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Movie Night & Care Package Creating!
Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 6-9pm at the studio, for an evening of fun and making the world a better place! At 6pm we’ll assemble some packages for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy – thanks to Sarah Bishop for this great idea, which we did once before. The care packages were received with extremely grateful arms (and she’s been asked when we can do them again!). vAt 7pm we’ll be viewing “Shall We Dance?” (starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez & Susan Sarandon) on the big projector screen! Snacks & soft drinks provided! There is NO cost, but it would be super helpful if you could bring multiples of a small item to add to the care packages! You can bring as many or as few of the item as you like – not all of the packages will be the same. Please feel free to invite friends!!! RSVP to and let us know what you’ll be bringing so we can get a nice variety of care package items! Some great ideas are:

Gifts to Wear: fuzzy socks or slippers, blanket, cozy sweater, colorful & comfy hats or scarves, eye mask, ear plugs, Silk or fleece pillowcase, neck pillow, pajamas or comfortable loungewear.

Gifts for Body: dry mouth oral rinse or spray, gentle lotion or soap for sensitive skin, lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues, water bottles, citrus hard candies or ginger chews, caffeine-free tea bags like peppermint, chamomile, ginger & lemon, travel mug, straws, icy cool towel, acupressure wrist bands, unscented wet wipes.

Gift of Entertainment: iTunes gift card, magazines, puzzle books like sudoku, journals, special pens, light-hearted reading like a romance novel or book of cartoons, spiritual memoir book, pretty note cards, stamps.

Happy Independence Day!
We will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4. Enjoy the holiday!
Moonies Competing in Cambridge!
Come and cheer on the Moonies competing at the Yankee Classic: Addison with Ray on Thursday morning; Barbara & Marty on Friday morning; and the Waltz Formation Team on Friday evening! Details at!
Formation Update!
We are going to be doing ONE Formation, 7:30-9pm every Sunday, starting June 23. It is going to be a Bronze 2 Formation based on the Chimney Sweeps from Mary Poppins, with males and females dressed alike. We will be dancing to “Under Pressure” by Queen, a combination of Jazz, Cha Cha, Hustle and West Coast Swing. Some folks will have to miss a few rehearsals; please send ALL of your conflicts to me now, and I will coordinate them and plan NOT to have a rehearsal if a few people are missing the same day. I will be available for private lessons from 6:45-7:30pm to work with anyone who needs it, and if you use this lesson to work on the Formation, I’ll be glad to give it to you for just $70/lesson! PERFORMANCES will be Sat 10/19 evening at NHABDA, Fri 10/25 evening at PaperMoon, and Sat 11/2 morning at the Commonwealth Classic. I will run the Formation no matter how many (or few) want to do it, if we can price it accordingly. Here is the cost breakdown (and it would be pro-rated for months with more or less than 4 rehearsals):
16 or more people – $50/month
14 people – $55/month
12 people – $64/month
10 people – $77/month
8 people – $96/month
[Plus one-time $200pp costume fee – I will refund whatever we don’t end up using!] We already have a hard YES from Dara, David, Kathryn, Mel, Monica, Phaedra, Sarah & Web! Everyone else, please chime in so I know you’re on board! And feel free to pressure – I mean chat this up – to anyone else you think might be willing to jump in! Please RSVP NO LATER THAN Sunday, June 9!
Foxtrot Social Patterns!
Rock turns and twinkles and chasses, oh my! Hope to see you June 10, 17 & 24 for my fabulous Foxtrot Social Patterns classes! I’ll show you how to put fun and exciting figures together to dance all the way around the floor! Bronze at 7:30pm, Silver at 8:15pm – $15pp/week for one class, $25pp/week if you stay for both!
Dance With Us at Greeley Park on June 1!
Join us for Opening Day at Greeley Park in Nashua on June 1! PaperMoon will be performing onstage from 11:35am-11:55am – showcases by Kathryn & Virginia, and then Social Dancing by any Moonies that can make it! Dress as you would for a social dance, just bring your shoes with you to change into right before you get onstage! We’d love to have you share this fun morning with us! Let me know at if you can be there! Then, on June 1 in the evening, PaperMoon will be providing the 7pm lesson and 9pm showcases at the K&S Social Dance! The event will be held at the MacKenzie Center, 1337 Centre Street, Newton, MA. Admission is $15pp, payable at the door. Hope you can join us!
PaperMoon at K&S Social Dance on June 1!
On June 1 in the evening, PaperMoon will be providing the 7pm ChaCha lesson and 9pm showcases at the K&S Social Dance! The event will be held at the MacKenzie Center, 1337 Centre Street, Newton, MA. Admission is $15pp, payable at the door. Hope you can join us!
Moonies at the Yankee CLassic on June 14!
Best of luck to the Moonies competing at the Yankee Classic in Cambridge, MA on Friday, June 14: Addison, Barbara, Dick, Ed, Marty, Paul & the whole Waltz Formation Team! We’d love to have you attend and cheer them on – see for details! Interested in trying your hand (or foot) at competition? The next one is the DBDC in Boston on July 27 – see Maria, Ray or Cathy for details! There’s an age level and proficiency category for everyone!
New Formations Start June 23!
