Classes Offered: tap, musical theater, jazz, ballet, turns & leaps, progressions
Richard was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he spent much of his early life. Though music and dance had always been a part of his family, he never truly embraced it till the age of 17. His interest in dance was sparked when watching some fellow students perform a time step in choir one day and thought, “Maybe I could do that too…” Shortly after, he was on his new path.
He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University. Upon graduation, and on a whim visiting friends in NYC, Rich booked his first New York audition…The international tour of 42nd Street.
As a seasoned Broadway veteran at the peak of his career, he has since performed in White Christmas, On the Twentieth Century, Shuffle Along and, Broadway classics, My Fair Lady and Hello Dolly!
His off-Broadway and regional credits include: The Girl Next Door (Rodney), Singin’ In the Rain (Cosmo Brown), 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Sophisticated Ladies (featured soloist), Music Man, My One and Only, Radio Girl, and Hairspray (Duane). Since making his debut, Richard has been blessed with a wide variety of opportunities such as sharing the stage with such greats as Maurice Hines, Beth Leavel, Leslie Uggams, Lee Meriwether, Orson Bean, and David Ogden Stiers.
Television credits include: MOM (Conrad), Tony Awards, Good Morning America, Taking The Stage (Kennedy Center), CBS Sunday Morning, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Beyond acting and dancing, Richard has been cast as a singer in revival recordings of On the Twentieth Century and Hello Dolly!
He has been nominated for an Astaire Award for best Male Dancer and is also a cast member recipient of multiple Astaire Award’s for best Ensemble.
While still performing, Richard has not given up on his other loves of choreography and dance education. He has taught across the country at numerous dance schools and colleges while on or in-between shows. And as a tap teacher for Steps On Broadway in NYC, Richard’s deep respect for iconic choreography styles continues to help him draw inspiration in his own choreography.