be running a three week trial in-house at the Nightingale for client’s who have been affected by cancer.

My aim is to use Mambalsa as a platform to collaborate with the group to hit the three Fs: Fun, Friendship and Feeling Fabulous!
(Ok that four Fs) Read more on the Mambalsa Blog


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Dance school says ballet is racially problematic and too gender binary!
I saw this article in the news and throught I'd offer a few thoughts so here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: Dance school says ballet is racially problematic and too gender binary

Mambalsa is not just an alternative partner dance, it's an exploration of culture and self.
Dr Dance AKA Dr Peter Lovatt got a crowd at a festival to do a F%&k Cancer Huka. This resonated with my journey personally and with my counselling work at The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.
I borrowed his Huka and placed it into the Mambalsa framework and used it as a way of expressing anger in a positive way.

Here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: mambalsa-wedding

Summer's a great time for a wedding and this wedding was a wonderful fusion of dance styles.

Here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: mambalsa-wedding

Well I did it! I ran the Brighton Marathon 2022
Here's my latest marathon/ lockdown blog posts titled: Alastair's Marathon
If you want to sponsor me here's the link to the charity fundraising page (open until end May 2022): www.justgiving.com/alastairsadler
Salsa Rapido Method has it's own blog at Salsa Rapido Method
and not forgetting Mambalsa at: Mambalsa
My latest post in the Salsa Rapido blog is about the Blend Format.
This is an evening format where class and free-dance are blended together.
Not to be confused with blended learning where tuition is both on and off-line, Blend has many benefits for the student, the teacher and the venue....
Salsa Rapido blog post: Blend 21 the Reboot
My latest post in the Salsa Rapido blog is about my ethical dilemma as to whether my Salsa Rapido courses should swap partners or not.
I look forward to when this post-covid deliberation is purly of historical interest :)
Salsa Rapido blog post: Blend 21 the Reboot
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'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'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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