Bob Rizzo

Bob Rizzo Bob Rizzo is a New York based award-winning artist and prominent figure in dance education and musical theatre. Bob has taught professional dance classes in NYC for more than 30 years at studios such as Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, and Peridance. He also served on the faculties of the undergraduate Musical Theatre program at New York University and the Jazz Dance World Congress. Over his career, Bob has worked with thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to successful professional dance careers on Broadway, television and in film, most notably, Matthew Morrison of GLEE fame. Bob was also featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, which hailed him as the teacher of teachers, and he presently serves on the advisory board for Dance Spirit Magazine.

As a director and choreographer his credits include more than 200 Musicals for the New York stage, national tours, summer stock and dinner theatre. His choreography has appeared on national television in commercials and popular daytime programs.

Bob successfully juggles the roles of producer, director, choreographer, teacher, and entrepreneur. His Company, Riz-Biz Productions, is a leading producer of educational dance videos in the United States, with a catalog boasting more than 75 titles. Most recently Bob developed a new website, www.thedancecoach.com, which brings his love of teaching and coaching to the digital world. Dancers, teachers and choreographers can now access his considerable expertise online by uploading videos of their routines and selecting one of several options for personalized feedback from Bob Rizzo, The Dance Coach.



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BWW Review: The Rockettes Shine in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULARBWW Review: The Rockettes Shine in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
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BWW Interview: Broadway Cast Members Share the Love for Best Choreography Tony NomineesBWW Interview: Broadway Cast Members Share the Love for Best Choreography Tony Nominees
June 1, 2017

This year's crop of 'Best Choreography' Tony nominees, several of whom helped guide their show to a Best Musical nod, receive heartfelt shout-outs from cast members.

BWW Interview: Choreographer Denis Jones on Tony Nomination and MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill PlayhouseBWW Interview: Choreographer Denis Jones on Tony Nomination and MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill Playhouse
May 19, 2017

Tony-nominee Denis Jones talks HOLIDAY INN, his journey as a choreographer, and MARY POPPINS at Papermill Playhouse

BWW Interview: Choreographer Peggy Hickey on Designing the Dances for Broadway's ANASTASIABWW Interview: Choreographer Peggy Hickey on Designing the Dances for Broadway's ANASTASIA
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ANASTASIA choreographer Peggy Hickey talks all things dance on her journey with the romantic and adventure-filled new musical......

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Julius Sermonia of Broadway's MISS SAIGONBWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Julius Sermonia of Broadway's MISS SAIGON
March 31, 2017

The revival of Miss Saigon marks the fifth Broadway show for Julius Sermonia. It's also the first time he's been hired for a swing position-- one that covers potentially nineteen roles. Considering the sheer size of the forty-plus member cast, it's no surprise he was called to suit up for two roles soon after previews began.

BWW Interview: Unmasking Shane Carrigan as Darius in Off-Broadway's iLUMINATEBWW Interview: Unmasking Shane Carrigan as Darius in Off-Broadway's iLUMINATE
December 16, 2016

Dancer and actor Shane Carrigan discusses playing Darius, the menacing antagonist of iLUMINATE at New World Stages.

BWW Interview: Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando on RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando on RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
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Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando discusses adapting RUDOLPH, the iconic television special, for the stage.

BWW Review: The Rockettes Shine in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULARBWW Review: The Rockettes Shine in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
November 18, 2016

The iconic Rockettes remain supreme with their eye-high kicks, razor-sharp precision and synchronized choreography. They prance as reindeer, dance as teddy bears, march as wooden soldiers, and tap as rag dolls, all to stunning effect.

BWW Interview: In Depth with Chita Rivera on her Upcoming Concerts CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATIONBWW Interview: In Depth with Chita Rivera on her Upcoming Concerts CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION
November 14, 2016

Broadway icon Chita Rivera discusses her upcoming concerts, playing rooms both big and small, getting the job done, and how she discovered her voice.

BWW Review: Superb Performers Sparkle in Company XIV's PARISBWW Review: Superb Performers Sparkle in Company XIV's PARIS
October 24, 2016

If there is one thing director/choreographer Austin McCormick can be accused of it's that he consistently puts on a titillating, atmospheric and imaginative show.

BWW Interview: Broadway Choreographer Larry Fuller Talks Career and Being Celebrated by Dancers Over 40BWW Interview: Broadway Choreographer Larry Fuller Talks Career and Being Celebrated by Dancers Over 40
October 10, 2016

Choreographer Larry Fuller is responsible for the staging of some of Broadway's most iconic musicals. Whether it was his Tony Award nominated dances in Evita, or his staging for the murderous Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, his stylized movement always held your attention. Larry has staged both the Tony Awards and the Emmy Awards and has worked numerous times with legendary Broadway director Hal Prince.

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Reed Kelly of Broadway's PARAMOURBWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Reed Kelly of Broadway's PARAMOUR
October 5, 2016

The new Broadway production of Paramour marks dancer Reed Kelly's fourth Broadway show. No stranger to the Lyric Theatre, he last flew around that stage in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. He also took flight as a monkey in Broadway's Wicked and danced in The Addams Family. In addition to performing, Reed continues to interact with a legion of reality show fans from his stint on CBS's Survivor: San Juan Del Sur in 2014.

