At the chamber’s annual Needham Night Dinner, the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will present Paulette Harwood with a lifetime achievement award.
Harwood has spent nearly 60 years to teach dancers in Needham and Newton. She retired and closed her business, Paulette’s Ballet Studio, in July of 2018.
“Paulette Harwood touched the lives of generations,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. “She also was a successful and fully engaged member of our business community. We are so glad to be able to honor her and all she has given with this lifetime achievement award.”
Needham Night is a special evening to celebrate the town’s economic and cultural vitality. Serial entrepreneur and author Robert Glazer will be the guest speaker. His company was one of 2018’s Top Places to Work by the Boston Globe. The evening also includes a cocktail reception and a three-course dinner.
Harwood started dancing as a young girl and at the age of 15. While she was still a student at Brookline High School, she moved to New York City. She eventually became a soloist at Radio City Music Hall in the Corps de Ballet. She married, came back to the Boston area and opened her studio in 1959. In addition to her work as an instructor, she was a choreographer for high schools, colleges, and the Boston Celtics. She also designed costumes for contestants in the Miss Massachusetts and Miss America pageants.
Paulette’s Ballet Studio most recently had been located at the Saco-Pettee Mill Building on Oak Street in Newton. Prior to her current location, the business was located at the Mills Falls Building in Newton. Her dancers performed at many chamber events and were always a highlight at Needham’s annual Street Fair and Harvest Fair.