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Ballroom Basics provides classes and private instruction in Ballroom, Latin and Swing style of dances for Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors and Wedding Couples.

Paul Hughes started dancing when he was a pre-teen. He studied at Arthur Murray’s, Metro Dance Studio, Fred Astaire, Radler Hamby Ballroom Dance Studios, and Supershag. He has attended many coaching workshops and the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. He competed with his partner Judy Silverstein in American Smooth and Rhythm and International Standard and Latin American dances and won many awards. He is a certified member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston (DTCB), American Society of Teachers of Dance (ASTD) and National Dance Council of America (NDCA).

He has performed dance exhibitions as part of National Ballroom Dance Week, First Night Boston, New Year Needham and various nursing homes to help uplift the spirits of the residents. He performed in two couple formations with his identical twin brother Peter, while changing partners during the dances. See link to video of formation dance performance at Roseland Ballroom in Taunton, MA. Peter Paul Roseland Tango/VW Waltz Foxtrot

He won the Most Versatile Dancer Contest at the Stardust Dance Weekend in the Catskills in New York, showing his knowledge and ability in 37 types of dance styles.

Each year he has been teaching about 800 5th and 6th graders in a Kids Ballroom Dancing Program as part of the Physical Education Program in all 13 Cambridge Public Elementary Schools and in Ipswich for the past several years. He was recently featured in a segment on Chronicle on WCVB-TV about the Kids Ballroom Dancing Program using dance to teach social skills and etiquette using Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

He has taught dance at Mount Ida College, Needham & Stoughton YMCA, Canton, Cambridge, Medfield, Norwood and Belmont Senior Centers, Walpole and Westwood Recreation, Moseley's Ballroom in Dedham, Yarmouth Senior Center, Norwood & Needham Knights of Columbus, Wellesley-Weston Lifetime Learning, Beyond Adult Day Health Center and Brightview Independent Living in Canton and Brookhaven in Lexington. Boston Assemblies Kids Etiquette and Dance Program. Dance Time Studio in Canton.

His mission and passion in life is to offer something of value and meaning to others that will enhance and transform people's lives for the better through sharing the many positive physical, mental and social benefits of ballroom dancing.



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