By Gord Bowes, News staff
Love hot Latin music and dancing?
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has a unique fundraiser for you.
It’s the third annual Salsa for Heart — a chance to dance, or learn to dance, the lively, sensual style.
“It’s a good, healthy activity,” says Dr. Catherine Demers, a Hamilton cardiologist who wanted to give back to the foundation, which has funded some of her research.
Demers co-founded the event with Dr. Carlos Morillo.
“I felt it would be a good way to get people involved in the Heart and Stroke Foundation,” she said.
This year’s Salsa for Heart fundraiser takes place on Friday, April 11 at the Bay City Music Hall, upstairs from Leander Boat Adventure Club at 50 Leander Dr.
The night begins at 8 p.m. with DJ Gury Gury. At 9, there’s a an hour of salsa lessons from Nuvitzo Dance before participants get to strut their stuff at 10.
That will be followed by performances from Guayaberos, Nuvitzo Dance and MacDance and a second set from Latin Swing Orchestra from midnight until 1 a.m.
“You don’t have to know anything about salsa,” said Alfonso Tinebra of the Hamilton office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“Anyone from beginner to expert. Everyone’s welcome.”
Proceeds will go to Heart and Stroke Foundation research and activities.
Nearly 6,000 people in the Hamilton area are hospitalized each year for heart disease and stroke-related conditions, according to the foundation, and 16 per cent of residents over age 12 have high blood pressure, the number 1 risk factor for stroke.
For more information about Salsa for Heart, call Tinebra at 905-574-4105 or see salsaforheart.ca for details or to make a donation.