Kentridge High School students, representing many cultures, sang, danced and told stories in memory of a special man Friday night.
A February school tradition, the seventh annual Dance for Heart program on National Heart Day was dedicated to Eric Anderson, Kentridge’s late athletic director and instructor.
Described as “the face of Kentridge,” Anderson, 57, died July 7, 2018, of heart disease.
The program, “Livin’ the Dream,” as Anderson often said, brought in performances from the school’s various arts, athletics and club groups at a filled Kentridge Performing Arts Center.
“He was a great leader,” Denise Wiskow said of Anderson. Wiskow, a sports medicine teacher, coach and Yoga Club advisor at Kentridge, has been directing the Dance for Heart show since its inception. “He took me under his wings. He helped me through the hard times … and helped me through good times as well. He was definitely the pillar of this school and will be missed very, very much. I just really appreciate everything he did.”
Proceeds – about $5,000 from the show – sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and Kentridge Sports Medicine – support the AHA.
“It’s a great opportunity for all students to show their talent and to work together as a team to raise heart disease awareness to the community,” Wiskow said.
The entertainment lineup included performances from the Chatelaines; Kentridge gymnastics; the Little Chargers; Steppers and Ballers; the Yoga Club; multicultural dancers from K-pop to hip hop; singers, solo dancers, and other acts.
The program is part of the school’s devotion to February, Heart Health Month.