Who was Josephine Bradley MBE By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Josephine Bradley dancing with Frank Ford

Josephine Bradley dancing with Frank Ford

Excerpts from Ballroom Icons © Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Josephine, “Jo” was affectiontely called the “first lady” of ballroom dancing. Those who were privileged to know her, remember her as one of the great personalities of ballroom teachers.

Josephine Bradley, Victor Silvester and Phyllis Haylor were the key players who founded and promoted the enviable English Style of ballroom dancing. They took on the task of analyzing what dancers, and in particular competitors of their time were dancing, and they started putting it down on paper.

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1893 – 1985

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Brigitt Mayer-Karakis is the author of the award winning book "Ballroom Icons", and chief archivist for the WDC Dance History project.
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  1. I was fortunate to have taken a few lessons with Jo Bradley back in 1948. In fact I took lessons with a number of ‘Greats’ of the day. I was mainly tutored by Wally Fryer and Violet Barnes. I had previously been placed third in the “STAR” Junior Championship at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 1947 and placed Second in The “STAR” Junior Championships at The Empress Hall, London in 1949. In 1949 My partner was Rae Phillips who had won the title in 1948 dancing with Eric Lashbrook. Eric turned eighteen in 1948 so was unable to compete as a junior any more

  2. we were taught ballroom dancing by Josephine when we were courting in 1954/55 and remember her so well and her lovely mews studio in South Kensington .Her partner at that time was Maurice .We often talk about those very happy times .

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