The next Formations are beginning on Sunday, June 23! From 6:45-8:15pm we’ll be doing a Beginner Cha Cha / Swing Formation to “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor and “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel – girls will be in schoolgirl outfits, chastising the “cool” guys for their bad manners; then guys will get ladies to loosen up and have some fun!!! From 8:15-9:45pm we’ll be doing a Bronze 2 Formation that is a Jazz routine inspired by the chimney sweeps of Mary Poppins with a bit of West Coast, Cha Cha and Hustle, possibly to “Under Pressure” by Queen. Performances for both Formations will be Sat 10/19 evening at NHABDA, Fri 10/25 evening at PaperMoon, and Sat 11/2 morning at the Commonwealth Classic. The cost for each Formation is $50pp/month plus a one-time $200 costume fee. If you’re interested in either or both, please let Maria know by June 2!
Beginner Milonga Series Starts June 2!
Ray will be offering a Beginner Milonga Class on Sundays at 2:15pm from June 2-30! Milonga is Argentine Tango’s more humorous and rustic cousin, incorporating the same basic elements but permitting a greater relaxation of the legs and body, with faster movements and fewer pauses. $50pp for 5 weeks – come and check it out!
16th Anniversary Moon & Stars Social!
Happy 16th Anniversary, PaperMoon! Hope you’ll join us on Saturday, June 8 as we celebrate with our Moon & Stars theme! 33 Depot Street (in the Riverside Business Park), Merrimack, NH 03054. Choice of Beginner Waltz or Intermediate West Coast at 7:15pm, Dancing 8-10:30pm, with games, prizes, performances, yearly awards, mixers, line dances and dancing, dancing, dancing! $15pp for the evening – merriment at TGI Friday’s to follow! [Note: for June, July & August, we will only be doing ONE social per month (the 2nd Saturday for June & July, the 3rd Saturday for August) – don’t miss this one because you’ll have to wait for July 13 for the next one!]. Check us out online at Thank you for 16 absolutely wonderful years!!!
Intro to Samba class!
Come and demystify this fabulous dance! No previous experience necessary! You WILL be able to dance Samba at your next social with a variety of figures & look great doing it! 5 Weeks: Tue Apr 2-30, $50pp.
Bacon-Wrapped Social April 13!
Get ready to pull out all the stops on April 13 for our BACON-WRAPPED SOCIAL! PaperMoon Bakers came out with some incredible pies back in November – now barbecue season is upon us and we want to see the best party food you can come up with that has BACON as one of its ingredients! Prizes to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners, chosen by popular vote! Bacon Treats for All!!! 7:15pm Choice of Beginner Salsa or Intermediate Foxtrot; 8-10:30pm Dancing; Social Dance Judge Treats 8-8:45pm; Prizes Awarded at 9pm! $15pp for the whole evening! **If you are entering a Bacon Treat, you MUST let me know your name and the name of your treat no later than April 10! Email me at!
Social Patterns January 7!
Do you know how to do Crossover Breaks and Cross Body Lead in Cha Cha? Then YOU belong in the Bronze Social Patterns class on Monday night, January 7 at 7:30pm! Know how to do lock steps, swivels and Cuban Motion? Then you should be staying for the Silver Social Patterns class at 8:15pm! Just $15pp per class, or if you take both it’s just $25pp! Hope to see you there!!!
NH Chronicle!
Check out our full feature story on NH Chronicle at!
Black & White Social!
Sat Jan 12 – next social – Black & White Theme!
New Technique & Style Class!
Tue Jan 8 – Technique & Style Class (4 wks) – $15 per week or prepay $50 for all 4 weeks – We’ll cover technique and styling in both Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, etc.) and Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, etc.) – spins and turns, arm styling, Cuban motion, and much more! This is a great opportunity to bring your dancing to the next level!
PaperMoon Featured on NH Chronicle!
Watch NH Chronicle (channel 9) at 7pm on Dec 31 – PaperMoon is the feature story! Then we’ll be on in little snippets during the shows on the next 3 days as well!
Studio Closings
The studio will be closed Monday & Tuesday both this week and next (Dec 24/25 and Dec 31/Jan 1)
Holiday Potluck Open House at Maria & Ray's!
Mark your calendar for Fri 12.28 from 6-10pm! Feel free to stop by our house (see me if you don’t know where we live!) anytime during those hours – bring a small snack to share and be ready for a good holiday time! Hope you will share the celebration with us!
Party Dance Class Dec 18!
Ever go to a wedding or party, and everyone is dancing freestyle in little clusters of people, and you feel awkward and lost, just wishing the DJ would put on a Cha Cha so you’d know what to do? Now you can feel great doing Ballroom AND Freestyle! Come to Maria’s Party Dance Class on Tue Dec 18 from 9-9:45pm and walk out armed with a few simple, cool moves for those times you need to dance solo – you’ll feel like a million bucks! Just $15pp for a great time – and great hope for your next party!
Jingle Ball on Dec 15!
We’ve already got a group of 16 Moonies headed to the Jingle Ball at the Birch Wood Vineyards Event Center in Derry, NH on Sat, Dec 15 from 6-11pm, who else wants to join us? $65PP Includes: Cocktail Hour with Assorted Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Four-Course Dinner Service, and Dancing until 11:00pm. Visit for more details and to register, and make sure you tell them you want to sit with the Rick & Marty Riley group! Looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you at this beautiful dinner Dance!
