Richard was born in Sunbury, Victoria. He began his dance studies at the Classique School of Dance in Sunbury, learning jazz and tap. He initially took up ballet to help with his posture and placement in other dance styles. At twelve he was accepted to train at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, studying ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics and contemporary. In 2006 he was awarded a VCA scholarship to train at the Scottish School of Dance in Glasgow. He was accepted into The Australian Ballet School in 2008. While there he discovered a passion for choreography and was awarded the Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance. He toured with The Dancers Company in 2010 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2011.
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Richard loves walking his dog, Oscar.