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On Dec. 18, longtime D.C.-area salsa dance instructor and promoter Eileen Torres fell and broke her ankle in three places. She had surgery and still needs medical treatment and rehabilitation, but does not have medical insurance. Tonight, members of the local salsa community are holding a fundraiser at Zanzibar on the Waterfront to help pay for her medical bills.

Torres doesn’t just teach how to follow salsa’s clave beat and move your feet and arms with style, although she does all that well. She’s also a music fan who on occcasion has held her dance instruction nights at various clubs, shown rarely seen film footage of Latin music greats, and invited salsa musicians to sit and talk with the dancers. She has lectured on salsa at the National Geographic Society and written liner notes for the Starbucks compilation album Mambo Mio. Eileen will be joined tonight by a who’s who of local dance teachers and salsa DJs.  Instructors Ramiro (El Padrino) Prada, Wendell Robinson, Jeri Dembrak, and Earl Rush are among the hosts for the event.

The DJ Schedule for the night is:

6:00-6:30- DJ Hercules
6:30-7:00 DJ Miguel Morales “El Sonero”
7:00-7:30 DJ Sabroso “Killer Joe”
7:30-8:10 DJ Manuel Martinez
8:10-8:50 DJ Nancy Alonso (from WPFW)
8:50-9:30 DJ Saborinquen
9:30-10:10 DJ Bruno “El Unico”
10:10-10:50 TBA
10:50—11:30 DJ Carlos “El Cacique”
11:30-12:00 DJ Azucar

Several of the DJs will have salsa compilation CDs to raffle. For those who wish to send donations via check directly to Eileen, her address is:

Eileen Torres
8275 Severn Orchard Circle
Severn, MD 21144

For those who wish to use their credit cards, there’s a Paypal account on Eileen’s blog.

Wednesday February 24, 6 p.m. to 12 midnight at Zanzibar on the Waterfront’s ground floor  room(Sky Club entrance), 700 Water St., SW. (202) 554-9100. Donations requested