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Richard & Laurie Collett

Theatrical Ballroom Dance Champions, Performers, Adjudicators

Richard and Laurie Collett are ballroom dance champions, performers, and owners of Rhapsody Ballroom, Tampa, FL. They are undefeated US Amateur Open to the World Theatrical Champions from 1999-2003 and US Amateur National Cabaret Champions from 2002-2003. They are former Triple Crown Champions, Southeast Regional Champions in Cabaret & American Smooth, and finalists in American Smooth and Standard ballroom dancing at the Ohio Star Ball, US DanceSport Championships, and US National Amateur Championships.

Since turning professional in Sept. 2003, Richard & Laurie Collett have been US representatives and finalists at the 2003 Invitational World Professional Exhibition Championships held in the Netherlands, 2003 Southeastern States Theatrical Champions, Grand Finalists in the 2004 US Open Cabaret/Showdance Championships, and 2004/2006 Triple Crown Theatrical Champions (the only couple in 31 years to win that title both as amateurs and as professionals).

Richard and Laurie Collett specialize in Theatre Arts and Cabaret, but have also held championship titles in American Smooth, Rhythm, International Standard and Latin.

The Colletts' innovative choreography, showy and musical style, and dramatic portrayals of classical and popular themes have brought them many invitations to perform both nationwide and abroad. Notable roles include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Miss Saigon, Fire and Ice, Carmen, Spartacus, Rhapsody in Blue, Whatever Lola Wants, The Woman at the Well, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Their special passion is dancing to Christian music and themes, often to lyrics Laurie has written and recorded.

Richard amd Laurie Collett have given live solo performances in Russia, Japan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Holland & Italy; at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, St. Petersburg Coliseum, Ringling Performing Arts Center, Ryman Auditorium Grand Old Opry, Straz, Mahaffey Theatre, van Wezel, and Charles Eisemann Performing Arts Center. While dancing with the US Professional American Style Team tour of Russia, they were televised throughout Russia and danced to live audiences of 5000 in Moscow & 8000 in Leningrad.

Richard and Laurie Collett's TV appearances include interviews & competition dancing on the Learning Channel documentary, “The Secret World of Ballroom Dancing;” 2006 documentary “Swing has Sprung;” PBS special "Evening of Championship Dancing;" "Daytime;" & news & talk shows. In 2003 they were featured solo dancers with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra led by Erich Kunzel and also the Sarasota Orchestra. From 2007-2009, Richard and Laurie participated in "Celebrity Dancing in Tampa Bay", where ten professionals and ten local celebrities "competed" to raise money for The Spring of Tampa Bay.  In 2014 they performed in front of 2000 people at the Ryman Auditorium (the original "Grand Ole Opry") in Nashville. In season 7 of America's Got Talent, they were one of 300 acts selected from 150,000 auditions to perform for the celebrity judges.  
Richard Collett, a retired Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, is a real estate manager and Laurie Barclay Collett is a retired neurologist, consultant, and writer for WebMD/Medscape and other clients. Their son Brendan is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of South Florida Honors College in June 2011 and is now a vice president for Citicorp.

Richard and Laurie Collett are available for shows and championship adjudicating and are certified as judges in all 5 styles. They are also  accomplished MCs and dance commentators, and Laurie is a solo singer and gives lectures offering medical and holistic perspectives on DanceSport and on the art of ballroom dancing.
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Contact us at the Rhapsody Ballroom, home of great ballroom & Latin dancing in Tampa, FL! Cell: 813-220-1143; Email: rhapsodyballroom@aol.com
Watch recent videos of Richard & Laurie Collett performing Theatre Arts:


Richard & Laurie Collett
"Fire & Ice"
Southeastern United States Championship


Richard & Laurie Collett: "Marilyn Monroe"
Hong Kong Performance