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Salsa Kings Cross | The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
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sprite-camden  Welcome to Salsa Kings Cross

Classes return on Jan 9th 2023
Mambalsa Free tasters classes on Monday Jan 9th 2023 and Monday Jan 16th.

Monday's in Kings Cross just got exciting!
I’m running the first ever weekly classes in Mambalsa and I’d like to invite you to come.
It's a fun, friendly and supportive space where you can try Mambalsa dance.

You may not have heard of Mambalsa but it’s a new stylish partner dance similar to salsa but with a little extra funk and groove.
It's designed to work with any music from anywhere at any speed!
It’s easy to learn and in no time you’ll be surfacing a wave of style, complexity and expression.
So whether you’re a seasoned dance pro or totally new to dance, give it a go!
Your first class is Free whenever you like and if you've been before Mon 9th and 16th of Jan 2023 are also free.

When it comes to teaching dance, I've ripped up the rule book (which was pretty out of date!) so everyone leads, follows and learns through play.

Mambalsa has an ethos of confidence, respect and well-being, so prepare to be inspired and uplifted as you find your moves ‘n grooves.
Mambalsa combines the fun of dancing with positive psychology and psychodynamic theory to meet all the well-being goals of Seligman’s PERMA model, the NHS’s Five Steps to well-being and WHO’s 10 Core Life Skills of self-development. Phew that the sciency bit over!

And it’s taught by award winning dance teacher Alastair Sadler MBACP, salsa teacher since 1995, integrative counsellor and creator of Mambalsa.

As I mentioned, Mambalsa is New. There’s no slick videos or celebrity endorsed merch. Just a bunch of people having fun at the cutting edge of something new and exciting. Join us
If you’re interested please join the contact list to let me know you're coming at Join the contact list (Meetup's great but the contact list is the one to be on)

6.15 Meet and greet
6:30 to 7.30 Introduction to Mambalsa (Absolute beginners most welcome)
7:45 - 8.45 Level two Mambalsa (aimed at those who've done some before or have picked things up really quickly)
Upstairs at the The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX
Upstairs at the The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX The Star of Kings location

I hope to see you there,
Alastair - The Streetbeat Salsa Co.

sprite-camden  Salsa Rapido method

Salsa Rapido

The Fast ‘n Fun way into salsa

There’s a lot of sexy brand names in the salsa world, so why would you want to pick Salsa Rapido®? Well for me to answer that question is to share a journey that began when I started teaching in 1995 and is still going strong. It’s my passion, my pride and my pleasure to talk about Salsa Rapido® and how it has evolved over the years.

One thing that hasn’t changed is it’s strap line:
“The Fast ‘n Fun way into salsa.” which is as relevant now as it was in 1995.

Let's start with the ‘Fun’
I learnt, very quickly, that in teaching dance people need to have fun. If they don’t they don’t come back! When people are enjoying themselves they learn faster. I didn’t understand the psychology of playfulness when I started teaching but now I do and I weave that into every class.
Fun doesn’t mean just entertainment, it also means joy. There is something at the heart of a good dance that produces joy. It’s why we keep coming back to dance year after year. Nowadays we talk in terms of brain chemistry and neuroscience but through working on what gives us joy when we dance and striving for more of it, more often, we can become not just better dancers but better at everything in our lives. I’m not suggesting that it’s a quest for happy brain juice at the expense of others, quite the opposite. It’s proven that the better relationship between dance partners, the more joy is produced. Perhaps that’s why partner dancing evolved and persisted?
Putting ‘fun’ at the center of the Salsa Rapido® method gives us a goal and a test. Content and presentation of a class can be tested against a simple question: Is it producing more joy for the future dancer than an alternative? I ask that question over and over and have found it leading me away from the traditional ways of teaching dance. In fairness most dances and the methods used to teach them, are from a period before psychology and neuroscience.

‘Fast’ I’s in everyone’s interest to learn quickly. The faster people learn the faster they’re dancing and having fun in clubs and at events. Faster means less classes which costs less to get up to club standard. The instructor benefits through word of mouth recommendations.
Fast also means: ‘At the right pace’. Too fast and it’s all stress and no fun. Too slow and it’s boring! This is perhaps the hardest part of teaching anything in a class, but Salsa Rapido® has the flexibility to cope.

