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sprite-camden  Welcome to Camden Salsa

The London Salsa venue right in the heart of London's Camden Market.
Salsa Classes and Free Dance every Tuesday from 7.30pm - 10.30pm see Blend Format.

Our Salsa Classes

At Beginners and Improvers level Alastair Sadler uses the Salsa Rapido foundation course method, which is the fast and fun way to master leading and following, with all the style and confidence you need to look great whereever you dance salsa..
At Intermediate and Advanced levels with DeLarry and Moe Flex there is a strong Cuban Casino theme.
I would like to add that our classes are fun but not slack, which means that class levels are maintained and we will politely "adjust" where necessary. A good idea is to come early and meet the teachers before the classes if you’re not sure.

History

Salsa Camden was launched on 12th Jan 2006 has become an essential part of the London Salsa scene providing Streetbeat’s usual high standard of classes plus that classic mix of friendly stylish clubbing run by adults for adults.
We're located at Gabeto which was originally The Cuban bar.
Salsa dancers will feel right at home here. It is comfortable and stylish whilst and of course the floor is wooden.

Our Salsa Music

Our music is produced by one the UK's top salsa DJ's, DJ Felicidad, sometimes real, sometimes virtual, she plays a genuine mix of classic salsa styles, from big band NY Dura to funky Cuban Timba, Romantica to Raggaton.
It's a smooth blend best described as classic mainstream salsa with a large dash of Cuban!

sprite-camden  Salsa Camden in Brief

Salsa Camden
Tuesdays from 7.30pm (opens 7pm) until 10pm see Blend Format.
Three teachers all levels

Location: Gabeto, Camden Market, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH

Style: Beginners/ Improvers foundation (Rapido) Intermediate and above

Cost: £10 per evening for classes Club admission free.

sprite-camden  Beginners Offer

Get your friends into salsa.
Anyone new to salsa can get their first 3 weeks of classes for only £15.
They'll need to be there for the start so please forward this to all your non dancing friends in the area. No need to pre book.

* offer valid for three consecutive weeks at any Streetbeat club venue.

sprite-camden  Class Times

Times
Absolute beginners! Please arrive at 7.25pm for a 7pm start.

Intro, Beginners and Improvers with Alastair -Salsa Rapido method


Salsa Int/Adv with Moe Flex?
Intro to Rueda (for improvers/ int salsadancers with little or no rueda experience)
Beginners Salsa with Alastair Salsa Rapido method


Int/ Advanced Rueda with Moe Flex
Improvers Salsa with Alastair Salsa Rapido method
Intermediate Salsa with Gabriel

Please check in at the DJ desk within -Gabeto- to buy a ticket for your class.
All classes run at the same time in different spaces.
After the classes c.10.pm it's free dancing til late.

sprite-camden  Blend Format

What is Blend Format?
Blend Format blends the party and class creating an atmosphere of buzz. Fantastic to participate, engaging to watch.
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.
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 a significant amount of free dance happens during the evening.

I’ve spent over twenty two 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 the best way to consolidate what you've learnt is to free dance.

There’s no doubt that Blend is a long way from the traditional evening class format but I think you’ll find it a better learning experience, more fun and more social.
Enjoy :-) Alastair

sprite-camden  Beginners Instructor Alastair Sadler

Alastair Sadler has been teaching salsa since 1995 and has clocked up over 12,000 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 5 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.
In 2001 he choreographed & performed a solo demo (with a mop and office chair) at several 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!)

Since 2011 he has realised his love of comedy and performed Stand Up at The Edinburgh Fringe festival (2011, 2012)
I still have many new projects to run such as Liquida and teacher training courses.
It's all been possible through the support of my wife Felicity aka DJ Felicidad with whom I've been married to since 1994.

sprite-camden  Intermediate Instructor Moe Flex

Born in Somaliland, East Africa, Moe spent his childhood travelling.
Known for his bubbly, larger than life personality, he started to dance at the age of 4 mimicking Michael Jackson.
Within 6 months of starting salsa Moe won the UKA British Amateur Championships. In 2002 he won the UKA Threesome Championship.
Since then he has been building his profile often described as a rising star He has become an integral part of events and weekenders.
In 2006 Moe was voted British Cuban Salsa Teacher of the Year.
Moe has been voted UK Salsa Teacher of the year 2008.

sprite-camden  The Old Promo Video for Salsa Camden

Here is our Salsa Camden Promotional Video.
It's just under two minute long so please take a look.
I hope it shows the fun we have at Camden.

The film project was an in-house production filmed in the Spring of 2010
The track is an shortened version of Los Van Van's Temba Tumbe Y Timbe, a great track for dancing La Rueda to.

Thanks to everyone involved.

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

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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:

becoming baby dirty dancing salsa swing dance london

"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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