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…

Elsa Wells + Josephine Bradley

Elsa Wells (Bakstansky) and The International By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

The goddess of dance – beautiful, elegant, regal, warm and generous,and a lady with immense energy; this is how her contemporaries described Elsa Wells. She “gave birth” to one of England’s largest championships which has been running since 1953, The International at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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