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: Allemande   Opening cast

Maurizio Veskovo and Andra Vaidilaite

Francis Lafrenier and Claudia Primeau

Kamil Studenny and Katya Trubina-Maganova

Artur Adamski and Karolina Paliwoda 



Beginning: The distant past and the roots

Valera Musuc &  Nina Trautz                                                                           (dance:            Ländler)

Bryan Watson & Carmen Vincelj                                                                    (dance:            Charleston)

Kamil Studenny & Katya Trubina-Maganova                                              (dance:             Lindy-Hop)

Wendy Johnson & Igor Suvorov                                                                       (dance:            Argentine T.)

Jukka Happalainen & Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö                                                 (dance:            Son/Mambo)

Rudi Homm & Viktorija Triscuka                                                                     (dance:            Milonga)

Allan Tornsberg & Vibeke Toft                                                                           (dance:            Maxixe)


Middle: Establishment of competitive concept

8   Peter Eggleton & Loraine Barry                                                                          (dance:            old Slowfox)

9   Lorraine & Neil Jones                                                                                            (dance:            mid 60s Cha-Cha)

10  Evelyn Haedrich-Hoermann (Opitz) & Bernd Hoermann                          (dance:            1962 Square Rumba)

11  Rudi Trautz & Nina Trautz                                                                                    (dance:            1968   Cha-cha-Cha)

12  Jurij Batagelj & Jagoda Strukelj  (Mick and Lorna impersonation)         (dance: 1972        Paso Doble)

13  Maurizio Veskovo & Andra Vaidilaite  (Alan & Hazel impersonation)    (dance: 1981   Jive)

14  Kenny & Marion Welsh                                                                                          (dance:              mid 80s Tango)

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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