London people...

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by AndrewD, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. AndrewD

    AndrewD Shine Officer

    ...is it worth going to Bar Salsa on a Thursday? I've heard nothing good about the lessons - but what about the social dancing?
     
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  2. spotcat

    spotcat Banned

    The only good thing I'll say about it is that it was a very long time ago.
     
  3. AndrewD

    AndrewD Shine Officer

    That good eh...
     
  4. Flujo

    Flujo Sabor Ambassador

    I've never been on Thursday but a really cool guy who is a good dancer said it was good. Or was it Tuesday!? It was one of the two. Maybe that's where the Rueda guys have disappeared to. The place (Wed/Mon) isn't the same without them really, they're bloody good dancers!
    LOL, you'd say the same about Wednesday though. Where would you recommend?
     
  5. nowhiteshoes

    nowhiteshoes Pattern Police

    i tried it twice - not for me! not the best teaching = not the best dancing imo
     
  6. AndrewS

    AndrewS Shine Officer

    I have been there a couple of times on a Thursday. I don't have much positive to say about it so look away now if you don't like negativity.

    It's only a personal preference but from watching the advanced class I didn't like the teaching style and I didn't like how the teacher danced socially. His partners seemed happy enough though so it could just be a matter of taste.

    Generally the standard of dancing seemed to be lower than Mon/Wed (with the exception of the few dancers who you see there on Mon and Wed anyway). But it is a Thursday, which is the start of the weekend for many people in London so you are going to get a more weekendy crowd. I expect their bar takings are double or triple those of Monday nights ;)
     
  7. AndrewS

    AndrewS Shine Officer

    Tuesday is Brazillian night.

    I have been recommended Abacus on a Tuesday.
     
  8. Flujo

    Flujo Sabor Ambassador

    Cool. Someone I know said it was a bit "Mambo" there and she didn't have the best time but when I hear things like that it get's translated in my head to mean great dancing and great music but leave your silly hat at home. Got no problem with doing that at all.

    Perhaps I'll see you around after this Salsa break is up (they never last, hehe). ;)
     
  9. nowhiteshoes

    nowhiteshoes Pattern Police

    i used to go there - i wouldn't say it was cliquey. more a 'fun' venue but not in a condescending way. haven't been in about 18 months but found it friendly and busy.

    about thurs: my opinion exactly
     
  10. susiesusie

    susiesusie Changui

    I've been several times but it's not the best. I find it very busy and unfriendly. I've got injured there more times than anywhere else and no apologies! Music is so-so, but I prefer more timba/Cuban.

    Susie
     
  11. AndrewD

    AndrewD Shine Officer

    I should be attending SOS this Sun - for the first time!

    I'm looking forward to it - is anyone else from the forum likely to be there?
     
  12. Flujo

    Flujo Sabor Ambassador

    The first time!? :shock: :)
    Can't go this weekend but hope to be at the LDA party (also for the first time) next weekend if you are up for that?

    I went for the third time (Ed: to SoS) recently (only went once in the first 2 years) and it was pretty damn good what with it being in the big room this time. It was still hot though, so I'd wear something light if I were you. If you like cross body then you'll have a good one for sure. Oh, and the snobbishness thing is a myth by the way...there's no more than any other place. The music is quality too!

    Hope you have a blast Mr.D.
     
  13. nowhiteshoes

    nowhiteshoes Pattern Police

    im not so sure about that! it's there alright but it's a great place to dance
     
  14. AndrewD

    AndrewD Shine Officer

    Yes - I never got around to it.

    To be honest I used to find central venues a bit daunting - I think this is because I went to a few all nighters as a beginner and felt really out of my depth.

    Recently I've been to a couple of the larger nights and haven't felt out of place - in fact I'm thinking of dropping my usual venue and going to Bar Salsa on Wednesdays again.

    With all these things I guess you have to show your face on a semi-regular basis or you'll always feel like an outsider.

    (Though I do enjoy being a bit of a big fish in the tiny pond of my local venue)
     
  15. Flujo

    Flujo Sabor Ambassador

    nowhiteshoes, maybe I was too busy enjoying myself to notice. :cool: You've been quite a few times haven't you? Seeing that big room was a shock, I just couldn't get over how many people there were. It was almost like being at SalsaFusion (exaggeration?).

    AndrewD, true. After a while you can go pretty much anywhere and see a few familiar faces but before you get to know people it can be a bit daunting. I hear you on the local thing too. For me it was the music that put the final nail in the "regular customer" coffin. You can still blot out all the bad stuff with a few fond memories though can't you.
     
  16. MacMoto

    MacMoto Administrator Staff Member

    True (though I must say I felt perfectly at home at SOS when I went there back in January even though I think it was only my 4th visit in 3 years. I had a fantastic time, and I agree that the snobbish reputation is just a myth. :D)
     
  17. AndrewS

    AndrewS Shine Officer


    Well I've had more rejections in Bar Salsa than SOS so I would say that the cliquey reputation for SOS was created by people who felt unable to go and ask the alleged cliquey people to dance.
     
  18. nowhiteshoes

    nowhiteshoes Pattern Police

    ditto. i was just thinking back a few years ago. best place to dance in the uk imo
     
  19. Flujo

    Flujo Sabor Ambassador

    How was it AndrewD?
    I ended up going in the end, instead of going next week. I was looking out for you but didn't see anyone fitting your description. So fill us in. How was your first SoS experience? :)
     
  20. AndrewD

    AndrewD Shine Officer

    I had a great time!

    I took the improver level class, which was a bit too easy for me – but it did include a couple of nice moves I haven’t been shown before. It’s always nice being taught quite simple things, that feel good and you can include in your repertoire more or less straight away.

    I danced pretty much non stop from 8:30 to 10:30, without a refusal or a sense that I would be turned down – I guess another aspect of having 3 years experience is knowing who to ask. The dancing was very good; one of my worries was that I’d be faced by a wall of salsa goddesses and I’d have to be on top of my game all night, but there was a nice mixture of skill levels. I had four quite memorable dances – I think the difference between my local and central venues is that followers at places like SOS are more comfortable expressing themselves, so in a way you feel less pressured to deliver lead after lead.

    The music was great – a welcome antidote to my local’s – the DJ at my regular place plays great tunes most of the time but manages to destroy the atmosphere at least twice a night by playing something weird or wacky.

    I can definitely see why SOS has its excellent reputation – I can’t make Sundays very often, but will definitely go again.
     

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