Creative Directors Elena Collins and Fiona Ring founded the Charleston Speakeasy. Creating a dance-focused event with an emphasis on participation, Charleston Speakeasy was a success during the opening weekend of Brighton Fringe, raising over £200 for local charity MindOut.

The Fringe Speakeasy provided a modern twist on the classic speakeasy; DJ Basschimp added a dash of electro-swing and The Soultastics played twenties jazz classics with their six-piece band. The jam-packed programmes also featured dance workshops, performances from professional Charleston troupe Savoy Kicks and a dance contest between three local businesses: Pretty Eccentric, Simon Carter and Open Space Studios.

Strictly Charleston Winners 2016

It was Andrew Wieczorek of Simon Carter who was crowned 2016’s Strictly Charleston Champion, and through audience donations managed to raise over £200 for MindOut. Speaking on his participation, Wieczorek said “I am absolutely thrilled to have been part of the event and delighted that through audience generosity we have managed to raise over £200 for a great cause.”

I Charleston Brighton run local dances classes and events. The team will next be taking on the world record attempt for the largest Charleston dance at the Bexhill Roaring 20’s Festival on the Sat 23 July.

To find out how to get involved, visit dancebrightonandhove.com/