Steps in Time Historical Dance

Tim and Paula formed their partnership “Steps in Time Historical Dance” in 2008. Their repertoire included Renaissance and Baroque couple dances, English and American country dances, Appalachian dances, Scandinavian dances, all the popular ballroom dances from the Regency Period through the Jazz Age, plus various contemporary couple dances.

Paula and Tim regularly taught classes in vintage and contemporary couple dancing. They taught waltz classes at Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, KY in 2010-2012 and 2015. They have led workshops in waltz and other traditional dances at Hands Four Spring Weekend in Berea, Fleur de Lis Fling in Louisville, Blue Moon contra weekend in Huntsville, AL, and the November Dance Weekend in Arkansas. They also taught a number of dance sessions at Dance Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, in February 2013, and they were the dance instructors for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, in 2015, 2017 and 2018. (They were scheduled to go back to Sedalia in 2020 and 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic nixed that.)

Tim has a talent for breaking dance moves down into small, incremental steps and explaining moves clearly. Paula is known for her graceful style and superb skills as a “follow”. Together they made a great teaching team, speaking from experience to both men and women dancers and appealing to verbal, visual and kinesthetic learners.

Tim Lamm

Tim started dancing when he and his wife Carol moved to Berea in 1976 and has been active in the English County Dance community since then. He has attended Christmas Country Dance School many times. His interest in historic ballroom dance dates back to a Viennese Waltz workshop in Berea taught by Czech dance master František Bonuš in 1986. Each year since 1994, Tim has gone to dance weeks in Cincinnati, OH, Newport, RI, Stanford, CA, and even Prague, Czech Republic, and studied a variety of 19th and early 20th century dance forms. His teachers include Richard Powers of Stanford University, Joan Walton of San José State University, Maris Wolff of Johnson State College, Vermont, Yvonne Vart of Caluire et Cuire, France, Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz of New York Historical Dance Company, and Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company.

Tim joined Lexington Vintage Dance as a founding member in 1994 and danced with the performing troupe for 25 years. From 2000 until retiring in 2017, Tim served as Artistic Co-Director of the troupe, leading rehearsals, writing choreography. and directing performances.

Paula Harrison

Paula has always loved dancing. As a child, she took parts in school musical productions in order to dance and was frequently given dance solos. She studied ballet and modern dance at the University of Alabama. Paula has twenty years of experience in international folk dance. She has performed with international folk dance groups in Birmingham, Louisville and Lexington and directed several Birmingham performances. Paula was a member of the performing troupe of the Lexington Vintage Dance Society from 2007 to 2017. She has attended several vintage dance weeks and workshops with Richard Powers, Joan Walton, and the other teachers listed above. In addition to historical social dance and folk dance, her interests include English and Scottish Country Dance, Argentine tango, salsa and swing.