Port Coquitlam event to aid breast cancer research

Project Pumps fund-raising dance is 'something nice to do for something we care about'

Two Port Coquitlam-raised women want to introduce dancing in heels to their hometown and at the same time raise money to fight breast cancer.

Project Pumps, operated by Aleisha Husolo and Aleks Lukacevic, will put on a class in PoCo on the eve of Halloween, Oct. 30, for those who want to learn how to dance in heels. Participation is by donation with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

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“We wanted to host a class [in Port Coquitlam], but we didn’t want it necessarily to be free so we thought it would be nice to do something for something we care about,” said Lukacevic, who lost an aunt to breast cancer. “I was really young at the time, but my dad still to this day talks about it. It was definitely hard.”

Project Pumps started up in the Tri-Cities area in May. This fundraising class will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Coastal Edge Dance (108-1525 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam). 

Lukacevic said the intent of the classes is to empower women and to have fun. Many of them are moms, they said, who used to go to clubs but now want to be able to dance along with other women in an environment where they feel comfortable, she added.

“A lot of the people we talk to love dancing in the mirror and have fun and we just thought it would be nice to have that experience,” said Lukacevic.

Heels are optional to begin with if participants feel more comfortable in running shoes or bare feet, but eventually they’re expected to advance to wearing heels. For more information, email projectpumps@hotmail.com.

ggranger@tricitynews.com

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