People
Bobby Medeiros & Rita Moreno 1981

Who was Robert (Bobby) M. Medeiros

Excerpts from Ballroom Icons    © Brigitt Mayer-Karakis England, beset with etiquette tenets and rules of conduct, and the U.S., the land of freedom of expression, each developed completely different Latin dance styles between...

Three weeks in Cuba (Pierre)

Who was...Three weeks in Cuba By Monsieur Pierre 1947

This is transcribed verbatim from an article that appeared 1947 in the Star Program (provided by Keith Morris). Video material: courtesy of Paul Harris Three weeks in Cuba By Monsieur Pierre PDF of...

Victor Silvester (Senior) + Josephine Braddley

Who was Josephine Bradley MBE By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

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...

alex_moorewebsite

Who was Alex Moore MBE? By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Alex Moore possessed talents that made him known as “the Pope of ballroom dancing.” A great communicator with an analytical mind and photographic memory, he used those skills to analyze movement, put his findings on paper and communicate them to the dance-world in his monthly newsletter, Monthly Letter Service (MLS).

Wolgang Opitz in one of the first cat suits 1970

Wolfgang and Evelyn Opitz in a segue show 1971, the early disco era By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Here you can see how the beat and disco era influenced the movements of the Latin dances. Also if you look at the feature image of the post, you see Wolfgang in one...

Len Goodman

About Len Goodman, by Fred Bijster

Len Goodman is surely is one of the great minds we have in our business. The combination of a wonderful sense of humor, fantasy and a holistic view on dancing, combined with the ability to put his views into words in a very understandable and vivid way makes him one of the greatest lecturers in the world.

Lashbrook

Tribute to Eric Lashbrooke

I thought it may be of use to remember one of the all time great exponents of the Quickstep. His name was Eric Lashbrooke and he was one of the youngest ever winners of the European and British Amateur Ballroom Championships... only 18 when he won the European...

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.

Victor Silvester Orchestra

Victor Silvester, the father of strict tempo music By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Victor Silvester was instrumental in the development of British social ballroom dancing on many levels. He was one of the first recorded World champions, developing the strict tempo music that helped dancers at...

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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