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Paul Harris is one of the most prolific choreographers of period dramas in film, television and theatre of the last decade. In addition to movies such as 'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Inkheart' and 'The Tichborne Claimant', Paul has choreographed two BAFTA winning and two BAFTA nominated period drama television series - as well as many others.

He choreographed both of the BBC's landmark 'soap style' period dramas 'Bleak House' and 'Little Dorrit', ITV's critically acclaimed twist on the Jane Austen classic 'Lost In Austen', as well as 'Sense and Sensibilty', 'Emma', 'Miss Austen Regrets', 'Jane Eyre', 'Desperate Romantics', 'To The Ends of The Earth' and 'The Way we Live Now'.
In the theatre, Paul has choreographed plays at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, The Old Vic, for the Oxford Shakespeare Company and he was a guest dance instructor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His theatre credits for plays containing Historical or Period Dance include 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Liberty', 'Two Gentlemen of Verona', 'Mill on The Floss', 'David Copperfield', 'The Rivals', 'As You Like It' and many more.

Paul Harris has created choreography in Historical or Period Dance for some of the most famous actors in the World including Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Matthew MacFayden, Charles Dance, Sam Niell, Cillian Murphy, Johhny Lee Miller and Romola Garai.
Paul is the author of the syllabus in 19th and 20th Century Social Dance, for the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing which is used as the basis of the dance module in 4 London drama schools and he is currently co-developing a new Historical Dance faculty for the UKA, which will again be introduced to drama schools.
Paul Harris has studied social dances from all periods of History and has choreographed major works for either film, television or theatre incorporating Farandol, Pavane, Galliard, Gavotte, Quadrille, Square Round and Long Set English Country, 19th Century Waltz, Mazurka, Polka and Schottische.



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