Alfred Desio began using his invention Tap-Tronics(tm) in concerts in 1982. A few of his reviews follow:
"Desio, a Broadway vet, is probably the most inventive tapper in the business. He devised an electronic system that allows the dancer to produce all kinds of musical and percussive sounds with his feet, just as a keyboardist would play an electronic keyboard. Now having perfected this system, he is still inventing new ways to use it...One of Desio's most appealing attributes is the pleasure he seems to get from his dancing. It's contagious! Everyone feels a little better about things after sharing one of his performances." Helen Peppard, Daily Variety
"What made Zapped Taps special, apart from the sheer excellence of the dancing, was Mr. Desio's innovation, Tap-Tronics. In this concept, each dancer uses electronically amplified tap shoes. Transducer microphones in a tapper's shoes are wired to a transmitter either hand-held or places in a pants pocket. The tap sounds are relayed to a receiver and can go through special effects modules, a number of synthesizers and other electronic equipment. There is a special effect due to performance: the music is developed and changed by the dancer at the moment that the dance takes place. Basic elements include the tap sounds, any electronic devices and the material that the composer has pre-programmed into the sequence." Marlene Harding, Show Business, New York
All choreography and tap-tronics copywritten by Alfred Desio/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers. It may not be used without permission.
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