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sprite-oneday  Booking a course

Booking:
In order to balance the numbers of men and women attending, the courses are advance booking only.
Our online booking system accepts credit and debit cards via the secure SagePay payment gateway. I never see your credit card details, but this means I cannot take your credit card details over the phone.
Currently Streetbeat Gift Vouchers are booked via the telephone 07939 012231

Changing a Booking:
Once booked, you are committed to coming and if you don't show no refund will be given.
However, if you need to postpone please call me (don't email) with as much notice as possible and I will do what I can to help. My priority is to those attending the course regarding balanced numbers of men and women etc.
I charge a fee for transferring a booking:-
Transfers with 3 days or more notice = £10 per person.
Transfers with 2 days or less notice = £15 per person.

sprite-oneday  Do I need a partner

You do not need to book with a partner as our booking system balances the number of men and women booked onto the course.
Couple will be required to mix and change partners throughout the day.

There are three main reasons for this policy:
Salsa is a social dance where the 'club culture' is to change partners and dance with many people within the club. The Salsa Rapido method is obliged to reflect the local club culture within our classes.

You will learn faster and better by dancing with many different dancers. The more you can experience a wide range of leading / following skills the better you are prepare for the clubs. Also within a class good practice is spread through changing partners, where couple that stay together often compensate for one bad practice with another. This would make it difficult to dance with anyone else.

In a full day course relationships can be strained through over familiarity with each other. This often leads to unpleasant exchanges.

If you have issues relating to you or your partner dancing with other people, this course and maybe salsa dancing in general may not be for you.

sprite-oneday  Beginners 1-Day Intensive Salsa

Saturday Salsa Rapido® course Central London 10.30am - 5.30pm


Life's too short to do salsa beginners lessons for long, so set your sights beyond salsa classes to dancing salsa with anyone from anywhere.

The Salsa Rapido® 1-Day Intensive salsa class is the UK's original fast 'n fun way into salsa dancing.

We offer five hours of expert salsa tuition in a single day because that's just enough to lay the foundations of salsa dancing and enough to really feel you've got somewhere.

Held at bar Salsa! The famous salsa club in the heart of London's West End . It's easy getting there and it's the perfect venue to learn to dance salsa. After a day of it you can go on to make a night of it!

Come on your own or bring your friends, our online booking system balances the numbers of men and women in each class. You'll always have someone to dance with and never be asked to swap leading and following rolls. Check for space, availability and dates.

We constantly swap partners so the classes have a real buzz but we limit the size so everyone can see and hear the course leader Alastair.

Occasionally a repeat of the course is just the thing to get you to the next level. We want you to succeed so we've always had a No Quibble Guarantee.

Relax, you're in safe hands, after fifteen years of teaching salsa, Alastair understands the pitfalls and will help you avoid them, just relax, have fun and learn a little Latin flavour.
Check out the FAQ questions on the left and if you need extra help please contact me by phone (office hours)
See you on the dance floor!

sprite-oneday  Our Guarantee

We offer a simple no quibble guarantee.
If you do not feel, for any reason, that you have achieved the level to wished,
you may repeat the course within two months for FREE.

Our business is to teach salsa so that people can enjoy the salsa scene.
For some people it takes a second go at the course before they're ready to move on.

Our guarantee is there as a safety net for those who might struggle.
Those who choose to use the guarantee find it very easy second time around.
People can also use it to be with friends that they have recommended to book.

sprite-oneday  Download Fact Sheet

Open or download a simple one page fact sheet in PDF format.
1-Day-Intensive-factsheet.pdf
Don't forget to click save or download when it opens.

sprite-oneday  Balanced Men and Women

Balanced numbers of men and women are essential for a full day course.
It prevents you chopping and changing from leader to follower or sitting out part of the time.
Note- All advanced salsa dancers can lead and follow. It about acquiring skills not gender.
Most people expect and are comfortable to learn the traditional roles first.