Pie Contest is a Win!
Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who entered our Nov 10 pie contest! We all enjoyed a fabulous feast and now we have $55 to donate directly to Café 1269! Hooray for Eileen Morin, Kathryn Wolcott & Richard LeClaire, who had the 3 winning pies!!!
Awesome 80s Social Dance!
Get ready – it’s coming up on Saturday, December 8th! Pull out your neon leg warmers, shiny punk jewelry and big hair, and get ready to dance to some iconic tunes! Prizes for the best-dressed lady and gent!
Curious about competition?
Check out these FAQs at: and then hit me up for more information! This could (and should) be you!!!
Mamma Mia!
Our field trip to “Pippin” was AMAZING – we’re already making plans to see the next Actorsingers’ show! We’re going to Mamma Mia! on Sat May 4 at 8pm, and many seats have already been sold! The cost (with our Pippin discount) is $17.25 per ticket – please let me know if you’d like to join us (and pay for your ticket) NO LATER THAN Fri Nov 3, and I’ll get our group the best seats I can! “A daughter’s dream…a mother’s secret. Told through the timeless songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia is a fabulous, funny, feel-good musical that warms the heart. Packed with over 20 of ABBA’s hits, come join the Actorsingers and have the time of your life with a show that celebrates friendship and love. Smile through “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, Super Trouper”, The Winner Takes All” and more as you follow the antics of a young bride-to-be in search of her father. Audiences will be shouting “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme” more!”
All-Styles Showdown, Sat Oct 27 at High Noon!
Come to the studio on Sat, Oct 27 from 12-2pm to see dancers from 4 different studios (including our own!) compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Just $5 to get in! Come support your fellow Moonies as they take to the floor: Fred & Cathy with a Foxtrot/Quickstep Mashup, Web & Monica with a Hustle, and the Youth Team with a Broadway/Swing Mashup! It’s sure to be an afternoon full of talent and excitement!
Field Trip: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms!
Anyone want to join us for the 4:30pm showing of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ( at the Merrimack Cinemagic on Sat, Nov 3? Tickets are $10.25 for adults and $8.95 for children – let me know (and pay please:)) BY THIS FRIDAY (Oct 26) how many tickets your family would like and I’ll reserve them for us all together! Looking forward to sharing a fun afternoon with you!!!
Get Ready to Feel Fantastic!
PaperMoon is thrilled to announce that Marja-liisa Kupiainen is again offering her amazing physical therapy services right at the studio! Do you have shoulder discomfort? Sore dancer’s ankles? Pain in your knees, back or neck? Marja-liisa can help! Note: in cases of serious injuries, please consult your doctor for X-rays and/or MRIs first. Marja-liisa has already begun booking appointments! She is available at PaperMoon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm onwards, as well as on weekends. Call Marja-liisa directly at (603) 493-4132 or email her at to book your appointment! Cost: $100 per 1-hour session, or 6 sessions for $480. Read more about Marja-Liisa below!
Marja-Liisa Kupiainen, PT, DPT
In 1988 Marja-Liisa received her Certificate of Physiotherapy from a State College for Health Care Professionals in Finland. Since moving to the USA in 1991, she has been working in various health care based and private practice clinics, primarily treating orthopedic, musculoskeletal injuries/conditions. In 2011 Marja-Liisa earned her DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degree from Franklin Pierce University. During her 26+ year career she has become familiar with treating a multitude of musculoskeletal impairments that are caused by muscle weakness and altered joint movement patterns.
In her earlier years Marja-Liisa was an avid ballroom dancer, and still continues to enjoy dancing as a leisure activity. Her understanding of anatomy and body movement, as well as her experience as a healthcare professional, enables her to offer you an opportunity to have a consultation and to be treated conveniently at PaperMoon Dance Center.
You may contact her directly by phone at 603-493-4132, or email her at You deserve to be pain-free!
Happy Birthday, Maria!
Hello, dear friends! I’m turning 42 on Oct 31 (yikes!) and this year I’d like to ask for a present! Will you please bring to the studio a new or gently used coat, sweatshirt, or pair of jeans, or a package of new socks, to donate to the Café 1269 soup kitchen or Families in Transition? There is a dire need for these items as the weather gets colder! You can bring your item(s) to the Oct 26 Halloween Social (or anytime from now through Nov 2) – the only gift wrap needed is your loving arms!!! Thank you!!!
PaperMoon Fleece Sweatshirts!
New PaperMoon-wear for sale! We are ordering beautiful combed/cotton poly/fleece sweatshirts! Pictured below (men’s pictured in black, ladies’ pictured in red, youth pictured in maroon). All sweatshirts will be black, with white and blue logos. Men’s and ladies’ are 1/4-zip, youth sweatshirts are hoodies. Your name will be embroidered on the right chest, with logos on the left chest and full back, just like the jackets! Just $55 for men’s and ladies’, $50 for youth. Let me know by Oct 31 if you’d like one!!!
Rumba Social Patterns Oct 22 & 29!
