1922 Amateur World Champions

Cecil Reuben and Flora Le Breton This is a real gem! The video shows Cecil and Flora right after their victory in the Amateur World Championship 1922 which was the first World Championship…

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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:…


A paper on the history of dance in the US Submitted by Arthur Murray International

Arthur Murray’s Paper on History of Dances USA We would like to thank John Kimmins for submitting this paper to DanceArchives. Do to the size of it we don’t post it as an…

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…


The British Dance Council (BDC) Story

Submitted to DanceArchives by Bryan Allen The first move to rationalize the world of social dance was on May 12th 1920 when the British Dancing Times magazine held an “Informal Conference” of teachers…

Cuban Pete and Millie Donay

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

This article first appeared in the Examiner ( 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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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…


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).

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 paso doble By Marianka Swain

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

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