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March 2012                                                                             Louise Reichlin & Dancers 


From a school performance at Nelson El 

Alive and Kicking
The Patchwork Girl of Oz in LA and New York
Teaching & performing in Schools





Just Past: The Patchwork Girl of Oz in LA & NY
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As Director & Narrator, Louise Reichlin is mostly offstage.

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At the Frida Kahlo Theatre in December, this scene is near the beginning. That dark image at Dorothy's feet is her dog Toto. Rubén Amavizca-Murúa not only presented us, but he also took photos and had the production video taped for us. A big thank you to him!  
Quick Moves
At the airport - almost on our way to NY
Daily Teaching and Residencies...
Some of the Residency Activities at Nelson El
After school and High School classes
Special Thanks
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At the airport - almost on our way to NY


beginning of the trip 

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On top: Waiting at LAX before our flight to New York.


At the Long Island Children's museum: Louise before the performance with some from the fabulous group of students the Long Island Children's Museum brought in to work with us (these are Hoppers) from a group called Aspiring Young Artists, and last, all of us taking a bow on the museum stage. Special thanks to Jim Packard, our host at the venue. Besides being the theater manager who presented us, he also did our lighting there and directs plays that come out of the museum. What an amazing museum and a fun place both to do a performance  and to play in their exhibits in our spare moments! 


Above in bow: Louise Reichlin, Jen Hunter, Steven Nielsen, Elizabeth Poinsetta, Zsolt Banki, Angelina Prendergast, Bekah Spurgeon, Angela Todaro, and Lindsay Marquino. For more photos of LA & NY performances including more of the dancing students and of our dancers in the Ailey Dressing rooms, please go to the LA C&D News page. We are working on getting an excerpt of one of the showcase performances that we did there into a youtube video - to come in the future. The showcase was well-produced by Jodi Kaplan Booking Dance   


Special thanks to an ARC Grant to Louise Reichlin from the Center For Cultural Innovation
(CCI) as well as a Creative Capacity Fund Grant towards this project for the first New York performance of The Patchwork Girl of Oz at both the Long Island Children's Museum and showcases at the Alvin Ailey Theater during the APAP conference. Besides helping add some new media (by digital artist Audri Phillips) and take a technical person (Ricky Moreno) on tour, it added Louise to a roster for the United States Artists website. Look soon for our announcement of a special project through this.  

Daily Teaching and Residencies
Some of the Residency Activities at Nelson El in Los Nietos School District  
We have just completed Part I of an educational dance residency through the Los Nietos School District. It was with 80 6th grade students at Los Nietos Elementary School, and funded by grant to Los Angeles Choregraphers & Dancers through the Don Knabe Educational Partnership and to the Los Nietos School District by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts For All program; also by the district itself. This is the 2nd year we have worked with this district. Below, and at the very top of this column, are photos of the residency by Alvin Ligh, the teacher from the school who worked with us there. They include some of the costume design class taught by our costumer Linda Borough, and some from the actual performances just several weeks ago.




After School and High School classes  

We are pleased to again be partnering with the Hollywood Arts Council for after school classes. We just finished a series of eight sessions at Selma Elementary in Hollywood. Our teachers there are Angelina Prendergast, Elizabeth Poinsetta, Angela Todaro and Bekah Spurgeon.

We are pleased to be partnering for the first time with the ICEF Public Schools and are teaching 10 classes a week for the Frederick Douglass Academy HS the entire semester. We have created a curriculum that includes modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and specific cultures. The students have already performed during Black History Week with some dance history including the 20's Lindy Hop through today's hip-hop influenced dances. Our teachers there are Steven Nielsen, Louise Reichlin and M'saada Nia.

Our teachers for the curriculum residency at Nelson in Los Nietos SD are Louise Reichlin assisted by Angela Todaro.

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 phone at 213-385-1171.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to you for your support! Please continue to contribute and consider raising the amount if you are able. The budget for our New York tour was one of the highest project budgets we have ever strived to meet. Our school activities need matching funds. Soon we will be announcing more education residencies and a late spring season. Please visit our website to make a donation.



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