What’s in a name? By David Outevsky

What’s in a name? A brief review of the validity and authenticity of Latin American dances’ names in ballroom dancing. David Outevsky MSc, PhD Candidate York University, Toronto (February 2013)   Ballroom ‘Latin’…


Perfect 10: The samba By Rachelle Stretch

The samba – notoriously the hardest of the Latin dances – captures the atmosphere of Rio’s carnival. It brings to mind street parties, with loud, infectious music, bright colours and scantily clad passistas in headdresses dancing through the night. But how relevant is this image to the samba danced in competitive ballrooms today?

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Perfect 10: The foxtrot By Rachelle Stretch

The slow foxtrot is known to be one of the hardest dances to perfect in the ballroom world, because of the difficulties in mastering the technique and the co-ordination required to give the dance its character. The dance has not had a simple history either – being influenced by several dance styles and undergoing a number of transformations.

The Rumberos de Cuba music and dance troupe

Perfect 10: The rumba By Alison Gallagher-Hughes

 This article first appeared in a series called Perfect 10 in Dance Today ( It’s a dance that has constantly evolved amidst a tussle of tradition, authenticity and innovation. Like most of its Latin brethren,…

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Written by Barry Gasson: Understanding Heel Turns

Understanding Heel Turns  At all levels of Ballroom Dancing I am constantly dismayed by the standard of Heel Turns that I see.  I do appreciate that the man must know how to lead…


The production of quality tango, by Barry Gasson

  The tango stance   To create a broad idea as to an idealistic stance one must consider the feet being offset approximately 45 degrees to left of body alignment, as distinct from…

John Wells and Renee Sissons

World Amateur Ballroom Championship 1939 in Munich, a short video clip

Winners were John Wells (Elsa Wells’ brother) with Renee Sissons. They won it for the sixth time in a row (they also won Blackpool five times and were second once …1932-1937). Next were…


Viennese Waltz – PLEASE use the right music! From Michael Herdlitzka

In all (good) dancing, the character of the music will influence the performance of the dancers significantly. The “true” character of each of the ten dances is given by definition of our technique books and the tradition of teaching and performing. Therefore the use of music displaying the characteristic values of the dance concerned is essential.


Music, Speed and Story: Paso Doble By Michael Herdlitzka

By Michael Herdlitzka Quality of movement can be evaluated by the factors “contents” and “form”. Form describes how a movement looks like. Often in arts and also some sports there are rules or…


From Ragtime to Swing By Brigitt Mayer Karakis

A look at the development of Swing from its early roots in Ragtime and through the Charleston and other dances.

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