Paul Burbedge

Professional ballroom dancer and teacher, Paul Burbedge, has been dancing since the age of 9. He has danced competitively in the USA, Japan and New Zealand, as well as various countries across Europe, representing Scotland and New Zealand in World Championship competitions. His competitive dancing career has spanned 20 years, giving him the knowledge and deep understanding that makes him the talented and intuitive dance teacher that he is today.

History of Grafton Hall

The person responsible for the building of the Grafton Hall in Village Way was local resident Mr Charles Day who lived at Coombe Lodge, Half Moon Lane. He leased a large number of houses in the area including Fife Lodge, the next house along Half Moon Lane. In 2010 Paul Burbedge, the current custodian, took up the reins. Paul is a former Scottish Amateur Ballroom Champion. Well known faces of Strictly Come Dancing fame, Len Goodman, Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag and Karen Hardy have all trod the boards of Grafton Hall at some point in time.

Burgess/Freeman Blue Plaque

Often described as ‘the funny little building by the bridge’, Grafton Hall, unbeknown to many of its the local Dulwich residents, was one of the world’s major hubs for ballroom dancing. Under the stewardship of Ballroom icons, Bob Burgess and Doreen Freeman, names synonymous with the Grafton Ballroom, just about every World, British and European Champion has danced at this venue at one time or another. Following a huge effort by both the dance community, patrons of the studio, and with an endorsement from Len Goodman, I am proud to say we swept to victory, securing the plaque for all to celebrate.

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