The Ballers perform during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

The Ballers perform during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Show of heart: ‘Livin’ the Dream’

Kentridge program dedicated to school’s late athletic director; proceeds benefit the AHA

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:27pm
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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.

The Chatelaines step it up during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

The Chatelaines step it up during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

The Little Chargers perform on stage during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

The Little Chargers perform on stage during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Students perform a hip-hop number during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Students perform a hip-hop number during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Bhangra dancers delight the audience during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Bhangra dancers delight the audience during Kentridge’s Dance for Heart program at the school’s Performing Arts Center on Friday night. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Vietnamese cultural performers. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Vietnamese cultural performers. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Dragon Lion rears its head. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Dragon Lion rears its head. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

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