Wednesday, June 08, 2011

PR: Ballroom Icons, A Journey through the Lives of Dancers, Doers and Devotees of the Ballroom World

Award-winning limited luxury edition showcases the passionate men and women responsible for ballroom dancing's longevity and resurgent popularity

"[Ballroom Icons is] richly illustrated with unique history and photographs of extraordinary personalities that resonate the culture and values of dance and its divine beginnings. It is the perfect compliment to the grace and beauty of the dance world that has and will continue to inspire every generation." ~ Sophie Drinnan

If you want to dance with the "real" stars of ballroom dancing, look no further than Brigitt Mayer-Karakis' new award-winning, exquisitely crafted book Ballroom Icons, A Journey through the Lives of Dancers, Doers and Devotees of the Ballroom World.

Carefully designed in every detail, this recipient of the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Award features the following:

* an elegant gray hard-shell slipcase imprinted with the title of the book on the front and spine
* high-quality acid-free archival paper to ensure the paper remains soft and pure white as it ages
* onion-skin flyleaf inserts featuring memorable dance quotes
* random 8x10 limited edition photographic plates of key icons photographed by German master photographer U. H. Mayer
* a center foldout panel featuring photographs of the icons in action and the signatures of forty-six icons
* two different sections of historical notes offering insight into the development of ballroom dancing and the many challenges it faced through years of war and at other times
* pages of commentary by today's top champions

Brigitt comments, "Ballroom dancing has its roots in the first decade of the twentieth century and its nature is perennial. I created Ballroom Icons to become a lasting legacy as important and influential as the people featured within its pages."

Only 2,500 limited luxury editions were produced, each one individually numbered. For more information or to contact the author for media commentary, email or visit

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Author: Brigitt Mayer-Karakis was born in Germany and began ballroom dancing at age sixteen. She became a professional ballroom dancer in 1988 and subsequently was a World Open Exhibition Championship runner up. A highly commended member of the Canadian Dancers Federation and the British Dancers Federation International, she is a World Championship judge and is affiliated with Arthur Murray International, Inc. To read her complete bio, visit


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