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Richard P. Dieguez has over 30 years of experience in the arts and entertainment field. Beginning as a musician, he became an entertainment attorney representing major label and indie artists in all genres of music in both the U.S. and abroad. He also managed major label artists and is now an actively exhibited fine art photographer in many museums across the country.
Fell in love with salsa dance over 10 years ago. Asked why? “It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s part of my aerobic routine, and at social functions it’s a great way to meet people…. My biggest inspiration is a 96 year old “salsera” (female salsa dancer) who claims salsa has kept her youthful & popular!”
At the age of 14 he was asked to model for Flowers Ultd., a teenage fashion group that attracted broad media attention in Washington, DC. While attending Morgan State University, although he had no formal training, he was recruited by the campus dance troupe. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Harrison moved to East Orange, NJ, to work for IBM, but after two months he resigned to follow his heart, determined to become a professional dancer.
He took his first formal dance classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center at the age of 21 (which was “old” in dance speak). With two years of intensive training in ballet, modern, and jazz, he auditioned for Rick Odums, then Artistic Director of Chamber Dance Group. While a member of Chamber, he also danced with the companies of modern/jazz icon Fred Benjamin & innovative modern choreographer Rod Rodgers. During the next decade his dance career took him across Canada, throughout the Caribbean and to western Africa.
Harrison added acting and singing to his studies, becoming a triple threat performer, which led to his performing on Broadway and touring in the King & I, starring Yul Brynner and Rudolf Nureyev, respectively. He also toured with singing sensation Patti LaBelle in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and later in the Broadway bound production of House of Flowers.
Harrison’s co-starring film debut was in the 1997 feature “Dirty Laundry” with Academy Award nominee Tess Harper and TV/film/radio personality Jay Thomas, followed by roles on television and the NYC and national stage.
After hanging up his dancing shoes, he taught jazz dance at the Ailey school and continues to act and sing on stage. Ten years went by before he realized how much he missed dancing and took up ballroom. He enrolled in an intensive teacher training program at Stepping Out Studios & received certification to teach six dance styles at the basic level — waltz, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, rumba, and SALSA! Afterwards, he competed in International Latin Ballroom for a year, winning numerous competitions before taking a three year break to study interior design at FIT. He currently studies under salsa masters Nelson Flores & Nicholas Messina, and he continues to dance just for the love of it every week.
Since 1990, Bob Waldman has written and/or produced for every type of scripted non-fiction television program , from the Grand Opening of EuroDisney to the Investigation Discovery crime series, Redrum, on which he is currently Senior Story Producer/Writer. Before writing dramatic recreations featuring horrible people, Bob wrote and produced over 35 episodes of A&E’s Biography series including Sid Caesar, William Shatner, Ben Stiller, Marlo Thomas and Don Imus, among others, who were mostly not horrible (except for Saddam Hussein).
At CBS News Productions, he created the critically acclaimed Legendary Hangouts for the Food Network and TV Land Moguls for TV Land. As a writer-producer in the documentary unit at CNBC, he earned Emmy nominations for Game On! An Unauthorized History of Video Games and Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time. He also received a CableAce Award for Turner Classic Movie’s very first original documentary, Inside the Dream Factory.
Bob’s encyclopedic knowledge of television history landed him his first job in TV as a researcher on the CBS 50th Anniversary Specials after telling producer Alexander Cohen everything he never wanted to know about Dobie Gillis.
Throughout his career, Bob has mentored aspiring writers and producers. One of them recently wrote, “Bob made me fall in love with the magic and the craft of television. I don’t think there is anyone else who is so passionate about what TV can do.”
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