You do not need to book with a partner as our booking system balances the number of men and women booked onto the course. Sometimes I have to form a waiting list if too many men or women want to book. Please don't be put off by the waiting list as we nearly always offer places to everyone on the list. Generally ladies book early (they're organised) and men book late! The waiting list covers the gap in the middle. We also use the waiting list to make up for last minute transfers etc.

Couples will be required to mix and change partners throughout the day. (not optional)
There are three main reasons for this:
Salsa is a social dance where the 'club culture' is to change partners and dance with many people within the club. The Salsa Rapido method is obliged to reflect the local club culture within our classes.

You will learn faster and better by dancing with many different dancers. The more you can experience a wide range of leading / following skills the better you are prepare for the clubs. Also within a class good practice is spread through changing partners, where couple that stay together often compensate for one bad practice with another. This would make it difficult to dance with anyone else.

In a full day course relationships can be strained through over familiarity with each other. This may lead to unpleasant exchanges.

If you have issues relating to you or your partner dancing with other people, this course and maybe salsa dancing in general may not be for you.

sprite-oneday  Where and When

Saturdays: The Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive courses for beginners are held every Saturday and the Improvers level sessions (i.2.i.) twice per month on Sundays
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Location:
Bar Salsa
96 Charing Cross Rd
Leicester Square,
London WC2H 0JG

Map Link


From Leicester Square tube:
There are many exits, ideally use exit no.3 then turn right and walk along Charing Cross Road. Alternatively stand with the entrance to Leicester Square behind you and turn left to walk along Charing Cross Road.
Go Straight over Cambridge Circus Roundabout and Salsa! is on the right with outdoor tables and chairs, next to Made.com.
From Tottenham Court Road tube:
Upon exiting stand with Oxford Street to your right and Tottenham Court Road behind you. Walk along Charing Cross Road which is straight ahead. (Please note that due to the building of the Cross Rail Station, a slight detour around the building site may be necessary) Before you get to Cambridge Circus, Salsa is on the left next to made.com.p.

sprite-oneday  Why go on a full day course

Reasons for the 1-Day Intensive, as opposed to a longer weekly course are :
Hate the idea of weeks at beginners level.
Catching up a friend who can already dance salsa.
Certain to drop out of regular classes before getting to 'club Standard'
Get fit / change of life style.
Going on holiday to a salsa region.
Getting married (first dance)

sprite-oneday  Is online booking secure

Our on-line booking system is as secure as possible.
In fact we no longer see your credit card details, ever!
Our system rounds up the details of how many people, how much to pay and which date etc. Then you and this information is sent to our payment company called Sage Pay who process your card details and then send you back to us.
The drawback with this system is that we cannot take your credit card details over the phone.

sprite-oneday  Why do you have waiting lists

We want to offer the best course possible and that means balanced numbers of men and women (see why have balanced numbers).
Please don't be put off by the waiting list as we nearly always offer places to everyone on the list.
Generally ladies book early (they're organised) and men book late! The waiting list covers the gap in the middle.
We also use the waiting list to make up for last minute transfers etc.

sprite-oneday  notes

Here is the link to you course notes:
Click here

sprite-oneday  What style do you teach

Salsa Rapido is teaching method not a style of salsa. It’s a well developed foundation course that draws from and prepares you for any regional style of salsa.
Salsa Rapido presents the required skills in a way that helps you to quickly achieve a high level of competence regarding style, communication, timing, mechanics etc.
You’ll also avoid "bad habits" that will limit you at a higher level.
Personal style is mastered through understanding the influences that make good dancers look good and expressing your confident, considerate self.
Many people believe mistakenly that the regional styles are incompatible. The is totally untrue.
“People mistake their limitations for high standards.” Jean Toomer

