Team Assemblies

Team Assemblies: Brief bio’s

Susan Cole
Susan is dedicated to perpetuating the grand Bostonian tradition of teaching social skills through social dance. She was trained in ballroom dancing by dance master Don Mason. As dance partners and colleagues they taught generations of students. Susan is certified in etiquette instruction by the Etiquette and Leadership Institute of the Washington School of Protocol. She has a BA and M.ED from Boston University. Having brought up three children, Susan understands the challenges of civilizing youth. “A challenge was met when my sons agreed to attend many of my classes!” Inspired by her experience with children and her lifelong love of music and dance, Susan founded Boston Assemblies in 1986.

Casey Baird
Since opening their Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Plymouth in 2008, Catherine (Casey) Baird and her husband, Forrest Burke-Moran have welcomed thousands of students onto the dance floor to share their passion for social, ballroom, and Latin dancing. The partners are thrilled to be ranked as one of the top Fred Astaire Dance Studios in the New England Region. Casey knew of Boston Assemblies by reputation but had little experience teaching kids when she met Susan Cole. Now she enthuses, “I just love the enthusiasm and sheer joy the kids show in class.” In 2013 Casey and her husband welcomed a son, Jesse, who they hope will join the family business in about eighteen years! First, he will learn some dance basics and some social graces with his peers at Boston Assemblies.
Fred Astaire Studio, Plymouth

Michele Cloutier
Best known for as a wedding coach, Michele has been featured in Boston Magazine as well as New England Bride. Year after year, she is voted Best of the Knot and Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire. Although wedding prep is many years away for the students of Boston Assemblies, Michele’s enthusiasm for dance in many forms including jazz and hip hop are keeping Boston Assemblies contemporary. Michele prides herself on her ability to teach anyone to dance. In fact, she has a dog named Tango who reportedly does a mean salsa!
You can find Michele at her studio, Dance in Boston, Brookline.

Regina Googins
Regina has a range of hospitality and etiquette experience. She earned a certificate from the John Robert Powers School in Boston. She earned her degree in American Studies at Smith College. Regina hosted a bed and breakfast in her gracious home in Cambridge for more than a decade. Regina and Susan Cole offer dining skills programs to area clubs, schools. Regina has been getting a lot of practice teaching her twin grandsons age six and their brother age five the proper way to hold a fork! Regina provides support to Boston Assemblies on and off the dance floor.

Paul Hughes
Starting in his teens Paul and his twin brother started learning ballroom dancing. Paul and his wife Judy are known in Boston dance circles demonstrating their skills and grace on the dance floor. Paul has extensive teaching experience. He is a member of the National Dance Council of America, American Society of teachers of dance as well as a certified member of Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. Paul teaches Mad Hot Cambridge, an exciting ballroom dance program for fifth graders in the Cambridge Public schools. It has been featured on Chronicle and in The Globe. Paul Hughes classes have been covered on Wellesley cable TV.
Paul Hughes’s studio is known as Ballroom Basics, Needham

Social Skills Learned and Practiced

  • Handshaking
  • Eye contact
  • Posture
  • Introductions
  • Making a good first impression
  • Standing as a sign of respect
  • Everyday etiquette tips
  • Escorting and seating partners
  • The importance of conversation