Hey guys! Come to my Social Patterns classes on Monday night! I’ll show you how easy it is to put the steps you’ve been learning in group classes into great-looking, fun-to-dance patterns that will have you feeling like a million bucks at the next social! Bronze Patterns at 7:30pm, Silver Patterns at 8:15pm. We’ll be doing RUMBA on Oct 22 & 29 – hope to see you there!
Personalized Embroidered Jackets!
This just in! They’ve upgraded our old jacket style and they’re now LESS EXPENSIVE! Just $65 for adults and $55 for youth! Now available in ELEVEN colors! Still with name embroidered on right chest, small logo on left chest and full logo on back! Check out… for sizing guide and color choices. If you’d like one, please give me your size, name you’d like embroidered on it, and payment by Wednesday, Oct 31! Turnaround time is about 2 weeks. This is “–a reliable soft shell at a real value. This go-to basic sheds wind and rain. 100% polyester woven shell bonded to a water-resistant film insert and a 100% polyester microfleece lining. 92/8 poly/spandex woven shell bonded to a water-resistant film insert and a 100% polyester microfleece lining (Heathers). 1000MM fabric waterproof rating. 1000G/M2 fabric breathability rating. Zip-through cadet collar with chin guard. Reverse coil zippers. Front zippered pockets. Open cuffs and hem. Care Instructions: Machine wash cold with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry medium. Cool iron if necessary.” Show your Moonie pride!!!
Clash Dance Party!
Friday, November 23rd! Wear your craziest mis-matched patterns and colors and come dance off your Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie! 7:15pm Drop-in Class: Choice of Beginner Rumba or Intermediate Quickstep, Dancing 8-10:30pm, Games, Laughter, Dancing and Prizes for the Clashiest Costume!
Pie Contest!
At the Saturday, Nov 10 social! $5 to enter your pie! Pies will be judged on attractiveness, aroma, flavor, consistency, and overall appeal. Prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place pies! All proceeds from entry fees will go to benefit Café 1269, the Soup Kitchen in Manchester, NH! Email NO LATER THAN Saturday, October 27 to confirm that you will be participating! Pies must be brought to PaperMoon for display by 7:45pm on November 10. Judging begins at 8pm, winners announced at 8:30pm! Pie for everyone – YUM!!!
Salsa Rueda!
Come and learn this fun Salsa Circle Dance! Mondays, Nov 5 & 12, 7:30-9pm. $50pp for both sessions! Have a blast at any social dance where at least 3 couples know how to do this! It’s the Latin challenge to square dancing! Pre-Requisite: Salsa Basic, Cross Body Lead, Lady’s Underarm Turn.
Youth Dance Team Starting Nov 6!
LoLo Dzama!
Samba & African Dance Mashup!
Tuesdays 5-6pm
November 6 – February 12, 2018
(no practice Nov 20, Dec 25 or Jan 1)
Girls & Boys ages 10-15, no experience necessary!
This cost is $205 per person and includes all rehearsals,
costumes and a PaperMoon duffel bag!
Performances will be:
• Sat Eve Feb 9 at PaperMoon’s Valentine Social (Merrimack),
• Sat Aft Feb 16 at the Eastern U.S. Championships (Boston)
• Sat Eve Feb 16 at the NHABDA social (Derry)
Register by October 30!
Grow the Tree!
Will You Help Grow the Moonie Family Tree? There is a pile of business cards on the studio bookcase – each one can be used by a new student for a FREE private lesson and a FREE 4-week group class! If each of our students gave ONE card out to the person they thought was most likely to use it, our tree could grow a whole new bough! We’d be able to make the studio even more comfortable and beautiful, and offer lots of fantastic new programs! Feel free to take as many cards as you think you can give away. Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word about PaperMoon!!!
Haunted Overload!
Moonie Halloween Outing! Join us at Haunted Overload on Saturday, October 27th at 6:30pm! $26pp for “astounding handmade sets, gigantic monsters and spellbinding characters with spectacular sound and lighting [that] create a twisted, terrifying Halloween experience like no other. It has been voted one of the top 20 most influential haunted attractions of all time by HauntWorld magazine.” Located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way (on Route 155) in Lee, NH. Tickets must be purchased online ahead of time at We’ll follow it up with some food and drink at Mei Wei Japanese Restaurant, 7 Mill Rd, Durham, NH (8 minutes from Haunted Overload). Please email your RSVP to NO LATER THAN Oct 20 so I can make our restaurant reservation!
Halloween Social - Oct 26!
It’ll be a frighteningly good time at our Halloween Social on Friday, Oct 26! Costume Contest, Thriller Line Dance, stellar performances by some Dynamic Duos and our Youth Team, & lots of spooky treats! Group Class at 7:15pm, Party 8-10:30pm!
German Oktoberfest - Oct 13!
Join us for German Oktoberfest Social! Saturday, Oct 13! Carnival Games, German Line Dance & Lots of Ballroom Dancing! BYOB! Group Class at 7:15pm, Party 8-10:30pm, Pizzeria Uno’s to follow!
"Around the World" Social Dance!
Please join us for this special event on Friday, Sep. 21! Wear traditional clothing from another country and get ready for some delicious ethnic food, games, prizes, a raffle and lots of dancing!
Moonie Outing!
