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Special notice - On February 14, 2007, Alfred Desio passed away, and an obituary notice about him and a celebration/memorial event has a link at Zapped Taps(tm)/Alfred Desio.

"Now in its second decade, Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers is one of the granddaddies of Los Angeles dance, and the seasoning shows in the quality of its presentations." (Variety)

Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers is a non-profit dance organization composed of two professional companies, Louise Reichlin & Dancers (modern) and Zapped Taps(tm)/Alfred Desio (tap). Because of Reichlin and Desio's long time personal and artistic association, the marriage of these two diverse forms under one company title was a natural association when the company was founded in 1979. Although the two companies performed and toured separately, we felt the diversity of the two dance forms has been an important element in introducing many new audience members to a dance experience. Our company has supported six major collaborations of the two dance forms. The company continues to carry out our mission to create high quality concert work opportunities for LA artists, to enrich and enlarge an educated dance audience.

Commended by the press as having a unified vision, Reichlin and Desio brought to LA C& D a vital agenda. In her most famous works The Tennis Dances and Urban and Tribal Dances, Reichlin uses metaphorical imagery and draws movement and music source material from different cultures, evoking the awareness that we are all related. Since 1996 works like The E-Mail Dances and The Patchwork Girl of Oz include dance, narration, and multimedia. Alfred Desio's background as a Broadway performer brought an entertaining edge to a highly experimental and innovative area - using Tap-Tronics(tm), an interactive electronic system he invented, which allowed Desio to play musical instruments through his taps.

Founded in 1979, we have had success while self-producing 48 performances. Each year we create new works while keeping an active repertoire alive with touring. LA C& D has had critical and audience support of over one half million in 2,500 sponsored performances and residency activities throughout Los Angeles, as well as additional touring in AZ, CA, CT, FL, ID, IL, HI, MD, MO, MT, NC, NM, NV, NY, PA, SC, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY and Washington DC where former NEA grant recipient Desio performed his Tap-Tronics(tm) by invitation of the Smithsonian Institute at the opening of their new Experimental Gallery. 2003 also included a week's tour in Mexico for Louise Reichlin & Dancers in Dream Scapes. We are just starting to update the web site to reflect Alfred Desio's passing. Reichlin continues to create new work with "The Reality Series" to premiere in 2008. The Board of Directors plans to continue Desio's Tap-Tronics(tm) and is interested in hearing from those interested in working with us on this project.

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More About LA C& D. If this is your first stop on our pages, I would also like to call your attention to our Current News & Performances page.

Our newest features are our newsletters including LA C& D Fall Newsletter 2008LA C& D Spring Newsletter 2008 LA C& D Education Notes 08, Education Notes 07 , Spring Into Summer 07 Newsletter, Newsletter 04-05, and quicktime videos. When you see the symbolafter an item in the list of links below it refers to either a new category or new information in a continuing category. To sign in or for information about these pages please contact Louise Reichlin at or call (213)385-1171. Or write us at 351 South Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90020-1315, USA

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Our activities are funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The events of this season are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The activities of this season are also made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Our programming is also made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. For more funding information of other contributors please see LA C& D Funding Page and to contribute to our non-profit, please go directly to our LA C& D Donations Page.

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