Richard’s dance is fused with the influences of Caribbean rhythms and traditions. His training in Katherine Dunham technique at the Alvin Ailey Dance School is incorporate d in the principles of alignment with the vocabulary of Caribbean dance.
Richard Gonzalez is acclaimed for his inspirational classes. As a choreographer, musician, and performer, he is nationally recognized as a premiere interpreter of Afro-Caribbean folkloric and contemporary dance. As a master teacher of Afro-Caribbean and contemporary dance forms his dance teaching and choreography exhibit the strong ethnic fusion of African, Spanish, and Taino cultural influences presence in Caribbean dance.
During his 25 year career Baba Richard has shared the stage with world renowned artists such as Maria Albas, Al Perryman, Madame Lavinia Williams, Patrice Soriero, Miriam Greeves, Arthur Hall, Sara Yarborough, Isadoro “Caridad” Torres among others.
Baba Richard Gonzalez has participated in numerous dance festivals such as the Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Workshop (2007-2008), New Orleans Dance Festival (2001-2007), Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival (2006), International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference (2006), Urban Bush woman Summer Intensive (2007), Bates Dance Festival (1995-2001), Mark Morris Dance group (2005), Alvin Ailey Dance Extension (2005-2008), Djoniba Drum and Dance Center (1992-2008), and many other.
Baba Richard has received numerous awards including the Vermont “Artists Fellowship and Residence Award”, the 1996-98 Hostos “Ethnic Dance Award”, and the New York City “2005 Outstanding Achievement Award”, honoring his continuous contribution to dance in education and community outreach throughout the United States and the Caribbean.