History of Modern Ballroom
Under the chairmanship of Josephine Bradley, MBE (1893–1985) this was achieved and the resulting analysis formed the basis of the technique to which we still adhere. Miss Bradley served as Chairman of the Ballroom Branch until 1947 and in 1966 she received the Society’s Imperial Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the English style of Ballroom Dancing. In her memory, the Josephine Bradley Award still forms part of the Faculty’s medal test system.
The Modern Ballroom Faculty Committee continues to develop and expand the range of work that we offer to our teachers. For example, in 2010 the Viennese waltz was fully accepted as the Faculty’s ‘fifth dance’. The technique had been revised by the British Dance Council in 2001 and it is now a welcome addition to medal tests and competitions. Another recent addition is the American Smooth, which became popular after being featured in the highly successful television series, Strictly Come Dancing, discussed below. Following several lectures at congresses by American experts in this field, a syllabus was created, and this attractive dance form is now acceptable in our medal test system and has become a popular wedding dance.