Classes Offered: Tap, Hip Hop, Body Percussion, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Modern
Richard Ashworth, now living in Chicago, IL, is an educator, choreographer, and performer whose technical abilities and historical knowledge have made him a sought after resource in both the urban and rhythmic dance communities. Richard attended the University at Buffalo, receiving a BFA in Dance in June 2007. After graduating, Rich performed aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and upon returning to the States, danced in several crews for live performances and industrials including dancing for artists such as Amungus and The Goo Goo Dolls. He has performed and toured with several internationally celebrated dance companies including Lehrerdance (dir. Jon Lehrer), Chicago Dance Crash (dir. Jessica Deahr), and Chicago Tap Theatre (dir. Mark Yonally), where he served as a choreographer and rehearsal director for four years.
As an educator he has appeared on the faculty of several dance based organizations including Dance Masters of America, CNADM, and the Interdanza organization of Mexico. Currently, he freelances as a performer and/or choreographer for several companies and colleges around the country. Rich’s own productions “Blue Collar Music Box” and “Shoestrings” have been highly praised in the Chicagoland media. He is also a current dancer and percussionist for Be the Groove’s Collective Beat, a rhythmic performance ensemble teaching kids the concepts of individuality, team work, and creative music making through live dance, theatre, and the percussive arts.