Friday, Nov 9 at 8pm, come see the Actorsingers’ production of Pippin! Adults: $20, Seniors/Students: $18. Get your payments to me (please pay by cash or make checks out to Maria Huard) by Mon, Sep 17 if you’d like to come, so we can all sit together! If you miss the 17th you can still get tickets at “Pippin draws us into an adventure of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Searching for the meaning of his life, will he settle down and pursue a peaceful existence or make magic with the dazzling troupe of performers, let by a charismatic narrator?” We have seen several shows by this group and they have all been fabulous! Hope you’ll join us for a fun night out!
Special Socials: Sat Sep 8 and Fri Sep 21!
Saturday, Sep 8 is our Guest Party social – bring a friend who’s new to PaperMoon and you’ll both get in for free! Better yet, drag a friend from group class who’s been too shy to come to a social – they’re an easy target since they’ve already walked through the door, heh heh heh – they’ll earn free admission for both of you as well! It’s an ANIMAL theme so jump into some leopard print, tiger stripes or kitty ears and join us for a super fun evening! Then, during the 4th weekend of September, we’ll be doing our social on FRIDAY Sep. 21 (INSTEAD of Sat Sep 22) and the theme is “Around the World” – wear something that represents another nation and get ready for some fabulous food, fun dancing and giggle-full games! We’ll be giving away raffle prizes on BOTH nights! Be there!
Waltz Formation Begins Sep 5!
Join Ray’s Waltz Formation, Wednesdays from 8:15-9:45pm, Sep 5 through Feb 13! Performances Feb 9 & 16! $50pp/month + $200 costume fee. Sign up by Aug 29!
Waltz Formation Begins Sep 5!
Join Ray’s Waltz Formation, Wednesdays from 8:15-9:45pm, Sep 5 through Feb 13! Performances Feb 9 & 16! $50pp/month + $200 costume fee. Sign up by Aug 29!
Youth Dance Team!
You Can’t Stop the Beat!
Broadway & Swing Dance Mashup!
Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm
September 4 – October 30, 2018
Girls & Boys ages 10-15, no experience necessary!
This cost is $165 per person and includes all rehearsals,
costumes and a PaperMoon duffel bag!
Performances will be:
• Fri Eve Oct 26 at PaperMoon’s Halloween Social,
• Sat Aft Oct 27 at the All-Styles Dance Showdown,
• Sat Aft Nov 3 at the Commonwealth Classic (Burlington, MA)
Register by August 28!
33 Depot Street, in the Riverside Business Park * Merrimack, NH 03054 * (603) 943-1106 *
All-Styles Dance Showdown!
Think you have what it takes to
out-dance anyone in New Hampshire?
Come and prove it!
All-Styles Dance Showdown!
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12pm
Ballet – Ballroom – Broadway – Contemporary – Hip-Hop – Jazz – Latin – Lyrical – Swing – Traditional Cultural …and more! Solos, Pairs and Group Numbers Welcome!
1st Prize: $100 * 2nd Prize: $50 * 3rd Prize: $25
Entry Fee: $25 per act (does not include admission to the event) Admission: $5 per person (performers and audience members)
Registration deadline: Oct 13
Location: PaperMoon Dance Center, 33 Depot Street (in the Riverside Business Park), Merrimack, NH,
(603) 943-1106,
You will be judged by 5 Dance Professionals from the area, on the following criteria:
Choreography: Did your movements fit the music you chose? Was your dancing interesting and unique?
Performance: Was your energy level high, and were your face and body expressive? Did you reach out to us, and hold our attention?
Presentation: Did you represent yourself positively, taking care regarding costume, grooming, introduction of yourself, and entering and exiting the dance floor? Were you well-rehearsed?
Technique: Did your body show muscular control, flexibility and discipline?
Entries not to exceed 3 minutes. Drop off music to PaperMoon by Oct 13. No tap or clog numbers allowed (unless you provide a piece of wood with a soft bottom that you will stay on while wearing your tap/clog shoes). Minimal props are allowed.
You will receive your performance time via email on Oct 20. Please arrive no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled time; you will have use of a shared dressing room (one room for ladies, one for gents). Please detach registration form and mail to Maria Huard, 11 Elder Williams Road, Bedford, NH 03110, along with your check for $25 entry fee + $5/person for each member of your team.
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Name(s) of Performers (may list more on back of form if needed): _____________________________________
Main Contact Person: _________________________________________ Check #: ________________
Phone Number: __________________________________ Email: _________________________________________
Dance Style: ______________________________ Song Name: ___________________________________________
Studio Affiliation (if any): ___________________________________________________
Welcome to the Staff, Cathy Walter!
Ray and I are THRILLED to welcome Cathy Walter to the PaperMoon staff! Cathy has been dancing with PaperMoon since she was a pre-teen, and has soaked up technique, patterns, and love of dance every year since! She is an immensely talented dancer with many years of dance experience and we couldn’t be happier that she has now become a teacher in our family! Cathy will be available for private and semi-private lessons beginning Monday, September 3rd, on Sundays from 11:15am-3pm, Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 6-9:45pm, Thursdays from 9am-12:45pm, Fridays from 5:15-9:45pm, and Saturdays from 2-7:15pm. Please join us in a cheer of enthusiasm for Cathy as she begins this wonderful new adventure with us!
