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DJ and dancer’s hidden heart condition

In 2021, Lance became a household name when he starred in Celebrity Treasure Island. However, his credentials go beyond reality TV and into music, dance and choreography where he has shared the stage with international icons like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

Lance Savali is wearing a pastel fluffy cardigan and is turned towards the camera, laughing.

Lance has a heart condition called supraventricular tachycardia or SVT, which he says ”makes his heart beat really fast.”

Lance says, this is not easy to manage when you’re “meeting global celebrities and dancing up a storm on stage.”

At times Lance’s heartbeat can get up to 240 beats per minute, and this has led to some scary moments on stage where he has had to remain professional and calm.

Keyhole surgery has helped Lance maintain his active lifestyle and a good understanding of his condition helps him to manage it.

Lance also credits his mum and dad’s support growing up and their ongoing encouragement to pursue his dreams despite living with a heart condition that could potentially have stopped him dancing.

“Support from family and organisations like the Heart Foundation is what keeps me going.”

It’s also what led him to choose the Heart Foundation as his charity when competing on Celebrity Treasure Island, and now that the street collection has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, Lance is calling on New Zealanders to support the Big Heart Appeal and donate online.

“I wanted to be able to give back and to help fund even more life-changing research and to support families as they learn to understand and live with heart disease,” he says.

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