Church ups the tempo with night of salsa dancing

Salsa evening at St John's Church, Rastrick
Salsa evening at St John's Church, Rastrick

The rhythms of Latin America came to Brighouse at the weekend when the community hall at a local church echoed to the sounds of salsa.

As part of a fund raising scheme to renovate the kitchens in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, organisers have staged a number of events to raise much needed cash for the refurbishment scheme.

Earlier this year they held two highly successful rock and roll nights but in order to ring the changes they decided to stage a couple of salsa evenings. The first was staged last Friday evening, and a second will be held on November 8.

One of the organisers, Julia Tum, had promised an evening full of fun. At the end of the first session she said she was very pleased with the way it had gone, adding that everyone had joined in and she was sure they would come again to the second evening in November.

The fun was scheduled to start at 8pm but the organisers had set up a learner session an hour before the start so that people could learn the steps and be able to join in the fun from the beginning.

They were in the capable hands of Sharon King, who runs regular salsa classes at Lightcliffe, and by the time the fun got under way at 8pm everyone had grasped the basic steps and were able to join in.

“Everyone had great fun and I am sure they will be wanting to come back when we have our second salsa evening in November,” said Julia.

“Sharon was really good and got everyone involved and it turned out to be a very fun evening, in fact some people said they had enjoyed it so much they were going to join some of Sharon’s salsa groups.

“Everyone found that learning the basic steps was tremendous fun and they seemed to learn very quickly”

Julia said they were now looking forward to the second session next month.

The fund raising events, aim to raise £22,000 for the kitchen refurbishment scheme. So far they had managed to raise over £16,000.

They were not able to say at the moment how much Friday’s event had raised because there were still some monies still to come in but she was confident a “good amount,” had been raised.