CHELTENHAM

Special Event: XMAS Salsa Party 
Limited to 70 paying guests - advance booking only.
**Update: Only 8 tickets left**

Saturday 18th Dec 2021

Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn

**Advance booking only to control capacity. 
**Limited to 70 paying guests.

**Anyone turning up on the night without a ticket will not be able to gain entry - sorry.

Weekly Salsa Dance Classes in Cheltenham. 
Salsa Lessons at all levels including Absolute Beginners. 

**on Monday nights

GREAT NEWS!! 
Join us for our weekly Salsa Dance Classes in Cheltenham on Mondays at Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn, with super safe Covid-19 measures in place. 
Covid-19 Safety Measures:
In order to keep you and each other safe we require all attendees to bring proof of a negative lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours prior to visiting the Barn.  Please bring your test strip with you. 
This way you will know that there is a 99.9% chance (NHS stats) that everyone in the room is Covid free. 
Lateral Flow Tests are simple to take, they are FREE and can be done at home.
Full details of this and our other Covid Safety measures CLICK HERE >> (scrolls to bottom of page)
Weekly Salsa Dance Classes In Cheltenham
As we move out of lockdown we are holding one class per week in Cheltenham on Mondays. Details below.
Monday Night Salsa at The Barn
Where: Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve, 19 Cheltenham Rd, GL52 8LU
When:  Doors open 7.45pm. Classes at 3 levels (inc Absolute Beginners) 8-9pm. Freestyle Salsa dancing 9-10pm
How much:  £7 (£5 Full Time NUS).
About The Night
Monday Salsa Night takes place in one of Cheltenham's most stunning venues, a 15th century Tithe Barn (see map below).

If it's your first time at Salsa you will be eased in with a very simple Absolute Beginners Salsa Class to build your confidence.

At Salsa Squad we keep things very light, fun  and relaxed. 

Be reassured that 9 out of 10 people who attend our Salsa dance classes have never danced before and don't consider themselves dancers, but would love to learn.

We take things really slowly at first, breaking things down one step at a time. 

We encourage people to be happy making mistakes, to be patient with themselves and most importantly patient with each other, to laugh out loud when it goes wrong and celebrate when it goes right.

The hardest step in Salsa is turning up. 

We know, we had to do it when we first started. 

Sure, it takes a bit of courage to get out of the comfort zone and do something different, but once you are there you will be having so much fun that you will be wishing you started dancing Salsa years ago!

So, take a deep breath, come along and join in the fun. Read on...

Inside Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn

Here's The Low Down:
*Salsa at The Barn every Monday (apart from Bank Holiday), 8pm-10pm

*Proof of negative lateral flow test required for entry.

* Start any week. Absolute Beginners Salsa Classes held every week - in the Beginners Room.

* Progress to Level 2 and 3 Salsa Classes at your own pace.

* Come on your own or with friends. 

* No partner required.

* Wear normal going out clothes, flat shoes, relaxed and informal.

* No dance experience required.

* No need to book, just turn up and come when you can.

* Prepare to have a lot of fun.

* This is a Bring Your Own Drinks Venue, or there is a kitchen for water.

* A warm and friendly welcome awaits you...

* £7, £5 full time NUS. Pay by cash or card, 7th Class FREE.
How To Find The Tithe Barn
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Covid-19 Safety Measures.
Please read the Covid-19 Safety Notes below carefully before attending.
🕺SYMPTOMS
Please do NOT attend if:

 - you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms, these are:
*Temperature
*Cough
*Loss of sense of smell or taste. 

- you have been instructed to quarantine or self-isolate by Track & Trace.

- to your knowledge you have been in close contact with anyone with Covid-19 in the last 10 days.

🕺 TESTING
In order to protect everyone and to make the night a safe and enjoyable environment, we are requesting that everyone provides proof of a negative lateral flow test on entry, taken no more than 48 hours prior to attending.

 Simply show your negative test strip on arrival OR show your negative result confirmation message from the NHS.
All guests test strip will be safely disposed of after entry. 

