Richard Powers is an instructor and dance historian at Stanford University's Dance Division. His research is drawn from a personal collection of over one thousand historic dance manuals, one of the largest personal collections in the world, supplemented with a twelve thousand-title collection of period dance music. He founded the Clifton Court Dancers in 1976 (Renaissance and Baroque dance) and the Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance in 1981. He choreographed and directed the 19th century ballroom dances for the Warner Bros./ABC film North and South (1985), choreographed the Victorian ballroom dances for the public television film Mrs. Perkins' Ball (1986), trained the dancers for the Tri-Star film Glory (1989) and choreographed ragtime dance for Faye Dunaway and Richard Widmark in Cold Sassy Tree (1989). Numerous stage choreographies include Bill Irwin's Scapin (1997), dance historian for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Titanic (1997), choreographies for Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shakespeare's King Henry VIII, Massenet's Cendrillon, Monteverdi's Madrigals of Love and War and Orfeo, Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict and choreographies for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution and taught at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and at Lincoln Center, N.Y. Richard was selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates (1992).