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EDUCATION VIEW Oct. 2011                                                        Louise Reichlin & Dancers 

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Welcome to our October Education
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    Upcoming Events


"Dance at the Stone House"

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz"

(LA performances & NY tour)



Upcoming Events- Both Free & Matching Funds Opportunities for Schools


We have some great opportunities coming up for schools to take advantage of, including two free and additional matching funds activities that add to our regular CA standards based offerings. Above are two of our former dancers that many of you met if we worked with your school- with the boxing gloves is Tamara Kagel, now an attorney and on the LA C&D Board, and Sung-Yun Park, just starting her own family. 


Free Event- "Dance at the Stone House" 

This year we will be performing our 5th Annual Dance at the Stone House on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:30 am and 12 noon. This interactive event uses 5 of our dancers and 60-80 fourth-sixth graders for each performance/ workshop. We are looking for schools to take part in the Dance at the Stone House. If your school is interested in signing up, contact Louise Reichlin right away as space is very limited via email or via phone at 213-385-1171. 


This event is also free and open to the general public. Please see the article below, the  "Dance at the Stone House" pdf, or our company homepage for the most current information. 


Matching Funds Opportunity 

We are pleased to announce that we have again received a Don Knabe Educational Partnership grant. If you are in County District 4 (Bellflower, Diamond Bar, Downey, Hacienda Heights, La Habra Heights, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Paramount, Playa del Rey, San Pedro, South Whittier, Torrance, Westchester, Whittier, Wilmington, and a few others), we do have matching grants available! We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Los Nietos Unified, and they have received an Arts For All education grant towards this.  


Dance with us in The Patchwork Girl of Oz

When we perform The Patchwork Girl of Oz at the Frida Kahlo Theatre on Dec. 3 and 4, there will be 26 students in the roles of the Joking Horners and the Champion Hoppers. To have us come to your school to teach the dances in two or three workshops, download the pdf for details.  


More photos below including one of the students who premiered the full Patchwork Girl of Oz when it was done in 2002.
Quick Moves
Upcoming Event: Free & Matching Funds Events
Upcoming Event: Dance at the Stone House
Upcoming Event: The Patchwork Girl of Oz
A look back at 2010-2011 Educational Activities
Special Thanks
Quick Links
Photo Credits
Join our Mailing List!
Opportunities for Schools
Please contact us if you'd like us to work at your school this season with residencies or single activities including performances, professional development, and student workshops. You can contact Louise Reichlin via email or via phone at 213-385-1171.gulf2 weight


Above photos: From residencies at Gulf El. in the LAUSD (top photo) and at Jefferson El. in the Paramount USD (bottom photo) through a matching grant courtesy of Don Knabe. 

Upcoming Event- "Dance at the Stone House" in November


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Above: Angelina Prendergast & Sung-Yun Park with Plainview El at last year's Dance at the Stone House.


This year we will be performing our 5th Annual Dance at the Stone House on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:30 am and 12 noon. This site-specific work uses audience participation to design a dance based on the unusual architecture and art that is the Sun Valley Youth Arts Center.


Built in 1925, the building, designated as a City Cultural Historical monument, has been transformed into a first-of-its-kind art education center in the East San Fernando Valley. This piece is the first of Reichlin's interactive The Reality Series, where the audience becomes aware of elements around us often overlooked.


This interactive event uses 5 dancers and 60-80 fourth-sixth graders for each performance-workshop. We are now looking for schools to take part in the Dance at the Stone House. 


If your school is interested in signing up, please contact Louise Reichlin right away as space is very limited via email or via phone at 213-385-1171. The event is also free and open to the general public so call us for reservations.


For a Review/blog about the 2009 performance, please visit DanceInLA, Anna Reed, writer.


See photos from last year, November 2010. Download the flyer for 2011!! 


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Above: Students, inspired by animal sculptures, improvise at last year's Dance at the Stone House

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Above: Students are both performers and audience members as they learn to bow.

Upcoming Event- "The Patchwork Girl of Oz"  LA performances & NY tour

 We will be performing The Patchwork Girl of Oz 

in Los Angeles in December and touring it to New York in January!

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 Above: Natalie Pausch, Steven Nielsen, & Wil-son Wiliams during our 2004 performance.


