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Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain? By Christopher Bergland

Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice. Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance…

cuba cast

Cuban Experience # 1 By Brigitt Mayer

Here’s my take on this beautiful experience, as it appeared in Dance Beat May 2014 Download here: Cuban Experience I Dance Beat May 2014

Bobby Medeiros & Rita Moreno 1981

Who was Robert (Bobby) M. Medeiros

Excerpts from Ballroom Icons    © Brigitt Mayer-Karakis England, beset with etiquette tenets and rules of conduct, and the U.S., the land of freedom of expression, each developed completely different Latin dance styles between…

Josephine Bradley and Elsa Wells 1977 copy

Videoclip of the introduction of the jive in the UK

This is a real gem! Jo (Josephine) Bradley introducing the jive on tv in the UK. For more information on the developement of the dance and its roots also see the article “From…


Who was Alex Moore MBE? By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Alex Moore possessed talents that made him known as “the Pope of ballroom dancing.” A great communicator with an analytical mind and photographic memory, he used those skills to analyze movement, put his findings on paper and communicate them to the dance-world in his monthly newsletter, Monthly Letter Service (MLS).

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 (www.dance-today.co.uk) It’s a dance that has constantly evolved amidst a tussle of tradition, authenticity and innovation. Like most of its Latin brethren,…

Wolgang Opitz in one of the first cat suits 1970

Wolfgang and Evelyn Opitz in a segue show 1971, the early disco era By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Here you can see how the beat and disco era influenced the movements of the Latin dances. Also if you look at the feature image of the post, you see Wolfgang in one…


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.

Vernon and Irene Castle

The Impact of Vernon and Irene Castle By Brigitt Mayer-Karakis

Vernon and Irene Castle were the first big international exponents of “modern dancing.” They were instrumental in launching the ballroom dance “craze” of the 1920s, taught private lessons and appeared at fashionable parties.

Victor Silvester Orchestra

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

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…

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