Salsa in London!

Pacion

New Member
#41
was trying to be helpful info wise for someone coming to the uk.
Let's call it "even Stevens" shall we? You have your views/information re Ealing Town Hall on a Friday, I have my views/information re Bar Salsa on a Wednesday...

TE, how long are you here for? I think your PM must be lost in snail mail! ;)
 

sweavo

New Member
#44
Hello again, peeps. Found a club called The Clockhouse (Bar Tiempo/la Finca) which very conveniently located close to my house. It's near Angel, Islington. Does anyone know anything about it? Basically, is the music and crowd any good? Is it too crowded? Not so interested in classes.

T_E
I went to a place "The Finca" in the big town some years ago (2003 I think) and I found it to be very Cuban oriented and actually hostile to cbl styles (I asked a girl to dance and she said "are you any good?" then when we started. "why are you dancing American style? Salsa is from Cuba!")
 

Pacion

New Member
#45
TE, how long are you here for? I think your PM must be lost in snail mail! ;)
Here where? And what PM? Did I miss a memo?

T_E
Hello again, peeps. Found a club called The Clockhouse (Bar Tiempo/la Finca) which very conveniently located close to my house. It's near Angel, Islington. Does anyone know anything about it? Basically, is the music and crowd any good? Is it too crowded? Not so interested in classes.

T_E
Now, either I am drinking toooo much sherry, or not drinking enough, :lol: but, according to the initial post, I was/am under the impression that you are/will be, in London...
 
#47
Hello again, peeps. Found a club called The Clockhouse (Bar Tiempo/la Finca) which very conveniently located close to my house. It's near Angel, Islington. Does anyone know anything about it? Basically, is the music and crowd any good? Is it too crowded?
La Finca's been going for ages - at least 12 years, probably more.

I've not been there for a year or more, the music was too fast for my old bones - but it's a great venue, it's definitely worth trying a few different nights there.
 

Twilight_Elena

Well-Known Member
#48
La Finca's been going for ages - at least 12 years, probably more.

I've not been there for a year or more, the music was too fast for my old bones - but it's a great venue, it's definitely worth trying a few different nights there.
Hey thanks! :D It's my first time in London, and I don't dance salsa that much but there are some friends here who do more than me and plus I miss ballroom socials. Need to go out dancing.
 
#49
Hey thanks! :D It's my first time in London, and I don't dance salsa that much but there are some friends here who do more than me and plus I miss ballroom socials. Need to go out dancing.
I've been to La Finca several times in the last year and it's an OK venue.

The split between CBers and Cuban style is about 50/50 now.
The classes can be good, but are often very crowded and chaotic.
It's one of the few clubs in London where the men sometimes outnumber the women, this made for a bit of a weird atmosphere one time I was there.
Some nights the floor is full past midnight, sometimes it seems to die at 11:45.

A bit too changeable for my liking - I've had great nights there, other times I've wanted to leave after 30 minutes.
 

sweavo

New Member
#50
I've been to La Finca several times in the last year and it's an OK venue.

The split between CBers and Cuban style is about 50/50 now.
The classes can be good, but are often very crowded and chaotic.
It's one of the few clubs in London where the men sometimes outnumber the women, this made for a bit of a weird atmosphere one time I was there.
Maybe I got one of those nights... it was really hard to keep smiling that time!
 
#51
the best salsa classes in london!

I was looking for an activity in the evening and I finally found the club I LOVE SALSA! They are so nice! They organise Salsa classes but also Salsa parties... So, don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed!;)
 
#52
I went to a place "The Finca" in the big town some years ago (2003 I think) and I found it to be very Cuban oriented and actually hostile to cbl styles (I asked a girl to dance and she said "are you any good?" then when we started. "why are you dancing American style? Salsa is from Cuba!")
:lol:

La Finca always puzzled me in that the classes were in cross body style (with a nod towards some Cuban movement) but the club afterwards was 80% Cuban style. Because of that and because it was a long journey for me I only ever went about 4 or 5 times.
 
#53
hi pacion couldnt quote your text but will reply anyway. you think mario's intermediate is more interesting than joes? really thats your opinion, mine is the opposite (but thats mine, no prob). bar salsa wed improvers teaches similar moves to bar salsa mon intermediate (where they ALWAYS teach xbody, xbody turn, double spin, copa - every week, im not the only one to comment on this).
I thought that the aim of the Monday intermediate class was to allow you to practise the core moves - the ones you mention above and not neccessarily to teach a new turn pattern every week? They did used to explain this at the start of every intermediate class but perhaps they have stopped saying it.

I'm definitely looking forward to the day when women come up from that intermediate class with a solid set of core skills and can complete a double spin without staggering around for the second one. And where they actually wait to be led for a move rather than doing it themselves three counts too early because they "know" what's coming.


made this comment as they were coming from usa may be an on2 dancer (but hey maybe not) was trying to be helpful info wise for someone coming to the uk.
Isn't on2 a predominantly New York thing? If someone came over from the US and they were from, say, LA I would be very surprised if they only danced on2.
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#54
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Isn't on2 a predominantly New York thing? If someone came over from the US and they were from, say, LA I would be very surprised if they only danced on2.
NO .-- they were dancing on " 2 " in LA, back in the fifties, as were most.
You will find a mixture of styles, in all the larger cities ( 1,2, and 3 ) and the proficient dancers, will change to suit the occasion .
 
#55
Since most things change and move on, I'm sure alot of this is out of date now. Can anybody give me a new heads up on where to go in London these days?

I'm moving back to NW London (Harrow) in January and so looking for place round form the north to the West of London and maybe in central as I could always tube it in.

I want to look for the best places/nights in the City so I can plan the rest of my life around that :p

I've already asked this on SalsaForums (sorry for x-post) but asking here too
 

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