‘Way into salsa’
There are many ways into salsa. Most people in Latin America still get taught by a family member at a party. In the USA the studio system dominates and in Europe there are mainly fixed length courses. The UK has more class/club pay as you go salsa nights and of course London can boast the world's longest running and most successful 1-Day Intensive course which uses .... the Salsa Rapido®® method.

sprite-camden  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. see Salsa Rapido: Regional Styles in Salsa (2019)
Through comparing different elements from various regional styles, you'll have a greater depth of understanding and be able to make informed choices about your style.
Salsa Rapido is there to foster your style and your expression. I hope you’ll be informed by, and not confined by, the style of others. Many people mistakenly believe that the regional styles are incompatible. This is totally untrue.

The goal is to be able to dance with anyone from anywhere, easily adapting to their style whilst expressing yourself with confidence, consideration and authenticity.

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.

sprite-camden  Salsa Instructor Alastair Sadler

Alastair Sadler has been teaching salsa since 1995 and has clocked up over 15,000 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 five 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 and in 2018 ran the first Blend format event.
In 2001 he choreographed & performed a solo demo (dancing salsa with a mop and office chair) at 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!)
In 2014 he created Mambalsa, the first new partner dance of the 21st century.
Since 2011 he has realised his love of comedy and performed Stand Up at The Edinburgh Fringe festival taking five shows in 2015/16/17.
I still have many new projects to run such as Mambalsa, Salsa Liquida and teacher training courses and a book! So watch this space for another 20+ years :)
It's all been possible through the support of my partner Felicity aka DJ Felicidad.

sprite-camden  What is Blend format

Format is a new way of mixing elements of dance class and free dance.
Think of a traditional class/freedance broken into 15min chunks and rearranged.
Sometimes you’re learning in a class chunk and sometimes free dancing or taking a well deserved break. It’s all done to constant music which gives it energy and pace.
Blend aims to make the evening more dynamic and social where no one has to wait a hour or two for a freestyle dance or to take a break.
It’s the perfect way to get a class/dance fix without staying out late.

Blend was developed by myself (Alastair Sadler of The Streetbeat Salsa Co.) for the Mambalsa project and trialled at Salsa Camden in 2018 where three classes worked in confined space to constant music.
It had some unexpected benefits. Beginners became far more connected to the music.
Concentration levels were higher as the chunks were shorter and groups mixed far more readily with less ‘them and us’ and a greater sense of togetherness.
I’ve written more about Blend in the Salsa Rapido Blog.

sprite-offer Offers:

Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive Gift Voucher Offer
From July 1st 2024 to 29th Sept 2024
Gift Vouchers for couples will be £79 and Singles £49
No offer code required.
Please spread the word!
All vouchers valid on any course date booked within for six months!

sprite-news Events:

Join me for the second Dance Curious Event learning something extraordinary! Come into London’s Salsa Soho for a full day of dance development.
and it's FREE
Are you still dance curious? I hope so because I'd like to invite you to a very special FREE daytime event on Saturday 20th July 2024 at London’s Salsa Soho. (10:30 - 4:30pm)

I'm looking for 30 volunteers to pilot a full day Mambalsa® workshop aimed at those who are interested in the intersection of Dance, Well-Being and Self-Development.
Using Mambalsa® as a platform, there'll be lots of dancing, moves, grooves, laughs and discussion, all wrapped around a heap of psychology.
I'm looking for 30 volunteers to pilot a full day workshop aimed at those who are interested in the intersection of Dance, Well-Being and Self-Development.
There'll be lots of dancing, moves, grooves, laughs and discussion, all wrapped around a heap of psychology.
Find out more

!BOOK NOW for the Improvers level course-
i.2.i. Knock the Rust Off
Sunday 21st July 2024 Salsa Soho, London
This is the Improvers i2i course aimed at people who feel their salsa is a little rusty or as a direct follow on from the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive Courses.
I've called it i2i Knock the Rust Off and that's what it does.
There's lots of moves and technique presented with the 'why' as well as the 'how to'.
It's fun and tiring but worth it as you'll be boosted towards intermediate and beyond.
I've posted more info at: i2i Knock the Rust Off
It will build on the generic basics of salsa including:

Core moves
Musical interpretation &
Flow and expression
And much more...

