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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:…

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Who was Lucian David

Special Thanks go to Phillip Nicholas, Jose Sarabia and Rudolf Trautz for gathering and confirming the information! Lucien and his wife Germaine from Lyon, France were held with high regard by their fellow…

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Cuban Experience # 1 By Brigitt Mayer

Here’s my take on this beautiful experience, as it appeared in Dance Beat May 2014 Download here: Cuban Experience I Dance Beat May 2014

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…

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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…

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Videoclip of the introduction of the jive in the UK

This is a real gem! Jo (Josephine) Bradley introducing the jive on tv in the UK. For more information on the developement of the dance and its roots also see the article “From…

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She ain’t heavy she’s my partner By Keith Morris

Many many times I have heard this from people of all levels. The cause of this I hinted at during my last article. Many articles on these pages are based from a man’s stand point. In this one I have tried to give the ladies view point as well. Normally this is on the inside of an open reverse turn i.e. an open telemark. I hinted at it in my last little bit of writing that caused a “war and peace” type debate with Benoit Papineau.

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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…

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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).

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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…

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