Victor Silvester, the father of strict tempo music By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Victor Silvester and his orchestra changed ballroom dance music

Victor Silvester was instrumental in the development of British social ballroom dancing on many levels. He was one of the first recorded World champions, developing the strict tempo music that helped dancers at the time “work out” the technique. He also co-founded the Ballroom Committee of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing that codified the theory and practice of ballroom dance. His contemporaries and the generations after fondly remember him as one of the greats…

Brigitt Mayer-Karakis is the author of the award winning book "Ballroom Icons", and chief archivist for the WDC Dance History project.
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