sprite-oneday  Can I buy a gift voucher

A full day intensive salsa course is an ideal gift and we have tried to make it as easy for you as possible.
You can buy a single or couples place for any level of course but without the hassle of arranging a date.
Once purchased, just print off the voucher via the link on the email confirmation.
The recipient just calls us to book a date at their convenience.
Gift vouchers are sold at our regular prices with no surcharge.
They are valid for six months.
Book a gift voucher for a single person:
Book a gift voucher for a couple:
If you have any difficulties or questions please call daytime on 07939012231

sprite-oneday  Can I really learn in a day

Yes- Our aim is for you to have all the skills necessary to go out to salsa clubs that night and dance all night.
Secondly you should be able to join any class at above Beginners level and finally you will have the 'look and feel' of a salsa dancers.

sprite-oneday  Why have balanced numbers

Balanced numbers of men and women are essential for a full day course.
Ask anyone who has tried a one hour class with too many women. Ladies either have to chop and change from leading to following or sit out part of the time. In a five hour course this is unacceptable.

We do encourage ladies to learn to lead but suggest them learn to follow first.

The only down side of balanced numbers is that we often have to form waiting lists if too many men or women want to book.

sprite-oneday  Can I really learn in a day

Can I learn Salsa in a day?

Yes- You will have all the skills necessary to go out dancing salsa, with sufficient repertoire and style to feel confident on the dance floor.
You will also have the concepts to succeed in any UK salsa class at above beginners level.
Finally you will have that 'look' of a Salseros (You at your most confident best)

I strongly recommend you set a date to go dancing to test what you’ve learnt ASAP. You will not feel as if you can really do it, until you’ve followed through and gone dancing. It will be scary, thrilling and amazing so be brave and do it!

Fitness
The 1-Day intensive is carefully structured so that anyone of average fitness can enjoy the day.
Minimum age is 18 and most will be between 22 and 55 (see gallery)
We ask that if you have any medical condition that may affect your performance, that you seek professional advice before booking.
You may be a little stiff the following day so please stretch before you go to bed.
Motivation:
A 1-Day Intensive is especially appealing for those who:
Hate the idea of spending weeks at a beginners level.
Are catching up a friend who already dances salsa.
Feel they would have given up on a regular weekly class before getting to dancer level.
They are going on holiday to a salsa region.
They are getting married and wish to dance salsa for their first dance.

sprite-oneday  Pricing and Discounts

Pricing:
The regular price before discounts for the 1-Day Intensive for beginners is ?50 per person.
Discounts:
Booking online and telling us how you heard about us triggers the following prices:
Singles - ?45
Couples (one man and one woman)- ?75 saving ?25.
Students - ?35 each (full time university students with valid photographic id)

Big Groups: (4 Couples +)
It's essential that the group is pretty balanced in terms of leaders and followers. Also it important that everyone in the group is fully motivated to learn salsa and not just tagging along for the ride.
This course is not suitable for stag/ hen parties.
For large group enquiries please call me during office hours 07939 012231

sprite-oneday  Alastair Sadler Salsa Teacher

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-oneday  What level am I

Am I a beginner or Improver
In ascending order the general levels are:
Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, Advanced.

Beginners:
If you have never had a salsa class before, or you have tried a couple of salsa classes you are a beginner. No expertise in another dance qualifies you for salsa although you can expect to find many aspects of the course easier.
An excellent natural definition of a salsa beginner is that you cannot keep the footwork sequence going consistently unless most of your attention is focussed upon it.
Improvers:
An improver has generally completed 6-10 classes (weekly 1 hour) and can consistently keep the footwork sequence going while thinking of other things. You will have experienced spins, turns and various combinations but probably have not mastered them or cannot remember them.
Usually improvers are not confident of dancing in a freestyle situation and lack practice.
The Improver level Course is called the i.2.i. "improvers to intermediate" and is a direct follow on to the 1-Day Intensive Course for Beginners
Click here to visit the i.2.i. FAQ
Intermediate:
Once you can dance freestyle in a club you naturally become an Intermediate. You’re getting so much practice that a gap opens up between those who freestyle and those who don’t. You’ll still make mistakes, and get frustrated about various things but it’s a nice place to be so well done and enjoy :-)
Advanced:
The quick answer is ... if you’re reading this you’re not! But if you are advanced you’ll know it. You won’t need medals or camera crews, but you’ll be able to look good any time any place anywhere, and most importantly you’ll be able to make anyone you dance with feel great.

