Brighton Jive's bright young stars Dylan & Tamsin talk about their Amazing Year!

Flirty Dancing!

Around ten years ago, I learnt to dance with Brighton Jive. I can vividly remember my first lesson, run by Colin Tenn: when I stepped into St Maryís Church hall I fell in love with a dance which is fun, exciting and easy to learn. Learning to jive gave me a great deal of confidence and it also inspired me to write my novel for teens, Flirty Dancing, where a shy teenager, Bea Hogg, has her life transformed when she learns to jive. Flirty Dancing helped me secure a four book deal and is currently being published in six other countries, including the US, so itís fair to say that jive transformed my own life as well!

I used my lessons with Colin, and the dance nights he organises, as inspiration for many of the dance scenes in Flirty Dancing. When I learnt to jive, I thought it a real shame that teenagers didnít really get the opportunity to learn this amazing partner-dance which is one of the reasons I wrote the book. Having been a secondary teacher for fourteen years, I felt that jive would give young people confidence, improve their body image and be a great form of exercise, and I was also sure they would love the sheer fun and exuberance of the dance.

Iím thrilled that Brighton Jive now has teen dancers in the troupe and that Colin is teaching in schools. Colin is a natural teacher: patient, calm and aware of the needs of all of his students. For example, although jive is a partner dance, no one ever felt uncomfortable at the lessons, even if they came without a partner, and everyone left with a fantastic sense of achievement. I do hope many young people in the local area get the opportunity to learn this wonderfully addictive and fun dance with Colin.

Jenny McLachlan, Author of Flirty Dancing, September 2014

Brighton Jive performing at the Book Launch in Churchill Square Shopping Centre in Brighton.