Reduced Price for July Passes!
Since the studio will be closed from July 20-27, the Unlimited Group Class Pass for July will be just $52 per person! We hope you’ll join us for all the classes you can make while we’re in town!
Thursday Classes THIS SATURDAY!
Hi guys! Don’t forget we are making up the Thursday 6/28 classes THIS SATURDAY 6/23: 5:45pm Beginner Foxtrot and 6:30pm Bronze 1 Salsa! Then stay for Drop-in class at 7:15pm (choice of Beginner Samba or Intermediate Mambo) and Social Dance 8-10:30pm! We’ll be drawing two great raffle prizes – don’t miss it!
Waltz Formation Starts Sep 8!
From Sep 8 through Oct 29, we’re going to rehearse every Monday from 7:30-9pm AND 3 Saturdays (Sep 8, Sep 22 & Oct 13) from 5:45-7:15pm (before the socials), then perform (hopefully) Oct 27 at PaperMoon, and Nov 3 at both Commonwealth and K&S! This is just 11 practices but hopefully with adding these 3 Saturdays we’ll progress faster (working 2x/week for those 3 weeks should give us a good boost!). We will have gorgeous costumes (ball gowns & tux vests) and the goal will be to have beautiful simplicity! The choreography will NOT be difficult – the focus will be on making simple movements CLEAN and BEAUTIFUL as a whole group, so that the finished product will be very polished and you’ll feel very confident about what you’re doing! Please post below if you’re interested in participating so I can get a feel for the group! Hope you’ll join! Shout out to those semi-newbies to PaperMoon who haven’t done a formation yet – this is a GREAT time to jump in!!! Hit me up if you have any questions or concerns! Hope you’ll come along for the ride!!!
Anniversary Thank You!
Ray & I just want to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who came out to celebrate PaperMoon’s 15th Anniversary last night! It was amazing to see so much of the Family there! Loved seeing the awesome performers shine, and seeing the dance floor jam-packed! It was a glorious night and we loved spending it with all of you!
PaperMoon at K&S on June 2!
Join us for the K&S Social on Saturday, June 2 at the MacKenzie Center, 1337 Centre Street, Newton, MA! We’ll be teaching the Rumba lesson at 7pm, followed by social dancing 8-11pm, and fabulous performances by your fellow Moonies! $15pp includes coffee, tea, pastry and hot popcorn. Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Socials!
Hope to see everyone for the social on May 12 at 8pm! Choice of Beginner Tango or Intermediate Swing lesson t 7:15pm, then Pizzeria Uno’s after the dance! Then get ready for our 1950s Sock Hop social on May 26! And don’t forget our Royal Blue & Silver 15th Anniversary Party on June 9! Looking forward to lots of fun times ahead!
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball!
Sunday, Dec 31, 8:30pm-12:30am! Costume contest, photo booth, decadent food, gold coin hunt and lots more fun is in store! Complimentary non-alcoholic toast at midnight, feel free to BYOB. $30pp, email to RSVP so we’ll know how many to expect! Hope you’ll be with us as we welcome 2018!
Studio Open For Classes Dec 31 & Social Dec 23!
There WILL be group classes on Sunday, Dec 31 at 3pm (Beg Salsa) and 3:45pm (Adv Br Swing). No Social Patterns that evening, and no classes/lessons Dec 24 or 25. Hope to see everyone for the social this Saturday, Dec 23! 7:15pm your choice of Beg Samba or Intermediate Mambo, 8-10:30pm social! Wear your holiday spirit on your sleeve!
The PaperMoon Christmas Tree is up!
There are a lot of empty branches – we hope you’ll help fill them! Please bring in one ornament that symbolizes your 2017 – if you can write your name and the year on it somewhere, even better! Hang it on the tree next time you’re here – we’ll save it and put it up again every year! Thanks for being part of the Moonie family!
8-Week Course in Meredith, NH!
Ray will be teaching at the Lakes Region Dance Center, 8 Maple St, Meredith, NH on Tuesdays from Jan 16 through March 6, 2018! 6pm Beginner Waltz/Rumba, 6:45pm Beginner Foxtrot/Cha Cha. $120pp for either one of these 8-week classes, $200pp for both 8-week classes. Singles and couples, all ages welcome! 16 people maximum, Jan 9 sign-up deadline. Call Ray at (603) 930-6521 to register!
New Group Class Format for November!
The November schedule has been posted! We are trying something new this month! For the following classes:
Sun 3pm * Sun 3:45pm * Wed 6:45pm * Wed 7:30pm * Thu 6:45pm * Thu 7:30pm
–we will be focusing on the SAME dance for the WHOLE MONTH. The “beginner” classes will cover the basic during the 1st week of the month, and will continue on from there for the following weeks, learning several more Bronze 1 variations! You’ll enjoy having a real sense of accomplishment and mastery of the dance by the end of the month! We’ll switch to new dances for each of the aforementioned classes in December. We welcome your feedback as we try out this new format. Can’t wait to see how much you learn and how great you feel about your dancing!
Bermuda Details!