BWW Interview: Dancer Ryan Steele on His Dual Roles in the Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARISBWW Interview: Dancer Ryan Steele on His Dual Roles in the Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
September 20, 2016

You may know him as Broadway's bespectacled 'Newsie' who whipped off multiple ballet turns atop a sheet of newspaper. Maybe you spotted him as a lost boy in NBC's Peter Pan Live!, or caught his sensitive portrayal of Baby John in the revival of West Side Story. But Ryan Steele has graduated from adolescent roles and is ready to take on leading man status this fall in the national tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.

BWW Interview: Eloise Kropp Taps Against the Clock as Jennyanydots in Broadway's CATSBWW Interview: Eloise Kropp Taps Against the Clock as Jennyanydots in Broadway's CATS
August 9, 2016

After her breakout performance as Ruby in last season's toe-tapping revival of Dames At Sea, Eloise Kropp joins a cast of exceptional dancers and singers in the new Broadway revival of CATS. CATS marks Eloise's third Broadway show in just two years, having also danced in the ensemble of the hit revival of On The Town. But it was her expert tap dancing skills in Dames that really put her on the map. In her big number 'Star Tar,' she executed lightning fast and intricate tap rhythms worthy of Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller from MGM's musical heyday.

BWW Review: iLUMINATE Does Much More Than Just Light UpBWW Review: iLUMINATE Does Much More Than Just Light Up
July 26, 2016

In iLuminate you're transported on a thrill seeking yet mind-boggling ride. The energetic nine-member troupe is full of expert dancers who dance full-throttle the entire show. Their unified razor-sharp work is worthy of the precision of the Radio City Rockettes.

BWW Interview: Choreographer Jonathan Cerullo on LISA AND LEONARDO at NYMFBWW Interview: Choreographer Jonathan Cerullo on LISA AND LEONARDO at NYMF
July 19, 2016

Choreographer Jonathan Cerullo returns to the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) with the new musical, Lisa and Leonardo. His mentor, acclaimed choreographer Patricia Birch, first introduced him to the festival in its inaugural season. Cerullo had been assisting Birch for thirteen years, and moved into the role of executive producer with her NYMF production of Orphan Train. Subsequently, he went on to stage two other musicals at the festival and also became an evaluator reading new scripts.

BWW Interview: Choreographer Al Blackstone Talks FREDDIE FALLS IN LOVE for the Fire Island Dance FestivalBWW Interview: Choreographer Al Blackstone Talks FREDDIE FALLS IN LOVE for the Fire Island Dance Festival
July 7, 2016

Popular choreographer Al Blackstone, known for his Broadway style routines on So You Think You Can Dance, is excited to be returning for his third season at the Fire Island Dance Festival. Blackstone will be presenting an excerpt from his new work, Freddie Falls In Love, which recently had its premiere at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City. The show was also a benefit performance for DRA and Blackstone figured it would be a perfect fit for this year's festival.

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Khori Michelle Petinaud of Broadway's ALADDINBWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Khori Michelle Petinaud of Broadway's ALADDIN
June 30, 2016

Khori Petinaud was more of an athlete as a child yet she still sashayed around her house in tutus, tiaras, and dance slippers. She didn't actually start formal ballet classes until she was thirteen. Having been bitten by the 'ballet bug' was, in a word, transformative. Given her age, the young Petinaud was not one to waste time. She attended the summer program at Dance Theatre of Harlem that very same year. Eventually she discovered her love of modern dance while studying at Alvin Ailey and subsequently attended Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in dance. Her foray into musical theatre was with the national tour of The Color Purple.

BWW Review: NEW YORK SPECTACULAR Starring the RockettesBWW Review: NEW YORK SPECTACULAR Starring the Rockettes
June 27, 2016

The Radio City Rockettes star in the new summer show at the Radio City Music Hall, 'New York Spectacular,' but don't expect the traditional razor precision ensemble work that you may be accustomed to seeing. This new show has the personalized stamp of popular So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Mia Michaels, who is also credited as the director. Fans of Michaels' signature contemporary dance style will find a lot to like in this production: from the Rockettes gesticulating and grooving to her edgy vibe, to the wildly talented male ensemble that turn, jump, and twitch out to her stylized dance vocabulary.

BWW Interview: Danny Gardner Comes to Life as George M. Cohan in the NEW YORK SPECTACULARBWW Interview: Danny Gardner Comes to Life as George M. Cohan in the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR
June 7, 2016

He made his mark on the New York stage in 2015 playing the Fred Astaire role in Lady, Be Good at City Center's Encores! This past season he made his Broadway debut as Lucky in the tap-happy revival of Dames At Sea. Now Danny Gardner shuffles onto the grand stage at Radio City making his debut in the New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes. As part of the principal cast, Danny joins eighty performers in this new show that celebrates New York City in the summertime. It's centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. The city magically comes to life and helps to reunite their family in the end. It's all directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels, and is written by Drama Desk Award-winner Douglas Carter Beane.

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Josh Walden of Off-Broadway's CAGNEYBWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Josh Walden of Off-Broadway's CAGNEY
June 1, 2016

Josh Walden is a seasoned Broadway hoofer. He's sung and danced in the revivals of 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles and Ragtime. But it's in the new Off-Broadway musical Cagney where Walden gets to really show off his versatility and range. He changes characters and costumes faster than he taps out a syncopated rhythm-and he even executes that flawlessly. He's part of Cagney's expert six-member cast in this musical biography of Hollywood tough guy and dance man James Cagney.



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