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.
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:
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.
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.
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’
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 :-)
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
Thanks in advance :-)
For suggestions and suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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