Decades
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History of Ballroom Dancing Part I

With an All Star Cast of Ballroom Champions Thanks go to my wonderful and enthusiastic cast that made this once in a lifetime History Show-Experience possible!   Order of appearance Opening number dance:…

Richard Gleave

Dancing Notes from 1964 By Richard Gleave

Recently, I had cause to look at some of my dancing notes, from 1964! At the time of writing, these notes I was 20 years old! I hope they will be at least…

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Videoclip of the introduction of the jive in the UK

This is a real gem! Jo (Josephine) Bradley introducing the jive on tv in the UK. For more information on the developement of the dance and its roots also see the article “From…

Cuban Pete and Millie Donay

How the mambo became the cha-cha-cha By Patsy Holden

This article first appeared in the Examiner (www.examiner.com) How the mambo became the cha-cha-cha and the mambo dance craze of the 50s On December 12, 1949 Perez Prado, a Cuban band leader who…

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Perfect 10: The cha cha cha By Marianka Swain

 This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today (www.dance-today.co.uk) If you’re looking for a sweeping romance or a grand passion, you’re better off with a waltz or a tango, but…

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About the German Professional Dancesport Association

Submitted to DanceArchives by the German Professional Dancesport Association DPV The professional competitive dancers have been organized in Germany since 1948. At that time they were part of the German Dance Teachers Association…

Debutante ball in Vienna

Perfect 10: The Viennese waltz By Marianka Swain

“If there exists a form of music that is a direct expression of sensuality, it is the Viennese waltz,” wrote Austrian music scholar Max Graf in 1922.

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Perfect 10: The tango By Nicola Rayner

 This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today (www.dance-today.co.uk) In the ballroom, the tango is unmistakable. Even its name – the hardness of the consonants – suggests a dance with…

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Perfect 10: The paso doble By Marianka Swain

 This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today (www.dance-today.co.uk) “Of all the ballroom styles, this is the one that most requires you to be an actor as well…

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Perfect 10: The waltz By Zoë Anderson

 This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today (www.dance-today.co.uk) The waltz is one of the oldest of ballroom dances. Across its long history, this dance has been both…

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