Archive for the ‘Icons’ Category

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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Elsa Wells (Bakstansky) and The International

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

© Original Text from Ballroom Icons by Brigitt Mayer 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 […]

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Ballroom Icons at the German Open

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Ballroom Icons had its second big appearance this year! At the German Open in Stuttgart. With altogether 16 Icons and contributors, as well as the author and photographer signing the buyer’s issues over two days, this was by far the biggest and most successful promotional event for a book in the ballroom genre. The press […]

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Ballroom Icons: The Launch Party

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

It is time for the big launch of the big book… Poor Brigitt Mayer… She will be a bundle of nerves having taken the opportunity to do what she felt was a necessity to her life and that was to write a book, based on the people whom she considered to be Icons of Dance.

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Letter from Dance Beat

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Hi Brigitt Congratulations on your launch at Blackpool, it was super! We got everyone to sign the book and Didio is going to take it with him on his travels and complete all the living icon signatures. My mum loved it too! Keith Todd, editor Dance Beat Read the interview as seen in Dance Beat (346Kb PDF file)

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Letter from Peggy Spencer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I received this note from Peggy Spencer, MBE: Dear Brigitt Thank you so very much for sending me Ballroom Icons. Now I cant put it down. I am already up to Doreen Freeman, who I knew so well. It is brilliant. I do admire all the work and research you have put into it, and […]

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Bryan Allen’s Blackpool launch speech

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

We were especially pleased to have Bryan Allen speak at Blackpool on behalf of the book Ballroom Icons. Here are his words from the launch party.

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