Course starts 11am at Salsa Soho until 5pm (doors open 10.30am)
Cost: £39 per person with the offer code 'rusty' :)
Use the above link to book.
Alternative dates: View dates
Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Thames Salsa Cruise on Sunday 18th August
This year is the 26th anniversary of the Thames Salsa Cruise! and the Summer '24 Thames Salsa Cruise is fast approaching!
For a lazy August evening, the cruise is simply perfect :-) Dance, chat, chill, whatever you wish...
It's on Sunday 18th August and tickets are already available from this website. Get them early because we will probably sell out.
Groups (5+) cost £18 and the regular advanced price is £20. (£25 cash on the day)
Groups text me to set up a discount code ASAP Alastair 07939 012231

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

sprite-news News:

Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Thames Salsa Cruise on Sunday 18th August

As we approach the second cruise of the Thames Salsa Cruise’s on, I’d like to offer a few reflections of this very special event that’s been part of the London Salsa scene for quarter of a century....

Continued in the Salsa Rapido blog at:
Salsa Rapido Blog
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
Mambalsa Daytime Dance returns to the The Nightingale Cancer Support in Enfield and I'm so proud to support this wonderful charity.

This is the second year I’ll be running a Mambalsa course in-house at the Nightingale for client’s who have been affected by cancer.

My aim is to use Mambalsa as a platform to collaborate with the group to hit the three Fs: Fun, Friendship and Feeling Fabulous!
(Ok that four Fs) Read more on the Mambalsa Blog

I'm delighted to release the Salsa Rapido 1-Day Intensive dates for April to August 2024.
They are almost weekly on Sundays and I strongly recommend you book ASAP to save disappointment.
Notice there's also some Mambalsa workshop dates. Mambalsa is not salsa so please click here for details

Here's a permanent link to the dates page so you can check them at any time:

The i.2.i. Knock the Rust Off is the Salsa Rapido Improvers course.
...not forgetting The essential Thames Salsa Cruise

There may well be a few adjustments to the schedule as 2024 comes into focus.
I haven't confirmed dates out side of London yet!
I've decided to share my recent experience of cancer in a personal blog.
This may be upsetting for many people and I advise caution as to whether you read on.
First I need to address the question: why blog about cancer on a salsa dance website?
Like so many brands on the salsa scene, behind the Streetbeat/ Rapido/ Mambalsa brand is an individual person, who made the jump from dancer to dance teacher. My treatment will affect every aspect of my life including the Salsa Rapido courses and Mambalsa Project. I may physically change as a result of chemotherapy and when someone asks a question about these changes I'd like to answer in a brief and polite way with an invitation to read my blog to get my personal insight if they wish. In other words cancer affects me but it doesn't define me!

Follow this blog: Use this link to add you email to my blog following list:

The blog is a continuation of my 2022 Brighton Marathon blog hosted on Blogger.

24/01/2024 The Last Post

05/11/2023 Round Five Biddy Beep

18/10/2023 Round Four Round Up

01/10/2023 Round 3/4 Review

30/09/2023 Happy birthday Homewood School

05/08/2023 Round Two Update

26/07/2023 Would You A&E it!

26/07/2023 Labels, Trauma, PTSD and Self-diagnosis

21/07/2023 Sepsis vs Sadler A Week in Hospital

06/07/2023 Icky

02/07/2023 Day Three Sitrep (Situation Report)

26/06/2023 Three days to Chemo C-3

24/06/23 Capitano Chemo
In the run up to treatment starting I find myself getting silly to offset the anxiety.

07/06/2023 Scanaxiety
When the prospect of chemo becomes a reality.

24/03/2023 Who's Lynne and what's she FOMO about?
A catch up post from 2019 to 2023. Probably the best place to start :)
Dance school says ballet is racially problematic and too gender binary!
I saw this article in the news and throught I'd offer a few thoughts so here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: Dance school says ballet is racially problematic and too gender binary

Mambalsa is not just an alternative partner dance, it's an exploration of culture and self.
Dr Dance AKA Dr Peter Lovatt got a crowd at a festival to do a F%&k Cancer Huka. This resonated with my journey personally and with my counselling work at The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.
I borrowed his Huka and placed it into the Mambalsa framework and used it as a way of expressing anger in a positive way.

Here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: mambalsa-wedding

Summer's a great time for a wedding and this wedding was a wonderful fusion of dance styles.

Here's my latest Mambalsa blog blog posts titled: mambalsa-wedding

Well I did it! I ran the Brighton Marathon 2022
Here's my latest marathon/ lockdown blog posts titled: Alastair's Marathon
If you want to sponsor me here's the link to the charity fundraising page (open until end May 2022):
Salsa Rapido Method has it's own blog at Salsa Rapido Method
and not forgetting Mambalsa at: Mambalsa
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'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 :-)
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