Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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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Announcement from the Historical Committee in the Educational Department of the WDC&AL

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

We are pleased to let you know that the new website is almost ready to launch. We will keep you posted and share the link as soon as it is up. This new site has multiple purposes; We will gather information, pictures, scans and film/video/YouTube materials of the historical development related to our dance form 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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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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