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Paul Harris is a leading choreographer, dance teacher and the author of 'Salsa and Merengue - The Essential Step by Step Guide', the difinitive Salsa instuctional book, which is endorsed by both the major teaching associations British dance industry and leading names in the UK Salsa community. He is also the author of the Merengue, Salsa and Mambo technique books of the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing), the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) and the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association).

Paul has appeared as a guest Salsa expert on 'GMTV', Granada Reports', 'Gloria Hunniford's Open House', '11th Hour' and Internationally on 'Keep on Dancing' (Philippines) and 'Easy Dancing' (Philippines). His status as a Latin dance teacher was fully acknowledged when he was the main coach on the 'Kick Boxer to Dancer' episode of the multi award winning 'Faking It', known for using only the very best practioners in their respective fields as the coaches.

He is the choreographer of major movies (including 'Harry Potter 5'), high profile television (including choreographing Salsa and Merengue for Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker in the BBC series 'My Family'). He has also choreographed critically acclaimed theatre and is the choreographer of International Dance Organisation's Official World Salsa Champions. Paul was also commissioned to choreograph Salsa based ballet for the Kyushu Ballet Festival in Japan entitled 'Cuban Suite', set to the music of Ernesto Lecuona, the famed Cuban Classical composer.

In 1999, Paul Harris contributed to the history of Salsa in the UK by establishing the Club Dance Division of the UKA. He invited Nelson Batista, Elder Sanchez, Xhiomara Granados and Ansell Chezan to become Honorary Fellows of the UKA in recognition of their work in Salsa. The formation of this committee was to facilitate Salsa teachers gaining a Professional teaching qualification in Salsa, with a recognised British Dance Council teachers organisation. This was the first time that Salsa had been recognised as a dance form in it's own right, by any of the official teaching associations in Britain.

Also in 1999, as part of the UKA's Salsa initiative, he organised the first ever official British Salsa Championships, recognised by the British Dance Council, the World Dance Council and the International Dance Organisation.
Paul has lectured in Salsa many times for most of the UK's main dance teaching associations
Although his area of expertise is very wide and covers all forms of Historical, 19th and 20th Century social Dance, Paul Harris is considered by the dance industry to be the leading authority on Salsa and it's related dance forms.


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