enrich. Since then we have also produced some of our most promising programming, including the unique, site-specific Dance At the Stone House and created a totally new family program - the entertaining and educational The Better to Bite You With. We also managed to do residency activities at multiple schools each year, often have three-four other schools bussed to our field trip offerings, and perform at major festivals and at new theatres.  In 2012 we premiered Tap Dance Widows Club from The Baggage Project. In 2014-2015 we celebrated our 35th anniversary, and premiered 4 new works, with Invasion and Call From the After Life following in 2015-2016. 2016-2017 includes the 2-part A Jewish Child’s Story.

We apply for numerous national, regional and private grants, and are exploring other sources of earned income, but are in dire need of support from individual and private donors like you, both to match funds we have already received, and to create new programs. Our confirmed government grants received so far this year are from the California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles, and County Supervisor Janice Hahn towards her Music in Public Places and the San Pedro Festival of the Arts (previously TriArt Festival).  But all government grants need to be matched. That’s where you come in.

Our programs have made a lasting difference in the lives of children and adults alike. We punch far above our modest funding level, having provided an average of several hundred programs, workshops and full performances annually for 38 years. Last season we served more than 25,000 underprivileged youth. In recent seasons, funds we received went towards our touring in schools (which needs more than ever your help), the REACH Demonstration Project (a one year after school project from the CDC through CHC), more free performances at the San Pedro Festival of the Arts, and the Lummis Day Festival. Currently, we are teaching curriculum classes in multiple school districts (see our News page).

A school administrator asked me with disbelief how the state of CA could give money to arts organizations in this financial climate. But in truth, the arts are so important they deserve to be a priority even in uncertain times. Well, in case you don't know, CA state arts funding actually comes mostly from license plates where an extra small fee goes directly to the arts. It's a way all of us can support ART, an area that allows us to look within ourselves and to each other, and relate to what we have in common as human beings. And it allows for an expression of that humanity. Data from The College Boards shows that students who take four years of arts and music classes while in high school score 103 points better on their SATs than students who take only one-half year or less, but to me the most important thing about the arts is that they open us up to creativity and thinking "outside the box." Art allows us to look within ourselves and to each other, and relate to what we have in common as human beings. It allows for an expression of that humanity - it supports young (and even not-so-young) people in creating their own place in our world. At the end of a workshop in central Los Angeles, a 2nd grade teacher said to me, "Today you were an inspiration to our students. They have never had the focus and motivation that you helped them find today - your words and movement examples have provided them with something I, their regular teacher, had never found for them during our (academic) classes."

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The Woozy and Ojo from Reichlin’s

The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Dancers are

Shannon Schwait and Adrienne Fisher.

Photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie


Donation Message from Louise

In difficult times, support for the arts is, unfortunately, often the quickest to dry up. Our company witnessed this first-hand in 2008-2009 when $60,000 of our contracts were cancelled by the LAUSD due to budget cuts that followed the superintendent's freeze on the Arts Community Partnership Network program and SB1131 funds.

Despite this, we have, with the support of people like you, fought hard to deliver on our commitment to produce new, creative forms of dance, and to expose youth to dance by using it as a tool to educate and

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Photos: Louise Reichlin     Above, from an after school residency at Felton Elementary School. Below left, from a curriculum residency at Manchester ES.