Our group specialist with Norwegian Cruise Line is Josh Gonzales. Please contact him directly at (954)514-4374 or 877.416.9722 ext. 4374 Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm EST, or email He checks his messages regularly and will get back to you promptly. Contacting Josh will ensure that your reservations are attached to our group promotion. Reference group #683968 (reservations made online or through a travel agent can NOT be included in the group).
Things to Know:
1. To make your reservation you will need a $50 deposit on or before 10/2 or after $125 deposit per person. The sooner you call the better the cabin availability and location will be for your room.
2. Final payment will be due by 4/21/2018.
3. After the reservation is set up future payments can be made online by creating an account at: This site is also useful for booking Shore Excursions, Diner Reservations, and completing the Online Check-In prior to sailing.
4. Families that require cabins for 3 or more guests are encouraged to make a deposit sooner than later. Cabins with these accommodations are very limited and are on a first come first served basis. Please call for a price quote on additional passengers.
5. Questions about Travel Documentation visit:
6. Travel Insurance is recommended but not required. For information about coverage visit:
Prices for rooms are based on double occupancy. If there is only 1 person in the room, you have to pay as if there were 2 people (minus the taxes for the 2nd person, which come to $193pp). The prices, based on the type of room, are as follows (including taxes and port fees):
• Inside: $1242pp. 3rd & 4th guests in this room are $649pp.
• Ocean View – Porthole Window: $1402pp. 3rd & 4th guests in this room are $210pp.
• Ocean View – Picture Window: $1442pp. 3rd & 4th guests in this room are $210pp.
• Balcony: $1842pp. 3rd & 4th guests in this room are $179pp.
• Mini-suite (larger room with larger balcony, King-sized bed (others are Queen), larger bathroom): $2142pp. 3rd & 4th guests in this room are $828pp.
These prices will hold for 60 days, and your deposit is fully refundable until 90 days before we sail (when the final payment will be due).
Ray & I chose the balcony room last time and we’re VERY glad we did. It was great to feel we weren’t trapped, and to enjoy the view right from our room, and also really nice to be able to feel what the weather was like before we left our room. I’d highly recommend it!
They will put all of our group with the same type of room near one another (i.e. whoever chooses a balcony will be near the other balcony folks, whoever chooses an inside room will be near the other inside room folks, etc.).
The Moonie group will also have our own meeting space with music where we can do some fun lessons, classes, private dancing, etc.!
Ultimate Beverage Package normally runs $93/day ($651 for the trip) per person; if you choose this, both people in your room have to choose this. The soda package is $7/day and, again, both people in your group must choose it. You EACH get 2 perks, so you could choose the Ultimate Beverage Package for both of you, then you each get a 2nd choice as well.
Our Group’s Promotion: Choose Two Perks Per Cabin:
 Ultimate Beverage Package (Guest 1 & 2)
 4 Night Specialty Dining Package (Guest 1 & 2)
 Pre-Paid Service Charges (Guest 1 & 2)
 250 Minute Wifi Package
 Cocktail Party
 $50 per port Shore Excursion Credit
 $75 On Board Credit
 $75 Fundraiser Credit
Let Josh know which 2 perks you’d like to choose when you call!
King’s Wharf
Located at the tip of Bermuda’s West End, King’s Wharf is home to exceptional shopping and pristine beaches. The beautifully restored Royal Navy Dockyards provide quaint boutique, a crafts market and fascinating maritime museum. Don’t miss the chance to try out one of the many water sports offered in and around this gorgeous harbor.
Swing Figures Series & Swing Formation!
Come and check out our SWING Figures Series: 4 weeks for just $60pp! Sundays, Oct 15-Nov 5, 8:15-9pm. You’ll learn some fun, flashy patterns that you can use at socials, and this series will help you get ready for (wink, wink) the…
SWING FORMATION! Mondays, 7:30-9pm, Nov 6-Feb 12. Just $50pp/month plus $200 costume fee. Must be able to commit to all 3 performances:
Feb 10 – evening at PaperMoon’s Valentine Social (Merrimack, NH)
Feb 17 – late morning at Eastern U.S. Dancesport Championships (Boston, MA)
Feb 17 – evening at NHABDA (New Hampshire Amateur Ballroom Dancers’ Association, Derry, NH)
Please RSVP below! Hope you will be a part of the Team!
Dec 16 - Help the Homeless!
Hello friends! Last January, a group of Moonies volunteered at FIT (Families in Transition), an organization that provides housing and services for individuals in need. We had a lot of fun spending the time together, and FIT told us that our contribution really made a difference. Let’s do it again! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec 16, 10am-1pm. FIT can accommodate about 15 volunteers at their OutFITters Thrift Store in Manchester. The group will be helping to sort and organize clothing and other donations and help to prepare items to be sold on the sales floor. 100% of the proceeds from OutFITters go directly back to funding the housing and services that Families in Transition provides to homeless individuals in need. Anyone want to join me? Email me at! I’m hoping I have 14 willing friends!
October Classes Start Sunday!
Sunday, October 1 begins a brand new month of group classes! Hope to see YOU for:
3pm Beginner Samba
3:45pm Advanced Bronze Rumba
6:45pm Bronze Rumba Social Patterns
7:30pm Silver Rumba Social Patterns
It’s going to be an awesome month:)!!!
Bermuda Cruise Update!
