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.
Jazz Dancing - The Complete Routine
Jazz dance instructor, Roger Bennett Riggle, demonstrates advanced jazz dancing including how to do a complete advanced jazz routine.
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Roger Bennett Riggle: My name is Roger Bennett Riggle. Today we are demonstrating advanced Jazz dancing. To demonstrate these moves is one of my advanced Jazz students here at the Berrend Dance Center, Mackenzie Royce (ph). So now we are going to show you all of the moves put together in a dance segment and we start with Aerobesque, we move into Chass, we will then follow that with two Chain turns which will end in a Stag Leap and then we will exit with the Grapevine move. At this point Mackenzie will demonstrate all of the moves put together for you in slow motion. So we have Aerobesque, Chass through, Chain first, Chain high-fifth, double pirouette and stag and she grapevines off alternating the right arm across the body and out from the body as her legs grapevine across the floor. Five six, seven and Aerobesque, Chass through, Chain one, Chain two, double pirouette, stag, grapevine off. One very important aspect of studying dance no matter what style of dance it is is to make sure that you do your dance moves on both sides of the body. This way the body is trained to be as strong on the right side as it is on the left side.