Tips:
If you have reached that freestyle salsa level but have had a break from salsa of months / years you are just a rusty intermediate and you should not go back to beginners level. If you are not sure call us or try one of our regular weekly classes and have a chat about your level.

Don’t be overeager to become advanced. (from a man who created Salsa Rapido!) What I mean is enjoy the journey. There’s fun to be had at every level. Those beginners you leave behind in your race to improve may have become your friend for life.

Ride above the cliquedom and politics and give a little back. An advanced dancer who can’t dance with a beginner isn’t advanced.

And finally... If you’re really not sure, call me. I’ve been having this conversation for a loooong time and can usually clarify things for you.

sprite-oneday  Am I an Improver

An improver has generally completed 6-10 classes (weekly 1 hour) and can consistently keep the footwork sequence going. You will have experienced spins, turns and various combinations but probably have not mastered them or cannot remember them.
Once you can dance free-style in a club you naturally become an Intermediate.
Please note that if you have reached that free-style level but have had a break from salsa of months / years you are just a rusty intermediate and you should not go back to beginners level.
If you are not sure call us or try one of our regular weekly classes and have a chat about your level.

sprite-oneday  Itinerary clothes and what to bring

Itinerary:
Doors open at 10am and the course starts at 10.30am. We finish at 5.30pm.
Lunch c.2-3pm and coffee breaks are late-morning and mid-afternoon.
Refreshments are not included and I recommend bar Salsa's cafe on the ground floor which is tasty and reasonable priced.
I insist that no alcohol is consumed during breaks.

What to bring:
A smile, it's a fun day
Students need to bring their student ID (if applicable).
Gift Voucher holders need to bring the voucher.
Clothing: Comfortable casual clothes, a spare top or t-shirt.
Footwear: Comfortable, smooth soled shoes (I don't recommend trainers)

What to wear:
Although people usually dress to impress in the salsa clubs, at our classes, comfortable clothing are your priority.
You can get a little hot so a spare top is not a bad idea. I insist on the highest standards of personal hygiene (yes I will say something)
Footwear is important. We recommend smooth soled shoes (Not new trainers) Ladies should wear shoes of the same height as they are used to. Please bear in mind that you may get trodden on (sandals = "Ouch"!!) and you may tread on someone else (stilettos = "*&%$ ?"!!!)
Above all wear shoes that are comfortable, not brand new ones.

sprite-oneday  Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Salsa Rapido course bookings.
These Terms and conditions are designed so that your course runs smoothly within the best environment possible.

Please do not contact us via email as they often get missed, call us (office hours) on 0208 888 5507

