President and Dance Instructor
Paul Stewart is the Owner and President of Absolute Ballroom Company in Naples, where his dance instruction includes: Smooth, Standard, Rhythm, Latin, Swing, C & W and club style dances. He is a Co-founder and former President of the Swing Dance Club of SW Florida, Florida Dance Champions, Inc., Naples Star Ball/Naples Classic and Sarasota Star Ball. Paul has judged at West Coast Swing and Hustle events across Florida such as Tampa Bay Classic, Summer Swing Classic, Miami Dance Magic, Floorplay Swing Vacation, O-Jam, IHSC and River City Swing. Currently he is the Event Director for Sweetheart Swing, River City Swing, Tampa Bay Classic and partner in Swing Over Orlando.
Originally from Poplar Bluff, MO, Paul moved to Naples in 1986 and began his dance career in 1994. After years of professionally competing on the Ballroom, Swing and Country & Western circuits, he has a diverse dance perspective, skill and a unique level of expertise.
While competing professionally on the Ballroom circuit, he successfully made the finals in competitions such as Florida State Championships, Southeast Regionals, and Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas. His Country & Western awards include 6 Divisional Championship Titles, and placed 4th in the 2003 UCWDC World Championships. In 2014 and 2015 he won 6 Master's Routine Division West Coast Swing Championships.
Paul retired from professional competition shortly after opening his own studio in September 2003. He now travels with his students around the world, competing in such exotic locations as Cuba, Buenos Aires, Cancun, London, Rome, Bermuda, Bahamas and Las Vegas. He has won over 70 Top Teacher awards at Pro-Am competitions across the country; including 9-time Florida Plus Top Teacher of the Year, 5-time Top Teacher of the Year in World Points a National Title as awarded by World Promotions, Inc., 8-time Florida Classic Series Top Teacher of the Year as awarded by Dance Champions, Inc. and 3-time Florida Top Teacher as awarded by Sunshine State Dancesport Series. During 15 years of business, Absolute Ballroom Company has won over 75 Top Studio Awards!