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 Corporate Events and Training

As part of my work as a professional dance teacher, for over twenty year, I’ve been entertaining the guests at corporate events.
My role is to engage and entertain getting everyone up dancing and having fun.
This often becomes the most memorable and photographed part of a function.
My formats draw out the hidden talents of the real stars of an event i.e. the guests.

Getting everyone dancing is not as easy as it sounds’ It takes leadership, skills and a lot of experience to make it work, but when everyone’s dancing, your event will be seen as a success and you are the star that organised it.

I have developed a range of formats to suit any occasion. They fall into three main categories but can be tailored to suit your event.
Please forgive me fir not revealing too much detail as these are my stock in trade, but I will be happy to discuss they over the telephone at your convenience.

Party formats:
‘The Strictly Battle’ A dance competition fuelled by office politics and a free bar!
‘The Snow Ball’ An extension of working the room where the snowball gets bigger and bigger.
‘The Guest Side Story’ The Shark ‘n Jets battle it out on stage in musical chorus line choreography.

Talk formats:
‘My life in dance’ Comedy anecdotes from the dance floor.
‘Two Left Feet’ Why are English men so rubbish at dancing A light hearted look a partner dancing from Dad’s Disco to the Mambalsa.
‘Flow me’ The Psychology of learning dance or anything.

Comedy format:
Quillarious The comedy writing game show, where we get your group to write and perform stand up.

Please call me (Alastair Sadler) to discuss your event contact us

 Pdf Guide to Dance at Corporate Events

Lets have some fun and do something interesting at your corporate event.
Download Guide to Dance at Corporate events in pdf format.

Here's the link to Quillarious- The comedy writing game show where we write and perform stand up.
Download Guide to Quillarious at Corporate events in pdf format.

 Client List

Alastair's client list includes:


  • Wellcome Trust,
  • BBC,
  • British Army,
  • Pride,
  • HM Revenue & Customs,
  • Ernst & Young,
  • British Airways.

His TV credits include Baby Father I & II, Casualty, Happiness, Auf Weidersehn Pet and the BBC Ident.
As a MC and stand up Alastair regularly takes shows to the Edinburgh Fringe.
“He’s the bread that holds the bacon butty of the show together” Broadway Baby.

 Tips to Get Your Party Dancing

1 Understand why people dance: To enjoy, express and be seen within a group. It strengthens bonds, cuts across corporate structures. Dancers stay longer and drink less, which saves money and possibly a little embarrassment back at the office. They also provide the visual focus after the ‘entertainers’ have left. I think it’s fair to say that a party where everyone danced is remembered as a good party.

2 Let’s get cheesy: No not the macarena! Who’s your big cheeses? Are they just ‘showing their face’? Butter them up until they brie-ese onto the floor. It’s a real gouda pleaser.

3 Work the room: Network every group of people before the dancing. Put dance on their radar and ask for their support.

4 Take control: All you’ve got to be is part MC, comedian and ‘Strictly’ pro. If you don’t take control who will? Or, get a professional in and bask in the glory of your management.

5 Involve everyone: the ‘can’t dance won't dance’ brigade hate to dance. Don’t exclude them, they'd love to be your judges, commentators, prize givers and photographers.

6 Location: Often the ‘party’ is in one space and the dancing is in another, fracturing the crowd. Place the dancing in the center so it’s the important hub of the event.

7 Prime the pumps: DJ’s set the mood, live music and shows are sensational, but don’t expect that crowd on the dance floor without a catalyst - you!

8 Celebrities: are expensive because they are known. Your co-workers are your own in-company stars. You’ve just got to get them performing.

9 Experience counts: When the plan hits the fan and excuses are flying who going to step in and turn it around?

10 Have fun: Dance entertainment is the most enjoyable, cost effective and memorable part of your event. Enjoy :-)

I hope these start a conversation with your team. Please feel free to call me a chat through your event. I’ll help if I can :-) contact us (it’s free)

 Event Pricing

It's very hard to give an example of a typical event. They are so dependent of date, time of year and location and of course content.
As a rough guide: £450 - £750
Please make the call and lets talk about your event.

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Here's my recent review of a Ta-Ko at Victory Mansions- Stoke Newington

TA-KO at Victory Mansions could be just another restaurant bar amongst the plethora strewn along Stoke Newington High Street. But I was intrigued by the name as Victory Mansions was the run-down apartment block where Winston Smith lived in George Orwell‘s book, 1984. I couldn’t wait to see how that fit with Ta-Ko. I mean, Mexican street food in a 1950s tenement building?
............. read on

More of my reviews for luxurylondon.com.
Ta-Ko at Victory Mansions- Stoke Newington
Wringer Mangle in Spitalfields
Tom Simmons Tower Bridge
Chai Wu at Harrods/
Cocktail Book Club Merchant House - Farringdon
Nine Lives- London Bridge




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
The last two weeks I’ve been gradually integrating the new Blend Format at Camden.
It’s a new way of operating an early week evening that literally ‘blends’ the party and the classes creating an atmosphere of buzz. Fantastic to participate, engaging to watch.
It’s taken a long time to create and I’ve waited until we’re back in Gabeto (formerly The Cuban)
So what’s Blend Format all about?
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 as groups come and go.
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 there’s a significant amount of free dance opportunity during the evening.

I’ve spent over twenty 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, Spoiler Alert, the best way to learn salsa is to dance salsa! Freestyle salsa is where you find out if you know something or not.

There’s no doubt that Blend is a long way from the traditional evening class format but I think you’ll find it a rewarding learning experience, more fun and more social.
Whenever people try something new there’s always a little resistance between the familiar and unfamiliar. I know I’ve got form. The 1-Day Intensive courses that seems a familiar part of the salsa scene was once unthinkable. Until I did in 2003.
Enjoy Blend and please let me know what you think :-) Alastair
We're Back!!!
After months in the wilderness of Camden Market we're back at the venue formerly known as The Cuban and now called Gabeto. It's a new clean shiny bar in the same building and the decor's more London and less Havana.

Join Moe, DeLarry and Me for a bunch of classes and fun

Some of the classes will be in Gabeto bar and some in Gabeto Studio AKA Alchemy but come to the bar first.

NEW START TIME OF 7.30pm we will be starting on time with or without you so please check in early.

New Pricing: £10 per evening. We'll be introducing a Cafe Nero style loyalty card.

I'd like to thank everyone for their support over this summer and welcome everyone back to get this night buzzing.
Professional lifestyle blogger Lela London came on the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive and blogged about it.
Read her report:

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"Whether you're prepping for a trip to Cuba or simply want to burn 2000 calories feeling sexy, Salsa Rapido is an absolute must."


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

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