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August E-news  2013                                                                          Louise Reichlin & Dancers 


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The Baggage Project Tap Dance Widows Club
* Western Arts Alliance Conference & Showcase Next Week

* TriArt Lineup Announced

*New Funding for Educational
Residencies for our company
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Western Arts Alliance Conference & Showcase Next Week
 A clip from
Tap Dance Widows Club as it blends into a live dance section. It showcases Tues. 8/27 at 8:34 pm.
The Western Arts Alliance meets in Los Angeles from August 27-30th this year. Attending will be 13 Western States of presenters, and artists and agents from all over the world. We will again have our own booth #534. Please come visit us there if you attend the conference. Also attending, and showcasing, are many of the Dance Resource of Greater LA members. The companies, curated by a distinguished dance panel, include 20 of many dance genres. The LA Dance Showcase at the Moss Theater (at New Roads School) plays on August 27 from 8-11 pm. We will be performing excerpts from Tap Dance Widows Club at 8:34 pm. The showcase is produced by Invertigo and by Louise Reichlin/LA Choreographers & Dancers, and is also open to the general public. For WAA attendees, its free, and has free shuttles from the Hyatt and free food and drinks. The great news is that it is also open to the public for an affordable $15. For tickets and information on all the companies click on the official LA Dance Showcase website.In "Tap Dance Widows Club" from the Baggage Project the work brings together multiple dance forms in a unique multimedia piece using the power of Dance and is an inside story from 30's Hollywood to now. Alfred Desio's widow Louise Reichlin, Jon Zerby's widow Loretta, and Fayard Nicholas' widow Katherine Hopkins met to share memories, photos, and videos of their well-known husbands. Their conversations about moving forward without their husbands' physical presence were both hilarious and moving; this became the audio for the transformative work. The 50' work created by Louise Reichlin has film, live dance, and digital art. Curated as one of 7 national works selected by Dance USA for their 20-20 Vision in June 2012, it was officially premiered in November 2012. We hope to find presenters for the work, so we can tour it next year. The excerpts include historic footage from early films and videos, and live dance, both modern and tap, from the moving piece.    On Wed night at 10:28, we showcase media and dance from The Patchwork Girl of Oz at Los Angeles Ballet Center. This work has toured to enthusiatic houses in six states.

Thirteen companies show their repertory from 8-12 August 28. This one is for WAA attendees only. Again, go to the official LA Dance Showcase website for a complete schedule.  To see trailers for both showcases, go to  dance showcase video/Moss Theater and dance showcase video/LA Ballet Center. There will be complementary gourmet food truck food (free for WAA attendees) and free round-trip shuttles from the Hyatt in Century City to the venues running continuously from 7 on.  Please put both incredible showcases on your calendar now.

TriArt SP Festival Lineup for Sept 21 & Sept 22, 2013
We had a record number of companies apply to the festival this year, and we selected 14 professional and 6 pre and post professional groups. We feel it is important for us to see that next wave coming in, and for them to connect with professionals. We are thrilled to announce the following times & companies:


Sat. 9/21/13


1:05     Cortines High School Dance Company

1:15     Maha and Company

1:20     ACFCLA (Artist Community for Change LA)

1:45     Jazz Roots Dance Company

2:15     Laurin Chertudi and Dancers

2:30     LA Dance Co

3:00     Lula Washington Dance Theatre

3:30     Regina Klenjoski Dance Company

3:40     People's Place


Sun. 9/22/13


1:05     Degas Dance Studio (Performance Company)

1:15     San Pedro Ballet

1:25     Post Pros

1:30     ModArts Dance Collective

1:53     Antics  

2:13     Viva Panama Organization

2:30     Maura Townsend's Project21

2:40     Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ LA Choreographers & Dancers

3:10     Hiroshi Hamanishi - tap

3:30     Ruby Karen Project/ Orange County Aerial Arts

To see videos and read more about the companies, go to the official site The free family event of dance, music & crafts in the Ports O'Call Village on the waterfront! This will be its 7th year, the 3rd at this beautiful outside location on September 21 and 22. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our first Department of Cultural Affairs, City of LA, Festival Grant as well as a California Arts Council CPV  (Creating Places of Value) grant.    
For more information contact:

Louise Reichlin, Producer and Dance Director,

This year, as last, our partners include Alvas/ Matt Lincir, Spirit Cruises and Ports O'Call Restaurant/ Jayme Wilson, LA County District 4/Don Knabe Supervisor, and LA City District 15/ Joe Buscaino, Councilman. A major new sponsor is Rickenbacker Guitars. New this year will be previews. We already had one at People's Place San Pedro during the city's 125th Birthday Fest. Next comes one at Crafted, also at the Port of Los Angeles  (1 pm) on Sept. 7. There will also be a preview at Alvas on Sept. 13 (7:30 pm). Like the actual festival on Sept 21 and 22, everything is free to the public. Besides the new grants for the dance portions,  we have been awarded an LA County Music in Public Places grant for Louis Beltran Latin Jazz Group. Music groups will be announced in our next issue. For an advance look, go the, under music.

The SAN PEDRO ♥ TRI ART Festival is produced by Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers in conjunction with People's Place San Pedro, Blue Water Green Earth,and Freshboks Music.

New Funding for Educational Residencies for our company
Schools in the Valley - in LA Council Districts 2, 3, 6, 7, and 12 - We have received a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs for 2 free residencies. Please contact us right away for details!!!

We are pleased to announce we have received another grant from Don Knabe's Arts Education Partnership, and this is again a matching one. Schools in his LA  County District (San Pedro, Wilmington, Lomita, Torrance) contact us to get us on your schedule!thank you from student
We Begin a new school year with ICEF District
& New Afterschool programs with LA's Best
This month we began five curriculum dance classes a day at the Lou Dantzler MS under the ICEF District banner. Our teachers are excited to be in a  school with a dance room with mirrors and barres and wonderfully eager students. Teaching there currently are Tonya Vivian, Steven Nielsen, Kistina Pressler, Dustin Ripkens, and Laurie Huff. Meanwhile, Angela Todaro and Elizabeth Ann Poinsette prepare for two new schools with LA's Best including Rosa Parks El and Valley View, both Elementary Schools in the LAUSD.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to you for your support!
Please continue to contribute and consider raising the amount if you are able. The new Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the DCA City of Los Angeles, the CA Arts Council and the Don Knabe Arts Education grants are all matching grants, and go towards the TriArt Festival in September, the performances of Tap Dance Widows Club and the The Patchwork Girl of Oz in August, and new school residencies in the fall.  
We are grateful for recent school activities funded by Don Knabe's Educational Partnership Grant and by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, but your contributions can bring us to any location in LA or Santa Barbara County (or further). If you donate, you can help us get to your location!! Please visit our website to make your donation



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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


Duel photo: Paul Antico on left  

Next photo: Screen shot 'Tap Dance Widows Club'

Third photo down: The Patchwork Girl of Oz at Booking Dance/ Jazz at Lincoln Center, by Bill Hebert

Patchwork Girl photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie 

The Lark in the Morning from Celtic Suite: Dancer, Louise Reichlin, photo by Theodora Litsios