Bob Carroll was a featured soloist and company member with Rhapsody In Taps from 1994-2011, originating many roles in large scale choreographies by Artistic Director, Linda Sohl-Ellison, and performing his phenomenal and completely improvised tap solos -- fleet footwork that explored poetic, introspective, and playful themes, but inevitably pushed along like a sweeping current, astounding audiences with rapid 16th note phrasing and whimsy.
Bob Carroll had a lengthy tap career that began in his youth, tapping in film, television and stage productions. His mentor was the late Louis DaPron. Bob was nominated numerous times for LA's Lester Horton Dance Award for Best Male Soloist. He worked as a tap coach/advisor for 20th Century Fox Studios and with many noted choreographers including Heather Cornell, Alfred Desio, Twyla Tharp, Don Chrichton and Debbie Allen. Bob was a former member and soloist with Manhattan Tap and was part of the original cast and touring company of Caution: Men at Work Tap. Bob Carroll taught workshops in the U.S. and Japan and performed for a brief time as a member of the rock and roll tap show, Scuffed Up.
Bob enjoyed playing drums, and was a nature lover and outdoorsman. In 2012 he moved from LA to Colorado and took a break from tap dancing. He loved family, hiking, camping, and traveling, and he recently completed a lengthy solo west coast biking/camping trip and international travels. Rhapsody In Taps and the entire tap community mourn the loss of Bob Carroll, a beautiful human being with a great sense of humor, and brilliant tap artist who shared his talents in such a generous way with the world.
A recent article written in Los Angeles Times.