Zapped Taps, formerly Patanaxy, was an innovative tap company founded in 1979 by director Alfred Desio. The company’s repertoire featured both solo and ensemble work that utilized Desio’s invention Tap-tronics. Tap-tronics was featured on “The Today Show”, “Two On The Town”, and “NBC News”. Together with Louise Reichlin & Dancers, Zapped Taps was part of the non-profit Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, which presented both companies together in concerts and tours. In 2007 Alfred Desio passed away, but his work continues to be carried on by his students.
Director: Alfred Desio
Location: Los Angeles
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LAC&D Alfred Desio Website:
Photo Album by LAC&D:
Alfred Desio’s Youtube Channel:
Dunning, Jennifer. “Review/Dance; Stepping Loudly In a Mix of Movements.” New York Times, August 23, 1988.
Harding, Marlene. “Dance Review: Alfred Desio ‘Zapped Taps.’” Show Business, August 19, 1987.
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