The rhythm of Latin at church

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The sensual rhythms of Latin American music will soon be echoing round a Brighouse community hall as part of a major fund raising scheme.

Organisers of two Salsa evenings, to be held at St John’s Community hall off Gooder Lane, Rastrick, are promising they will be packed with fun and entertainment.

They are being staged on Friday, October 11, and Friday, November 8, and are being held as part of a major fund raising campaign to raise £22,000 for the refurbishment of the community hall’s kitchens. So far it has raised £16,000.

And you don’t need to know how to salsa because expert tuition will be on hand to guide you through the steps.

The evening is scheduled to get under way at 8pm but for anyone keen to learn the steps beforehand there will be an opportunity to have some expert tuition an hour before so that once the music gets swaying you will be able to step on to the dance floor with confidence.

The evenings follow hard on the heels of two Rock n Roll events which were staged in the hall recently as part of the fund raising scheme and which proved to be highly successful.

One of the organisers of these evenings, Julia Tum, said they had decided to ring the changes this time, adding: “who knows, in the future it may eventually lead to a Strictly Come Rastrick evening.”

The evenings she said will be led by salsa expert, Sharon King from Lightcliffe, who regularly runs successful classes in the area and who readily agreed to support the evenings.

“We think it will be a bit different to the rock n roll evenings we held. Anyone and everybody can do it and it is never too late to have a go. For people who have never done salsa before we are organising for them to learn the steps an hour before the main event gets under way so they will be able to join in straight away.

“I understand you can learn very quickly and even with the basic steps you should be able to have a fun-filled evening,” said Julia “and you don’t have to have a partner.”

Admission is £5 and there will be refreshments and a bar.

She added: “I would urge everyone to come along and join us for a wonderful evening of fun.”

Salsa is primarily Cuban and Salsa music is a general term referring to what is essentially Cuban popular dance music. The term Salsa was initially promoted and marketed in New York City during the 1970’s.