Archive for the ‘Book’ Category

Ballroom History Part I

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Don’t miss my video on the Ballroom history 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: Allemande   Opening cast Maurizio Veskovo and Andra Vaidilaite Francis Lafrenier and Claudia Primeau Kamil […]

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The Hockeystick By Barry Gasson

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Another fundamental figure in Cha-Cha-Cha and Rumba is the Hockey Stick Fan and Alemana, Fan and Hockey Stick. are the two commonly known movements, but where the Alemana can be taken from other positions than Fan Position, the Hockey Stick can only be taken from Fan Position. Aha! Gotcha! I hear you cry. “The book […]

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Who was Josephine Bradley MBE?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Excerpts from Ballroom Icons    © Brigitt Mayer-Karakis Josephine Bradley dancing with Frank Ford 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 of ballroom teachers. Josephine Bradley, Victor Silvester and Phyllis Haylor were the key players who founded and […]

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The dance detectives

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Alison Gallagher-Hughes hears from Brigitt Mayer-Karakis about the World Dance Council’s attempts to put history at our fingertips. Click the link below, to read the full article The_Dance_Detectives

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The waltz BY © Zoë Anderson

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Print from Curt Sachs’ “World History of the Dance”  This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today ( The waltz is one of the oldest of ballroom dances. Across its long history, this dance has been both scandalous and sweetly nostalgic, always associated with romance. The obvious characteristics of the modern […]

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And all of a sudden its Christmas!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

There might be a dance-nut in an area near you. Ballroom Icons limited, numbered collectors edition is a perfect gift for your teacher, student or a family member. Your Ballroom Icons team

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The History of Dance — A lecture by Brigitt Mayer, as presented at the Blackpool Congress

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Report by Philip Nicholas for Dance Beat (USA) Over the years there have been many interesting lectures at Blackpool. But over all the years I have been there I do not remember one about the history of our dances. History has always been very interesting to me, so when my dear friend Brigitt Mayer-Karakis told me […]

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International Congress 2012 ‘Let Your Body Talk’…part three by Jack Reavely

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

  “Day One: Brigitt Mayer  History of Dance: One of my own favorite subjects is the History of Dance and Brigitt must have spent so many hours studying and then arranging this lecture which covered such a spectrum of dance, over so many years that the only way it could be utterly appreciated is to […]

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First ballroom dance history lecture in Blackpool

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We have maybe heard about it from our coaches or we have put our own efforts in and researched the history of our ballroom dances and how they came about, but this year Brigitt Mayer, author of Ballroom Icons has pulled it all together into one entertaining and informative history “show” It was conducted in […]

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DanceArchives up and running!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The Historical Committee and Educational Department are happy to announce: The DanceArchives website is up and running! This is an ongoing project and does not claim completeness (- ever:)). We concentrated on organizing the facebook articles and structuring the page, so the public can find things easily. In the near future, besides continuing with this, […]

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