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May  2008                                                                                   Louise Reichlin & Dancers

Desio's memory continues-
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As many of you know, Alfred Desio passed away on February 14, 2007. As both his wife and creative partner, this has been an unusual time - I almost used the word transitional, but that would not be accurate as Alfred's presence and work will always be part of mine.

Since his death, some of Alfred's tributes include the Lester Horton special award for Excellence in Teaching last May, as well as in August "The Kennedy Advocate of the Art of Tap Dance Award" at the 5th Annual 2007 Los Angeles Tap Festival for his contribution of Teaching, Performing, and Innovations in Technology.

This Saturday, another tribute to Alfred will be added on our programs at the Madrid Theatre. I realized I had missed adding a number of people who had written after his death to our e-mail list, so for those of you who have received this, please forgive me for the repetition. For those of you who are getting an e-News from us for the first time, please click to our web site and recent newsletters for the complete program. The tap portion is accented below and in our newsletter. At the end is the complete program and details.
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Desio's Tribute credits:
Tap shoes logo: Los Angeles Times
Portrait: Russel Baer
Group: Linton Morgan
Channing: Paul Antico
Hiroshi: Alfred Desio

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Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio
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The performance at the Madrid Theatre will include a Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio. On the left is a photo of Alfred Desio the summer before he became ill, and on the right is Alfred centered in the back row, and left to right beginning with Gina Nicholson, Channing Cook Holmes, the legendary Harold Nicholas, M'saada Nia, and  Ayeisha Morgan taken around the time of the "Brandenburg Boogie" premiere, April 21, 1994. Alfred and Harold have passed on, but the others are alive and quite well. In the tribute to Afred section, two of those dancers Channing Cook Holmes and M'saada Nia will be performing, along with some of the students who studied with Alfred more recently and are now studying with Hiroshi Hamanishi (pictured below) at the Colburn School . He has staged some of Alfred older works on the students who include Rachel Rosenbaum and Joshua Villanueva. Louise Reichlin will also show some video footage of Alfred solo with both traditional and Tap-Tronic(tm) work, and possibly some of his group choreography. In our newsletter is a section "Desio's Memory Continues" with news of activities on his behalf. Go there to read about it. And more about Channing (below left) and Hiroshi (below right). The hard copy version is in the mail. If you would like to receive our ground mails, please go to our web site and e-mail to be added to that mailing list in the future.
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Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ LA Choreographers & Dancers
The Reality Series (Premiere), an interactive dance/multimedia work.  Audience members volunteer and propel the work as it unfolds. Some participate on stage, others watch from their seats.

"The Shampoo" "Los(t) Angeles" "Identity"
Also excerpts from "The Tennis Dances" including "Harem" not seen since 1999.
Plus Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio.

Where:    Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park CA 91303
When:     Saturday, May 10, 2008, 2 performances @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
Tickets:   $25, $20 general, $20, $15 DRC/senior/student
Box Office:    818-347-9938 or click here for on-line orders
Low-priced group sales:    213-385-1171
Videos at: click here for Reichlin on You/Tube

Please contact us if you would like more information about anything you see here or in the on-line Newsletter Spring 2008. Besides articles about our performances and activities, there is also info about the Southern CA Dance Directory (490 companies at press time), auditions (coming up on May 18 and June 1), and our fundors.  Here is direct link for last season's online Education Notes '07, this season's  Education Notes '07-'08, and last year's newsletters. To learn more about our activities in general and our premiere "The Reality Series", please visit our company web site.
Louise Reichlin, Director
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/
Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers