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sprite-camden  Welcome to Camden Salsa

The London Salsa venue right in the heart of London's Camden Market.
Sadly Salsa Classes has now closed :-(

We had so much fun there but all good things come to an end.
Jan 2006- Nov. 2018 Just under thirteen years!
Primarily we were Salsa Rapido foundation level classes plus Int/ Adv Cuban style and Rueda.
Notable Rueda moves pioneered at 'The Cuban / Gabeto' are
Escalera (Amanda Maitland)
Festival De Camden Town, Like Festival De Pelota but one clap Dame Una, two claps Dame Dos, three claps Dame Tres! (usually ends in chaos)
Revolver/ Mujeres Revolver (Alastair Sadler) Like a six shooter, the call moves on to the next leader/ follower each move.
Alaistero (Alastair Sadler) [named by Miriam Armstrong] words cannot describe this move, its simplicity and complexity is a paradox.

Did you know....
....we ran London's first ever weekly bachata class here!
....and we pioneered the Blend Format where class, music and free dance merge into one event.

Teacher: (forgive any errors)
Alastair Sadler
Moe Flex
DeLarry
Felicity Sadler AKA DJ Felicidad
Sam (admin. and telling Alastair what to do!)
former teachers:
Amanda Maitland
Rahila Hussain
Frank Santos (bachata)
Liz
Edward
Gabrielle
Plus many guest teachers.

Most of all I'd like to thank everyone who came danced and enjoyed Salsa Camden and our values of fun, friendship and salsa :-)

sprite-camden  Salsa Camden in Brief

Salsa Camden
Tuesdays
Beginners Salsa from 7.15pm Free 30min class (as many as you need)
Improvers, Intermediate and advance salsa from 8pm

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

Salsa Camden Tuesdays at Gabeto
Special Spring Offer
Get your a beginners classes for Free.
As many Free classes as you need to get up to the next level.
Starting 7.15pm every Tuesday.
No booking required just share and come.
Don't forget to ask for our discount card to start collecting your stamps (cafe Nero style) but also get 20% off at the bar.
Improvers, intermediate and advanced classes from 8pm -10pm £10 per evening + discount card.

details at www.streetbeat.co.uk/camden


sprite-camden  Class Times

Times
Absolute beginners! Please arrive for 7.15pm free class.
All other levels 8pm 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.

sprite-offer Offers:

sprite-news Events:

New Monthly Sunday event:
SALSA CLASICA
...It's back to the good stuff with DJ Felicidad.
Join us for our second Salsa Clasica 7-11pm at The Three Compasses, Hornsey N8 (Map Link) located between Crouch End and Turnpike Lane.

Please share the Facebook event

Our aim is simple, a monthly party for anyone into salsa.
For us it's going back to our roots! (some still remember the Old Bull in 1995)

Here's the mix:
Great Venue (we know what a good venue is and this is it!)
Amazing classic Salsa.. and let me be clear, this is NOT a reggaton night trading as a salsa night! This is a pan Latino style fest of music and dance.
Anyone who gets salsa knows that feeling when the montuno kicks in and your heart rate sores. As your brain catches up you realise it's one of "those" tracks where you, don't want to dance, or need to dance, you simply HAVE to dance.

Every region where salsa has taken hold has produced great music and we'll play it all.
There's no formal class but I'll be dropping in some classic salsa moves from my Smooth Styling program in mini class chunks and inviting guests to do the same.
By the way the bar's reasonably priced, the food's great and it's easy to park

Admission £5 and that's what we charged back in 1995 when we started! Talk about going back to our roots! (some still remember the Old Bull in 1995!)
EarlyBird's get in for FREE! The first 20 people to sign up to come get in for FREE just fill in the Google form here (one adm per form so share the link) https://forms.gle/i3v1NqeGTQFUVRoW7
V.I.P All salsa teachers, DJ's and Salsa professionals are welcome as our guests. Please contact me 07939012231 in advanced to put you on our VIP list.

i.2.i Deep Salsa Salsa Rapido Intensive course.

This course is not just bunch of moves, styling or footwork. It’s for dancers who are looking to energise their salsa through looking at things in a different way. It uses popular psychological models and exercises to allow you to discover and change the way you dance if as desired.

Salsa Rapido® Method:
The ethos of Salsa Rapido is the same at all levels.It’s the Fast, Fun and Progressive approach to salsa. In other words I want to get you better faster, while having a heap of fun. If you think teaching should be a dry, boring or an authoritarian experience, be warned you’ll hate this! It's fun and challenging with lots of dancing.

This course is aimed at improver and intermediate salsa dancers.
My definition of an intermediate is someone who regularly dances freestyle salsa. Improvers aren't quite there yet but well on their way.
If you’re not sure call me 07939012231

Itinerary:
11.30am -5pm at Salsa Soho, 96 Charing Cross Road,
Regular price £40 per person
If you've done an i2i course in the last 6 months use the offer code 'flav'- £30
If you've done a 1-Day Intensive for Beginners in the last two months use the offer code 'b4'- £35
Advanced booking only please.

What’s on the Deep Salsa course:
Why do we dance? What do we get from it and how does that affect Salsa?
What is an advanced dancer?
What motivates a dancer to become advanced?

Getting the most from each dance.
Rapport -The Buzzsaw of Tension Release
Reactive leading - turning mistakes into opportunities.
Avoiding the blame game via Transactional Analysis
The follower’s game - (trust me you’ll love it) Advanced Body language
The random move machine - Divergent thinking
Making the moves your own
Within his combos
Finding the state of Flow
Energise everything with verve:
Making the music work for you

That should do for a start :-)
On Sunday 28th July, join us as we will celebrate the 21th Anniversary of the Thames Salsa Cruise! Yes, that’s right, we’ve been running the Thames Salsa Cruise for a whopping 21 whole years this summer! Two decades of dancing on the decks of MV Royalty, 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 £15 and the regular advanced price is £18. (£22 cash on the day)

sprite-news News:

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 posted three new videos about the concept of Flow and an introductory blog post.

Salsa Rapido blog (please subscribe)
There's now seventeen clips on the Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist and more coming so please subscribe
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist.

Flow - What is it
Flow - How it Affects Salsa
Flow - Finding Flow in Salsa

enjoy :-)

Salsa Footwork. It's all in the feet!


A post to introduce the first four videos in my
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist. (please subscribe)

“Footwork, footwork, footwork” the beginner salsa dancer's bete noire. The very concept that defines salsa and so many dances, hence the Salsa Rapido rule number one:

No Footwork Sequence, No Salsa!

The mastery of the Footwork Sequence FWS becomes the conceptual barrier between beginners and Improvers levels. Which means any time spent on it is well worth it...... Read more at the Salsa Rapido blog
A post to give a progress report on the Salsa Rapido Video Clips
Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist. (please subscribe)
I though it a good idea to post an update on how the Salsa Rapido Concepts playlist on YouTube is going.

In been a little over a month since I published the first fourteen clips....... Read more at 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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