And the winner is… JULY 20-27! I hope that everyone will be able to make this week work!!! I will contact the Norwegian liaison tomorrow to get pricing for our group (so far, looks like there will be at least 26 of us – woohoo!!!). A few people have asked what individual rates would be, and I know some folks might be interested in finding a roommate. Please let me know if you have any questions so I can get answers for you ASAP! SO excited!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
Boot Camp on Hold!
Thank you to everyone who has participated in any of my Boot Camps! I am always impressed by your willingness to work really hard and stay focused for a double period, really challenging yourselves (with great results, which makes me SO pleased!!!). At the moment, it seems that PaperMoon needs a little break from the Boot Camps. This has happened before, not to worry, we’ll take a few months off and then try to re-enter the magical world of technique drilling! We’re going to shake the schedule up a bit in November, so hopefully that will bring in some new faces and make all the current faces even smilier😊. I am SO grateful to have you guys in the PaperMoon family and if you have any feedback for me, I really hope you’ll share it, so that I can make your studio what you want it to be!!! Cheers!!!
It’s time to welcome in the Scariest Time of the Year! There’s safety in numbers, so join your Moonie friends as we head to Nightmare New England on Friday, Oct 27 at 7pm! $42.50 per person will grant one-time admission to each of their five Haunted Attractions (The Haunted Hayride, Carnage, Brigham Manor, The Colony and Festival of Fear!). If we can get 20 people to go, we can get a group rate! Please RSVP to by Thu Sep 28, at which time I’ll be able to tell everyone what our rate will be (based on how many people RSVP); then please plan to get the funds for your ticket(s) to me by Thu Oct 5 so I can order them all on Fri Oct 6! Check out the details at! Get ready to scream!
Costume & Shoe Swap at Sep 23 Social!
Have some costumes & shoes hanging around that are still in good shape but you don’t think you’ll ever wear them? Label them with your name and a price and bring them to the social this Saturday, Sep 23! Bring some cash (or checks) with you too, in case you fall in love with something somebody else brings! We’ll keep the costumes & shoes on display for the whole social (8-10:30pm) and hopefully we’ll all go home with some fun new things! Don’t forget to LABEL all of your things! Let Maria know if you have any questions! Can’t wait to see what you bring!
SYTYCD Tickets Anyone?
Hello Moonies! Ray surprised me today with an amazing early birthday present: tickets to see the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on Fri Oct 13 at 7:30pm! I was SO excited! I’m obsessed with SYTYCD! Then I realized that it’s opening night of Aladdin, Jr., featuring Dara & Phaedra Brown. Needless to say we won’t be going to SYTYCD. Anyone want to purchase those tickets from Ray? They are BALC Row: D-Z; he paid $173.99. First to speak up and they’re yours! Email me at!
Social Patterns Classes Continue!
Last Sunday was a big hit! We’ll do 1 more week of FOXTROT, perfecting/adding to the patterns from last week! Sunday, September 24: Bronze Foxtrot Patterns at 6:45pm and Silver Foxtrot Patterns at 7:30pm. The cost is $15pp per class, or take both for $25! Did you miss the first week but want to jump in for the second week? 1 private lesson before Sunday will catch you up! Otherwise, see below to catch it the next time around!
Social Patterns: Rumba on Oct 1 & 8!
Does the thought of dancing at socials make you queasy? Do you hear a Rumba and think you’d rather fight through rush-hour traffic than try to think of enough patterns to fill up an entire song? We’ve got just the class for you! “Social Patterns” will give you fun, interesting, easy amalgamations that you can feel great about using right away! It’s a great way to get you moving and feeling the confidence you need to start incorporating other patterns on your own! Join Maria on Sundays, October 1 & 8! We’ll do a Bronze Rumba Amalgamation at 6:45pm (pre-requisite: Basic, Open Break Underarm Turn) and a Silver Rumba Amalgamation at 7:30pm (pre-requisite: Open Rumba Walks, Quick Underarm Turn and Loop). The cost is $30pp for this 2-week class if doing ONLY the Bronze class or ONLY the Silver class; or take the 2 weeks of BOTH classes for just $50pp! Please email to let me know if you plan to be there! Hope you’ll join us for this super fun class!
New Boot Camp Starts Sep 26!
Hi guys! The next round of Boot Camp will start up on Tuesday, Sep 26 and run through Oct 24, from 6:45-8:15pm. The cost is $125pp for the 5 weeks, and the dance is RUMBA!
Summer of 2018 Bermuda Cruise!
CRUISE PLANNING! Ray & I had SO much fun on our Bermuda cruise that we’d love to take you all with us next time! We know it would be amazing if there was a big group of Moonies who all went together, to enjoy lots of fun activities, scrumptious food and great dancing onboard, and then luxuriate on the beautiful beaches together, so we are hoping to do a PaperMoon 7-day cruise from Boston to Bermuda next summer! Anyone interested? We’re not looking for an absolute commitment at this time, just an idea of how many might be interested and any/all weeks that would work for you. Please email if you think you’d like to travel with us, and let us know which week(s) would work for you: July 6-13, July 20-27, and/or Aug 3-10, 2018. We’d love to share this awesome experience with you! We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the trip, and you can see the details here: Can’t wait to share this awesome adventure with you!