A unique Charleston dance school which was recently accepted onto the UK’s largest free accelerator hub, Entrepreneurial Sparks, will be swivelling it’s way to Ryde from 19th February.

MyCharleston was set-up by 2 entrepreneurial women, Elena Collins and Fiona Ring, as a passion project after they became hooked on Charleston dancing. After teaching sellout classes back in their hometown Brighton, the pair realised the demand for the dance was bigger than they initially thought.

In just under 6 months, the pair launched their business in 5 new cities focusing on getting all age groups kicking and flicking across the dance floor.

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Co-founder Elena Collins explains:

“It’s a really playful dance, full of character and humour.

“When we set this up we had no idea we’d be expanding over seas” laughs Fiona. “Things have been moving at a giddy pace since we joined the Entrepreneurial Sparks programme.  Elena now works full time on the business and we have expanded along the South Coast recently launching in my hometown of Portsmouth”.

Since then the classes have gone from strength to strength and the latest expansion for MyCharleston is to the Isle of Wight.

Elena adds:

“Its not international but it is a leap from the mainland and we think Charleston will be a big hit on the Island as the dance offers so much: It’s great fitness, very sociable and chance to have a lot of fun’’.

Classes start on 19th February at the Ryde Academy at 20:00. For more information visit

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