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December 30  2014                                                                          Louise Reichlin & Dancers 

Have a joyous holiday by watching the performance of The Better To Bite You With above. Just click on the photo.

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looking inward...

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Our New Year's message is a little longer as we grow a little more seasoned. Please help us continue...and share some of our history and philosophy.


-looking backward...looking inward...looking forward


I rarely examine our company's past and try to keep in the present or look forward- but we have reached our 35th birthday, so it bears some looking back. The 1st performance for us was at the 1st Dance Kaleidoscope at the Anson Ford Theater in 1979 under our company name. We performed my work The Tennis Dances, first shown at USC earlier that year. Then Alfred Desio, my late husband, created one of his thoughtful forward looking works for solo tap dancer and instant replay tap duet with himself at an International Tap Festival at UCLA later that summer. That fall at USC we combined our works at the 1st concert under both our names and under our non-profit title, Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers. Multiple performances that season under the city's LA Street Scene and Garden Theater Festival and the first of 50 school performances that year under the LAUSD's Intergroup Cultural Awareness Program (ICAP) followed. It took two years to get our first public funding, but we were on our way! For more about our history with photos, please go to this part of our website.


-looking inward...


We wanted to create high-quality, innovative concert work, communicate to a diverse audience by infusing dance with the cultural influences found in LA, and to enlarge an educated dance audience in populations typically underexposed to the arts, especially youth. Between us, we created more than 100 new works. We decided on using Los Angeles in the title as we wanted to produce not only my modern and Alfred's tap works, including a number of those that blended both disciplines, but also wanted to offer others an opportunity to have their work produced. In our early New Works Dance Festivals we produced works for 26 choreographers using our dancers. When the company focus changed to concentrate on just our works, I was able to continue this with the Dance At Brand series, city of Glendale, presenting 5 companies each year for 4 years, and most recently with the TriArt Festival, where I begun as Dance Coordinator in 2008, the Artistic Director and Producer in 2012, each year curating a program of 19-20 dance companies. Our company also has co-produced two dance showcases for the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), each with up to 20 companies. I also realized that just creating the works was not enough...they had to resonate great quality, and that we needed to take our quality dance to presenters including cities and theaters, and also into schools, where we could impact young people. We are dedicated to the belief that art is a key to the development of an empowered and engaged individual. We understand the arts offer the students an anchor of personal expression, a source of motivation, and a model to deal with life. It helps students not only with their sequential studies, but also to understand the world better and find a place in it. Last year we worked with more than 25,000 students. Performances in festivals and museums both in Los Angeles and New York allowed 40,000 people to see us for free.


-looking forward


Our company wants to continue what we began, always hoping that each new work will be inspiring and of excellent quality, with our dancers. We want to celebrate our 35th year in a theater TBA this spring. We want to continue our school residencies that are acknowledged as highest quality educational experiences and to continue in a newer area this year with the REACH Demonstration Project (currently regranted through CHC from the Center for Disease Control), which is a health project through creating new afterschool programs that affect the physical health of people in the South LA area where we do so much of our work.


With your help we can continue and thrive with a tax-deductible donation this year. Please 


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Or send a check to our street address: 351 S. Virgil Ave, Los Angeles CA 90020. And thank you for your continued support.


Louise Reichlin, Director


PS- The original black & white "Louise Dancing" t-shirts with the "Zapped Taps" on the back are back in stock in S, M, L, and XL on both black and white shirts. 


See how to get them on our "Make an individual donation" page.



smtanyastretchfdhs.jpg You can also SHOP at Amazon with our "Smile". Get all the same discounts, but Amazon gives our non-profit a donation of 0.5% of your purchase!!! A win win situation.    
or get to that page by clicking on the photo above of Tonya teaching at one of our schools from the ICEF District during a Los Angeles County Arts For All partnership several years ago. We are currently working with their district at several others of their elementary and middle schools.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to you for your support!
Please continue to contribute and consider raising the amount if you are able. We are so close to the end of this year's donation time. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and DCA City of Los Angeles grants are all matching grants, and projects this season included the TriArt Festival in September,  free school performances in the Valley and in Mark Ridley-Thomas's LA County Supervisor's District, and our ongoing educational and performance projects. We are part of the REACH Demonstration Project which needs funds for it to continue after this year. Ask us about the project!!

Our school activities are in many places, and those  funded by Don Knabe's Educational Partnership Grant need matching funds. New funds from you can take us to any location in LA or 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


LA C&D Board Members


Louise Reichlin, Joanne DiVito, Betty Castaneda, Hiroshi Hamanishi, Loretta Zerby, Tamara Shayne Kagel, Aliza Lesser
LA C&D 2014-2015 Dancers
Kirby Harrell, Coree McKee, Steven Nielsen, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Tonya Vivian, Kistina Pressler, Roman Bykov

Patchwork Girl duo photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie

Arts For All photo: Los Angeles County Arts Commission: