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Thames Salsa Cruise | The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
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sprite-tsc  About the Thames Salsa Cruise

On Sunday 17th May 2020, join us as we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Salsa Rapido Yes, that’s right, I've (Alastair) has been teaching for twenty five years!
And 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 £18 and the regular advanced price is £20. (£25 cash on the day if any are left!)

sprite-tsc  The Salsa Cruise in brief

  • The Thames Salsa Cruise is a four hour cruise along the river Thames.

  • The next date is Sunday 17th May 2020

  • The boat has dancing deck, bar, lounge, quiet and open decks.

  • Departs 6.45pm and Returns 11pm to Festival Pier Southbank SE1 8XZ

  • Tickets are sold online in advance £20 or £18 each for groups of five +

  • On the day of the cruise tickets cost £25 cash (subject to availability)

  • There are no online bookings on the day of the cruise.

Groups text me to set up a discount code ASAP (07939012231 Alastair)

sprite-tsc  Cruise Dates and Times

Next Thames Salsa Cruise Sunday 17th May 2020 - NOW BOOKING


Check in at no later than 6.45pm at Festival Pier on the South Bank by the Royal Festival Hall. Return just before 11pm There are no stops during the cruise.




2019 Spring Thames Salsa Cruise


  • Sunday 17th May 2020

  • Sunday 23rd August 2020

We would like to talk to any teachers/groups who would like a specific date.
Call Alastair on call 07939 012231

There are NO online bookings on the day of the cruise.
If it is the day of the cruise before 3pm text 07939 012231 to check availability.

sprite-tsc  Promo Video for Salsa Cruise

The Thames Salsa Cruise (short version)


Filmed on the Spring and Summer cruises of 2009.
Music 'Maestro' by Salsa Celtica
Single click to start.
Double click to visit Youtube.

sprite-tsc  Booking Questions

Cost:
Advance tickets cost £20 in advance and £18 each for groups of five + (see below)
On the day of the cruise tickets cost £25 cash (subject to availability)
There are no online bookings on the day of the cruise.

Tickets:
The Thames Salsa Cruise is a ticketless system.
We issue boarding cards as you arrive at the pier and then direct you to the boat, which means there’s nothing to print or bring.

Group bookings:
Group booking are available for groups of five or more, when booked online.
To make a group booking simply purchase five tickets in one transaction. The system will help you set up your ‘group code word’ so other people can join your group by using the ‘group code word’ and get the group discount, saving you the hassle of collecting money.
For regular groups and salsa clubs I can set up a ‘group code word’ without any purchase. For groups of much larger groups or please call the Streetbeat office.
Groups text me to set up a discount code ASAP

If you have any further questions please call 07939 012231 (office hours only)

sprite-tsc  Getting There

Festival pier in on the South Bank of the river next to the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. (for sat-nav SE1 8XZ )
Tube: Use Waterloo Station look for signs to Royal Festival Hall. or use Embankment (Northern line) and walk (10mins) across the Hungerford foot Bridge.

Charing Cross: As you leave the station turn right and look for Villiers Street (pedestrian only) that slopes down to Embankment tube. Villiers Street is also packed with coffee shops and restraints.

Parking: Although there is some parking behind the Royal Festival Hall and on the Embankment (North side of the river) I strongly recommend you allow one hour for successful parking and walking to the pier.

Come early: Enjoy the South Bank. Please note the walking times to the Pier above.

Toilets: There are toilets on the boat. The Public toilets at Royal Festival Hall are free!

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sprite-tsc  Cruise Terms and Conditions

Thames Salsa Cruise Terms and conditions
When booking places on behalf of others, the person booking takes the responsibility for those people receiving the cruise details and terms and conditions.
Places are sold subject to availability and refunds will only be made if the cruise is cancelled by The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
No refund or compensation will be made due to delayed departure or early curtailment of the cruise or for any other reason.
Places purchased may not be resold without permission of The Streetbeat Salsa Co.
Boarding cards will only be issued up to the stated time of departure to those present.
Any places not checked in by the stated time of departure will be deemed null and void.
No food or drink may be brought onto the boat.
The boat operators reserve the right to search anyone boarding the boat.
Anyone may be excluded from boarding if there is any suspicion of alcohol or substance abuse or anyone whose behaviour is deemed undesirable for the cruise.
Anyone excluded from boarding will not be offered a refund or compensation.

sprite-offer Offers:

The 2021 Beginners Restart Offer
To Help get things going after lockdown, I'd make you an offer!
‘Couples only’ bookings for £75 saving £55!
‘Singles’ bookings £45 saving £20!
Use the offer-code "2021" when you book.
Only available for course dates before the end of 2021.

sprite-news Events:

New Monday Night at Kings Cross
Starting Monday 18th Oct.
Streetbeat presents a brand new Monday night aimed (initially) Beginners and Improvers: Kings Cross Salsa
The classes are Salsa Rapido method, the fast ‘n fun way into salsa, presented by Alastair Sadler.
The evening is based on the Blend format which blends class and club into a magnificent cocktail of salsa.
I’m inviting everyone to come to the ‘Welcome’ session’ at 6.20pm -7pm so we can meet and greet and run through some basics.
Please let me know you’re coming Welcome Form
and please please spread the word :)
More Info kingscrosssalsa.co.uk
Knock the Rust Off- The Improvers level course Salsa Soho.
It's a new i2i course aimed at people who feel their salsa is a little rusty and 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.
I've posted more info at: i2i Knock the Rust Off
It will build on the generic basics of salsa including:

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

Course starts 11.30am at Salsa Soho until 5pm
Cost: £40 per person but use the code 'rusty' for £5 off :)
Use the above link to book.
Alternative dates throughout the Autumn View dates
Mambalsa is back! 
This Autumn ‘21 I’m offering a series of full day workshops in central London to explore and develop Mambalsa as a social partner dance. 
Sun. Nov 14th
Sun Dec. 12th
Click to book

The chances are you haven’t heard of Mambalsa. It’s the first new partner dance of the 21st century.  It can be danced solo or in groups and looks similar to many popular Latin partner dances with a little extra sizzle and giggle. 
Mambalsa is danced to almost any music fast or slow, from Acid House to Zydeco! Mambalsa adapts and moulds itself to the music's rhythm.
It’s very easy and fast to learn. You’ll be dancing Mambalsa in five minutes and showing your friends in ten!
Built into the heart of Mambalsa is an ethos of: confidence, respect and positivity that generate well-being. Mambalsa can be just a fun thing or an ongoing conversation about practicing life skills leading to a more fulfilled life.
Mambalsa’s new and that means there’s a huge opportunity for anyone who gets involved at the start. My aim is to build a group of Mambalsa dancers as the first step towards establishing Mambalsa on the global dance scene.

What we’ll cover:
The Basics of Mambalsa including the fundamental rules that define the dance.
Event based moves e.g. spins, travelling steps leading to small combos.
Five categories of moves and 100,000 combinations.
How to lead and follow with presence. (In Mambalsa everyone learns to lead and follow)
Using empathy and respect to build confidence within the dance relationship. 
Working with the music. 
The psychology of having more fun more often.

Research: Each workshop is a research laboratory to develop Mambalsa
The Mambalsa community and business model.

The workshops are presented by Alastair Sadler creator of Mambalsa, professional dance teacher since 1995. 

What to Bring
I would ask every participant to choose a track they would like to dance to but not from a genre they already dance e.g. a salsa dancer should not choose a salsa track.

Cost:
I’ve kept the cost to a minimum so it isn’t a barrier to participant:
£25 per person 
11am-5pm Salsa Soho, 96 Charing Cross Road.

sprite-news News:

My latest post in the Salsa Rapido blog is about the Blend Format.
This is an evening format where class and free-dance are blended together.
Not to be confused with blended learning where tuition is both on and off-line, Blend has many benefits for the student, the teacher and the venue....
Salsa Rapido blog post: Blend 21 the Reboot
My latest post in the Salsa Rapido blog is about my ethical dilemma as to whether my Salsa Rapido courses should swap partners or not.
I look forward to when this post-covid deliberation is purly of historical interest :)
Salsa Rapido blog post: Blend 21 the Reboot
CoronaVirus Statement update. (16/09/2020)
Due to the recent second spike in coronavirus cases the venue management has decided that all dance activities at their venues should be put on hold for the time being.

Although frustrating and costly, I fully appreciate their position and although my courses would be fully covid security compliant and well within the rules it would send a mixed message to the public about dance.

I have therefore suspended all dates on the booking system.
I hope that I can restart in the near future.
Meanwhile I am selling open ended gift vouchers at a discount price of £75 per couple with discount code ‘2020’
Gift Link
Last April was the 25th anniversary of The Streetbeat Salsa Co. and I’m looking forward to celebrating it on my next 1-Day Intensive salsa course as soon as possible.
Meanwhile stay safe :-)
Regards Alastair
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 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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