Transfers:
Once booked you are committed to the date of the course. If however, you wish to transfer to a later date or put your booking on hold we can do so. Transfers do attract a transfer fee. These transfer fees are dependent on how close to the date of your booking you make the transfer. Transfers can only be made via the telephone within office hours (Mon. to Fri.) prior to the course. Transfers with 7 days or more notice = £5 per person. Transfers with 3-7 days notice = £10 per person. Transfers with 2 days or less notice = £15 per person.
No-Shows: No-Shows is the term we give to those people who do not arrive at the course at the given time and have not contacted us by 5pm on the day before the course to transfer. No-Shows are not refunded or made alternative offers, as their actions disrupt the balance of the class.
Refund Policy: We will only refund in the unlikely event of The Streetbeat Salsa Co. cancelling the course. No further compensation will be offered.
Health and Safety: We expect all participants who have physical or mental problems, which may affect their performance or the performance of others to seek professional medical advice prior to booking and inform the instructors prior to the course.
Should any problems occur during the course, participants must immediately stop and inform the instructors immediately. The Streetbeat Salsa Co. accepts no responsibility for injuries etc. sustained during the course.
Exclusions: Participants may be asked to leave with no refund for the following reasons:
Dangerous, Disruptive or offensive behaviour;
Poor personal hygiene;
Inappropriate dress likely to cause injury;
Apparent alcohol or drug use, before or during the course;
Inappropriate level i.e. to far above or below the stated level of the course.
Any breach of the above terms and conditions:
Copyright: The Streetbeat Salsa Co. reserves all rights to the material presented at the course. N.B. The verbal content is scripted and therefore subject to copyright. No recording or photography of the course is allowed.
Photography and Filming: These terms and conditions also include your agreement to the filming/ photographing of the course and you hereby give all consents necessary for the reproduction, exhibition and use of the material recorded. The Streetbeat Salsa Co. are entitled to cut and edit the film as we deem fit.
Changing partners: Changing Partners is essential and non-optional. See FAQ 'Do I need a partner?' for details.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Alastair Sadler - The Streetbeat Salsa Co.

sprite-offer Offers:

Get into salsa Now!
Amazing Offer!
Anyone new to salsa can get their first 3 weeks of classes for only £16.
No need to pre book, no code word, just come a little earlier.

Offer valid for three consecutive weeks at any Streetbeat club venue.
Only applies to absolute beginners classes.
Only one offer per person- no repeats.


sprite-news Events:

i2i Spins Flavour salsa course at bar Salsa!
The i2i Spins Flavour explores the salsa techniques, salsa moves and combinations based on various techniques for spinning (rapid rotation)
including:
Spins vs turns
The natural mechanics of spinning in salsa
Best and worst practice
Hook Turns & spins
Travelling Spins
Multiple Spins various
Please note:

As ever this i2i Flavours course start with the essential Salsa Rapido Framework which makes this course a direct follow on from the 1-Day Intensive.
Loads of info on the site or call me 07939 012231


If you've done an i2i course in the last 6 months use the offer code 'flav'
If you've done a 1-Day Intensive for Beginners in the last two months use the offer code 'b4'
Regular price £40 per person and we now start at 11.30am
This year's Autumn Thames Salsa Cruise has a pirate theme.
Arrrrr me hearties it's time to parrrrty and shiver yer timbers.
They'll be a prize for the best dressed pirate but no walking the plank if you don't dress up.
Dance, chat, chill, pet your parrot, whatever you wish...
It's on Sunday 17th September and tickets are already available from our website or you can buy them from our regular salsa nights on Tuesdays at Gilgamesh in Camden. Get 'em early because we will probably sell out!
Groups (5+) cost £15 and the regular advanced price is £18. (£22 cash on the day)

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 an autumn evening!
Departs Festival Pier by the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank at 6.45pm, returning at 10.50pm
Book Now

sprite-news News:

I’ve two shows at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
If you know anyone who’s going please ask them to come to one or why not both?
Both shows are free and on from 5-27 August 2017 inclusive.

This year I’m MCing my regular show:
'Streetbeat Comedy Free Lunchtime Showcase'
Whistlebinkies on South Bridge & Niddry st. 12:15-13:15
Six acts or more giving their best stand up to keep you laughing and tempt you to their shows.

Plus, more exciting fun with:
'Quillarious a new comedy format'
Upstairs at the Waverley Bar (Venue 438) 15:45- 16:45

Quillarious is a brand new comedy format where the audience write the funnies or try to.
It’s game show meets comedy workshop and it’s ooodles of fun as well as the most interactive show at the Fringe
So please come and play Quillarious.

In case you don’t know, the Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts and comedy festival in the world with thousands of shows. There are hundreds free shows in every kind of comedy.
My shows are part of PBH Free Fringe, the one's in the Wee Blue Book.
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
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."

Lela London

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