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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?
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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.

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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
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Thanks in advance :-)
For suggestions and suggestions please email me at salsa@streetbeat.co.uk
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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.
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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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