Paper Moon is a family-owned Ballroom Dance Studio based in Merrimack, NH. We have been successfully teaching swing, Latin, and ballroom dance lessons in New Hampshire since May of 2003. Paper Moon Dance Center offers leveled instruction in all of the popular American style Ballroom Dances as well as International, Swing, and Club Dances.

Our friendly, experienced, professional dance instructors make your private lessons
or group classes enjoyable but challenging.

Maria Huard Papermoon Ballroom Instructor ChoreographerMaria Huard
 began ballroom dancing in 1995. While majoring in Drama at New York University, she became Captain of the NYU Ballroom Dance Team, where she studied under Richard and Bonnie Diaz. She moved to New England in 1998, where she studied with Inez Sahlin, Suzanne Hamby and Larinda McRaven. She first taught ballroom at DNE School of Dance in Chelmsford, MA and then went on to teach from her own Studio 44 in Auburn, NH. In 2005 she was a finalist at both the Yankee Classic and North American DanceSport Championships in the Professional Rising Star American Rhythm category, after only 10 weeks of training with her partner.

Maria opened Paper Moon Dance Center in June of 2003. Ray was one of the first teachers to join the staff. They began training together in American Smooth in January of 2009 and went on to become Professional Rising Star finalists at competitions throughout the Northeast.

Maria enjoys nurturing the talents of her students, whether they are fulfilling a lifelong dream, seeking new friends, satiating their need to perform, or looking for a fun way to get fit.  Under her direction, her students have excelled on the competitive floor, including taking the title of Yankee Classic 9-dance Best of the Best in 2014 and 2015.  She has become well-known for her choreography of Showcases and Formation Teams, which currently incorporate dancers ages 8-78.

Ray Huard Papermoon Ballroom InstructorRaymond Huard
 began ballroom dancing in 1997 and quickly discovered he had a natural flair for performing. He has studied at studios throughout New England, most notably with coaches Ian Folker, Ed Simon, Michael Ulbrich and Suzanne Hamby.

He specializes in American Smooth, American Rhythm and International Standard and has won the trust and affection of many students, who regularly place at or near the top of their events at Pro/Am competitions.

Ray began competing in the Professional Rising Star American Smooth category in September 2009 with his partner Maria Huard under the coaching of Larinda McRaven, and danced in the finals at competitions throughout the Northeast.