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Paul Harris is a leading choreographer, dance teacher and movement director who's most high profile choreography to date, is probably the laser scenes for Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Hollywood blockbuster 'Entrapment' and the wand combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for which he devised the physical language for the use of the wand. He has coached and choreographed for Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winning actors including: Sean Connery, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham-Carter, Zoe Wannamaker, Charles Dance, Sam Neill and Paul has choreographed many times In both television and theatre for Tony award winning actor Robert Lindsay. Other film credits include: The Other Boleyn Girl, Inkheart, Mister Lonely, The Tichborne Claimant and the Disney movie musical Cheetah Girls 2, directed by Keny Ortega.

Extensive television credits include the BAFTA winning Bleak House and The Way We Live Now, as well as Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Miss Austen Regrets, Jane Eyre, South Riding, Desperate Romantics, The Sins and My Family all for the BBC, as well as Lost in Austen, Poirot, A Touch of Frost, William and Mary and The Quest 2, all for the ITV. Paul has recently completed choreographing Da Vinci's Demons, a major new series for Starz network America, directed by David S Goyer.

In the theatre he was the Choreographer and Movement Director on the hit 50th anniversary production of 'The Entertainer' at the Old Vic and the movement coach on 'Gaslight' also at the Old Vic. He choreographed 'Liberty' at Shakespeares Globe Theatre and he was a guest dance tutor on 'Two Gentleman of Verona' for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other theatre credits include 'Flight of the Swan' at The Royal Opera House, 'A Family Affair' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' for the Theatre Royal, Bath, the Uk National Tour of 'Wallflowering', 'Dancing at Lughanasa', 'David Copperfield', 'Erpingham Camp', 'Mill on the Floss', 'The Rivals', 'As You Like It', 'The American Clock', 'Picnic' and 'Comic Potential'. Most recently Paul choreographed 'Romeo and Juliet' for the Oxford Shakespeare Company.

As a dance teacher, Paul was the main Mentor in the 'Kick Boxer to Ballroom Dancer' episode of the multi award winning 'Faking It'. He is an Actors Centre dance tutor and has devised dance courses for, and taught at, ALRA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Italia Conti. He has coached and choreographed for World Champions in Showdance, Ballroom Dancing, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Latin American dancing and has taught several of the Profesional Dancers on 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Strictly Dance Fever'.

He is the author of 'Salsa and Merengue - The Essential Step by Step Guide' and the standard technique book for study for Professional examinations in Merengue, Salsa and Mambo for three British Dance Council teaching organisations. He also wrote the course guide for BA (hons) Acting in both 19th Century Social Dance & 20th Century Social Dance for the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing) - of which he is a Fellow and Examiner and he is currently co-founding a new Historical Dance faculty for the UKA. This broad area of expertise has made Paul Harris a leading choreographer in Historical Dance, Tango, Period Dance, Salsa, Swing Dance, Ballroom and Latin American.


Paul's work is a natural combination of his two backgrounds. He studied acting at drama school himself and on graduating worked extensively in theatre and television including national tours of three West End productions. Prior to this, Paul was the UK, West European and International Champion in both Ballroom and Latin American Dancing as well as studying Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap.