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Ashley Green and Nicola Weeks as Vernon and Irene Castle, choreographed by Paul Harris.

Paul Harris is one of the World's leading choreographers, dance instructors and Movement Directors and an acknowledged authority on the vintage dances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of the 19th and 20th Century Social Dance Syllabus for the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing (UKA) and has created dance courses for dance modules of both BA and MA courses in Acting for four London drama schools.

Paul has created vintage dances for film, television and theatre, ranging from the early style of Waltz of the Strauss era and other dances from this period such as Mazurka, Schottische, Polka and Galop, through to the 20th Century Waltz, the Tango and other early Latin dances such as the Square Rumba, as well as dances such as the Charleston, the Foxtrot and the various styles of Swing dance of the 1930's and 40's.

Two of the BBC drama series containing vintage dancing and choreographed by Paul Harris won  the BAFTA award for Best Drama Serial - 'Bleak House and 'The Way We Live Now' and many others including 'Little Dorrit', To The Ends of The Earth' and Jane Eyre, have also been highly acclaimed. Paul choreographed 'Poirot - The Mystery of The Blue Train', for which he choreographed a mid 20th Century waltz sequence for Jamie Murray and he has also created vintage dance choreography for Matthew MacFayden, Cillian Murphy, Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Olivia Wiliams. Most recently Paul choreographed 'Desperate Romantics', the new BBC drama set in the World of the Pre-Raephelite painters.

In the theatre, Paul has choreographed many productions containing vintage dance and was a guest dance consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company for their production of 'Two Gentlemen of verona', set in the 1930's. He is curretly working on a play in development about the life of Vernon and Irene Castle, two of the greatest pioneers of Social Dance in the early 20th Century.

Paul is the Artistic Director of London Theatre of Ballroom, Britains only Ballroom based theatre company, who debuted at the Cafe de Paris in 1996, where they enjoyed a critically acclaimed six month run. Since then, they have appeared in many of the UK's most prestigous venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Whitehall Palace and they continue to promote vintage dance through their performances around the country.



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