Early Years
Opening cast

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:…

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.

Tango1920

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…

Vernon and Irene Castle

The Impact of Vernon and Irene Castle By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Vernon and Irene Castle were the first big international exponents of “modern dancing.” They were instrumental in launching the ballroom dance “craze” of the 1920s, taught private lessons and appeared at fashionable parties.

PJ Richardson

PJ Richardson, administrative master By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Philip Richardson, popularly known as P.J., was responsible for giving British ballroom dancing its administrative foundation, without which it would not have gained and sustained its pole position for so many decades. Lyndon…

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