Lateral flow tests are free and self-administered at home. 

Test kits can be obtained from pharmacies, test centres, by calling 119 (7am - 11pm) or ordering online via the link below (allow 2 days).

If you plan on attending, please obtain your test kit ASAP.

Here's how to take the test, but it's best to follow the instructions in the booklet that comes with the kit:

More details on lateral flow test kits can be seen here:

🕺 PROOF OF VACCINATION
Proof of vaccination is NOT required. 

Here's why: although a person may have had a vaccine they may still be carrying the virus but showing no symptoms. 

However, according to the NHS, a negative lateral flow test result is 99.9% accurate in showing a person is not carrying the virus.

🕺 MASKS
Masks are optional, it's your choice.

If you want to take part in the class please note that some people may choose not to wear a mask. 
That's their choice. 

Remember, everyone in the class will have recently been tested negative.

🕺BUBBLES
If you want to stick to one partner during the class then you can do this by standing in the outer circle.

🕺 HUGGING
Hugging is optional. Always ask first and be cool if the other person says 'I would love to but can we do it another time?'.

🕺 HAND WASHING
Hand sanitiser will be made available on the entry desk. Please sanitise your hands on entry. 

🕺 ENTERING THE BUILDING
Please enter the building via the rear entrance.
 
🕺 FINAL THOUGHTS 
At the moment, according to the NHS, 1 in 80 people in England are carrying the virus. 

We normally attract 80 people, give or take.

That means 1 person may be carrying the virus on a normal night.  

By asking everyone to show proof of a negative lateral flow test we are massively reducing the chance of that 1 person  being in the room. 

This simple measure of taking a quick test will mean that we can get back to doing what we all love in the knowledge that we are doing so safely.

I also think that this will be standard practice within the Salsa community. 

For me, it's a very small price to pay for the reassurance that we are keeping ourselves and each other safe. 

Now, go ahead and get your lateral flow test kits, if you don't have them already, and dust down those dance shoes.

See you Monday if you want to join in the fun, with your dance mode switched to ON

With love,
Paul and the SALSA SQUAD Team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start any week?
Yes. We teach the all important basic steps every week so no matter when you start you will be eased in nice and gently.
Do I need to bring a partner?
No. Most people come on their own although there are people who come as a couple. The way the classes work means dancers change partners every couple of minutes. Dancing with different people is the best way of improving. It also makes for a more sociable night out. If you do want to only dance with your partner please let the teacher know at the start of the lesson. 
What do I do when I get there?
If it's your very first time, you and the other Absolute Beginners (new people arrive every week) will be eased in with a very simple 'Introduction to Salsa' Class. This will build your confidence and act as a great starting point for your salsa.
What should I wear?
Most people come in casual comfortable attire, it's hot stuff so wear something cool. Its probably best to keep the high heels at home (especially the men!). Leather or smooth soles are best, not trainers as they grip too much and you may struggle with the triple spins ;-)
Will I feel out of place if I come on my own?
No, not unless you wear your fave' flamenco dress or bull fighter costume. Most of the people who attend come without a partner. During the classes we swap partners every couple of minutes, it's a great way of meeting new people. 
What is the age group?
We attract all generations from 18 to 80.  All ages are very welcome. 
How many people attend?
Anywhere between 30 and 80 depending upon the night. There is a good ratio of men to ladies.

What if I’ve never danced before?
If you can walk, we can teach you to dance. These classes are all about 'Making Salsa Simple' so in your first few classes you will be learning some simple Salsa basics that anyone can do.
Is it like being at school?
No, the class is very relaxed. Your ability to laugh is more important than your ability to dance!

I’m a bloke. Isn’t dancing for girls?
Good question. Ask that to Darren Gough, the burly Northern ex-England fast bowler who won Strictly Come Dancing or Evander Hollyfield who knocked out Mike Tyson (twice) and appeared on the show! Ask it of the head teacher, Paul, who has 25 boxing fights under his belt or Stuart who Captains Cheltenham North Rugby Club. No dancing isn't just for girls :-)

contact: paul@salsasquad.com