Los Angeles

What     2 full, matinee performances
When    Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2011 at 2:00 pm both days 

Where   We will be presented by Grupo de Teatro Sinergia and Frida Kahlo Theater. 

             The Frida Kahlo Theater is an intimate space with oversized, plushy seats 

             and lots of free parking! The Frida Kahlo Theater is located in Echo Park 

             at 2332 W. 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057. 

Tickets  Tickets now on sale.  Information on on site  

or buy on the Frida Kahlo website. 


New York 

What     Full, matinee performance & invited run through

When    Friday, January 6th, 2012 at evening (run through)           

             Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 2 pm (performance)

Where   Long Island Children's Museum Theater

Tickets  TBA


What     Showcasing short excerpts at APAP  

            (as a guest artist with Jodi Kaplan's Booking Dance)

When    Sometime between January 7th-10th (exact time TBA)

Where   Alvin Ailey Theater 

Tickets  Admission is complimentary for all APAP attendees.


About "The Patchwork Girl of Oz"

Adapted from the original children's classic by L. Frank Baum, creator of The Wizard of Oz, the dance/multimedia work The Patchwork Girl of Oz has packed houses in 4 states. This magical, modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of a young boy named Ojo as he goes on a quest to bring his uncle (who has been turned into marble) back to life. Along the way he makes new friends, including the marvelously contemporary Patchwork Girl, and learns the importance of working together as part of a community. Although the original book was written in 1913, its values of cooperation, family, friendship, respect for all life, and most importantly self-reliance are still important almost 100 years later.


The piece includes ten fantastical dances, woven together with multimedia, music, and narration that help tell the story. This show is perfect for parents and children to attend together. While young viewers will be delighted by the magical world of Oz and Ojo's adventures, adults will enjoy the imaginative combination of jubilant dancing and choreography, lively and exotic music, sophisticated multimedia imagery and fabulous costumes. Beverly Hills Outlook raved, "The choreography uses a wonderfully playful approach... the music a delightful surprise... along with sophisticated multimedia."


Looking for Schools & Presenters

Would you like to present us at your school or performing arts center? Ideally, we are looking for presenters and schools located in Los Angeles to present us in December 2011, as well as presenters and schools on the east coast near the Long Island Children's Museum (including NY, PA, NJ) to present our performance sometime in the first two weeks of January 2012.


Would you like to perform in The Patchwork Girl of Oz? Do you have 4th-6th graders in your organization that would like to participate? The Patchwork Girl of Oz can include 26 dance participants from your community as part of this interactive production! The students become the characters of the Joking Horners and the Hoppers, two groups of Oz inhabitants about to wage war over a joke. 


For more information, download the flyer and contact Louise Reichlin via  email or via phone at 213-385-1171.



Above: The "joking Horners" (students from John Muir El.) wait in the dressing room to go on in for the California premier of The Patchwork Girl of Oz at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica in 2002. 

A look back at 2010-2011- Educational Activities

This past year we provided a range of services and activities to schools. Our earliest school residencies included The Tennis Dances and Multicultural Dances. Since then we have provided our critically acclaimed Dance at the Stone House, and for the first time ever, we created study guides for The Better to Bite You With



Above: We returned to Chase El in the LAUSD this year teaching 5 cultural dances. We work with 5 different classes, 3 times each. They teach their dance to the other classes in their grade level. The photo pictures the last rehearsal where we go back once this has happened to troubleshoot. They research costumes and do a fabulous job teaching the material, finally performing for their annual International Dance Day. This type of Professional Development (PD) for teachers and their students is one PD we offer featured on the revised LA County for Arts Education website. Please click here for a direct link to the web site.  

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our government agencies and private supporters. For the whole list please visit our funding page.



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Upcoming events in the next months include: 
      "Dance at the Stone House" (11/16)
     "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" performance in Los Angeles (12/3-4)
     "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" tour to New York (1/6-8)


Our Dancers:

Steven Nielsen, Angelina Prendergast, Angela Tordaro, Zsolt Banki, Jen Hunter, Bekah Spurgeon, Elizabeth Poinsette, Jonathan Mercer, Lindsay Marquino, and Louise Reichlin


Videos of Louise Reichlin & Alfred Desio:

click here for Reichlin on You/Tube 


click here for Desio on You/Tube 


Please contact us if you would like more information about anything you see here.




Louise Reichlin, Director

Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers