Roger Bennett Riggle has been a licensed, professional make up artist for over 20 years. He began at Kinetic Artistry, a theatrical supply house in Takoma Park, MD. During his 10 years there, Roger managed the make up department -7 different lines; sales, consultation and artistry.
Roger has hosted numerous Washington, D.C instructional seminars for area artists; everything from beauty and photography make up to Halloween transformations and special effects make up techniques. Roger worked for over 10 years as the make up artist for Tom Radcliffe, a leader in headshot photography at the Point of View Studio also in Takoma Park, MD. Roger applied the photographic make up to thousands of actors, sports celebrities, musicians and opera singers.
Roger specializes in Halloween make-overs and the transforming of personalities for diverse, special events. In addition, Roger has created special make up effects for disaster simulation used in the training of nurses, doctors and EMS personnel. His credits include triage exercises at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, for the Secret Service, and for the UHUHS military training facility. Roger has also designed for numerous theatrical productions which entails researching and articulating the authenticity of period styles.
Roger has a degree in drama from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and, since 1978, has choreographed, directed and produced numerous operas and musical theatre productions. For eight years, Roger was the Associate Producer of TheatreFest, theatre-in-residence program, at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Roger has worked with many celebrities including: Leslie Uggams, Susan Lucci, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Zimmer, Pattie LuPone and Betty Buckley. Roger has directed operas at the annual Amalfi Music Festival in Italy . He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Roger is the make up consultant for Parlights, Inc. in Frederick, MD, a leading theatrical supply house for the greater Washington/Baltimore areas.
Tap Dance - LA Time Step
Dance instructor Roger Riggle demonstrates the LA time step.
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Roger Bennett Riggle: My name is Roger Bennett Riggle and today we are exploring the world of advanced tap dancing. From the triple time step now, we will move to what they called the LA time step which was taught to me by one of the wonderful dance teachers in town Mary Lou Peters. Within the LA time step is a step we called a cramp roll and cramp roll has two toes in it. Right toe, left toe, right heel, left heel. Off course, you can also do it on the left foot. So let's do the cramp roll one more time. Toe toe heel heel and up to tempo it's sounds like that five six seven eight. Good, one more time, good. So that is in the LA time step.
So let's start the LA time step with my advanced tap student Alison Taylor. We will start with brush heel like the others. Brush right foot, heel of the left foot and then we will flap that takes weight down. Then with the left foot, we are going to shuffle ball change. Shuffle, no weight ball change. Ball of one foot change to the other. Then we are going to shuffle again and we are going to cramp roll left. Left right left right and flap ball change.
So let me just repeat those steps. It brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle cramp roll, flap, ball change. Now you are on the left foot. So you repeat it but you do it on the left foot. So we will brush heel again, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll right foot, flap, ball change. So the whole thing sounds like this. Slow motion, five six seven and brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll, flap, ball change. Brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll, flap, ball change. Good.
Now let's do it up to tempo. Ready. Five six five six seven and brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll, flap, ball change. Brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll, one more time. Brush heel, flap, five six seven eight. One two three four five six.
Now we will do it side with. Five six seven eight. Brush heel, flap, shuffle, ball change. Shuffle, cramp roll, flap, ball change. One two three four five. One more set please. One two three four five six seven eight and there you have an LA time step.
Next, we are going to connectors what I called connectors and we will take all of the tap dancing time steps we have learn today and put a connector in between each.