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HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE and I Charleston raise money for local charity Whoopsadaisy.

The I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy kicked started the opening weekend of Brighton Fringe at the Brighton Spiegeltent and raised over £750 for Whoopsadaisy, Sussex based Charity helping children with cerebral palsy, through their Strictly Come Dance-style Charleston Competition.

The   three-hour   immersive   Charleston   dance   afternoon   included   workshops   and performances by professional Charleston troupe Savoy Kicks who were dressed to impress in their Pretty Eccentric dresses. The dancers were accompanied by live music from The Soultastics and DJ Basschimp before the Strictly Come Dancing-style contest took place.

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In partnership with the Hilton Brighton Metropole, I Charleston Brighton tasked three hotel team members with an individual Charleston routine to learn over a month in preparation for the contest. Those chosen were, Elizabeth Matthews, Agne Augulyte and Agata Balazinska who were then paired with a professional dancer from Savoy Kicks to braved the dance floor to compete to win votes from the audience in addition to raising money via their own JustGiving page.

Agata Balazinska, Dir of Business Development at Hilton Brighton Metropole was crowned the 2017 winner. Sascha Koehler, General Manager of the Hilton Brighton Metropole, said ‘’I am extremely excited to have been able to offer three of our wonderful employees a slightly different experience to their day jobs and support Brighton Fringe and a wonderful local charity Whoopsadaisy in the process. The girls did a fabulous job together with Savoy Kicks and are still buzzing with excitement – I thought it was a wonderful event!’’.

I Charleston Brighton is run by Elena Collins and Fiona Ring who teach weekly dance classes at Open Space Studios and Bird Studios.

For more information visit www.dancebrightonandhove.com

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