The Spring Thames Salsa Cruise is fast approaching!
For a lazy May evening in the late spring, the cruise is simply perfect :-) Dance, chat, chill, whatever you wish...
It's on Sunday 13th May and tickets are already available from our website or you can buy them from our regular salsa nights on Tuesdays at the Cuban in Camden. Get them early because we will probably sell out.
Groups (5+) cost £15 and the regular advanced price is £18. (£22 cash on the day)
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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 on the dance floor.
Four hours of dancing and fun; what a great way to spend a spring evening!
Departs Festival Pier by the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank at 6.45pm, returning at 10.50pm
I'm pleased to announce the i.2.i. dates up to the end of April 2018.
Sunday Jan. 7th i.2.i Spins
Sunday Jan. 21st i.2.i Travelling (Big movements across the floor)
Sunday Feb. 4th i.2.i Deep Salsa (The psychology of the dance floor/ Jungle)
Sunday Feb. 18th i.2.i Big Combos (AKA Move Crunch - Classic move combinations)
Sunday Mar 4th i.2.i Smooth Styling (It's awesome just do it!)
Sunday Mar 18th i.2.i Rueda (Cuban Wheel)
Sunday Apr 15th i.2.i Music Interpretation & Garnish (Garnish is everything that breaks the rules)
Sunday Apr 29th i.2.i Spins
Please note that i.2.i courses run 11.30 -5pm at Salsa!
Info and Bookings streetbeat.co.uk/QI37-203
I've publish more articles on the Salsa Rapido 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.
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
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.
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
Thanks in advance :-)
For suggestions and suggestions please email me at email@example.com