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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:…

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…

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.

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