DarrenPaul

Darren was born and raised in the UK (hence, his great British accent)! He grew up in a military family where he was taught the importance of discipline and hard work. His upbringing has highly influenced his work ethic and clearly driven approach to both dancing and teaching. Darren began line dancing at age 14. His passion for Country Western dancing, combined with seeing a video of the famous Latin dancer Bryan Watson, inspired him to pursue his competitive goals and enter the world of partner dancing. Since then, he’s surrounded himself by some of the world’s most qualified, motivated dancers. Darren always strives for the best and works hard to achieve his goals; his dance accomplishments and polished technique are a true reflection of his constant discipline and ambition.

“In my lessons I strike a balance between the fun, entertaining guy my friends know, and the intense, serious about my artform dancer that I am. Fun and quality are both really important to me.”

After winning a United Country Western Dance Council World Championship in 2005 as an amateur, Darren decided it was time to pursue the professional track, and has been teaching at Go Dance since 2009. Darren combines technical prowess and fun when teaching his students. He is clear in his instruction, always patient, and will make sure his students really “get” the material. Darren enjoys seeing his students improve and isn’t afraid to approach dancing with light-hearted humor, honesty, professionalism, and drive.

Specialties: Competitive Country Dancing, West Coast Swing

Teaches: Two Step, Triple Two Step, Nightclub, Polka, Country Waltz, East Coast Swing, Social Swing, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Samba, Salsa, Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz

Locations: North Austin, South Austin

Private Lesson Tier: Senior Level Instructor

Competitive Titles:

1ST PLACE OVER ALL CHAMPIONS ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
LONESTAR INVITATIONAL 2011

2ND PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
ARKANSAS COUNTRY DANCE CLASSIC 2011

2ND PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS 2011

3RD PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
ACDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

1ST PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
LOUISIANNA HAYRIDE 2012

1ST PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
SHOW ME SHOWDOWN 2012

1ST PLACE OVERALL ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
WICHITA DANCE ROUNDUP 2012

2ND PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
NEW ORLEANS DANCE MARDI GRAS 2012

2ND PLACE ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
LONESTAR INVITATIONAL 2012

2ND PLACE ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
ARKANSAS COUNTRY DANCE CLASSIC 2012

1ST PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
NEW MEXICO DANCE FIESTA 2012

2ND PLACE ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS 2012

1ST PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
SOUTHERN NATIONALS 2012

2ND PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
DALLAS DANCE FESTIVAL 2012

2ND PLACE OPEN ACDA OPEN DIVISION 1
ACDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

1ST PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE 2012

2ND PLACE UCWDC OPEN DIVISION 1
UCWDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

LINE DANCE

1ST PLACE OVERALL UCWDC OPEN ADVANCED MALE
DALLAS DANCE FESTIVAL 2010

1ST PLACE OVER ALL CHAMPION UCWDC OPEN ADVANCED MALE
SUNSHINE STATE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

1ST PLACE OVER ALL CHAMPION UCWDC OPEN ADVANCED MALE
CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE 2010

2ND PLACE OVER ALL UCWDC OPEN ADVANCED MALE
UCWDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS