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The Writing’s on the Wall…

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87 Responses

  1. Denise Delgado-Torres
    Denise Delgado-Torres February 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm ·

    To anyone who danced with Lilly Aguilar, Blanca, or my mother Rosemarie, please contact me!! I have sooooo many photos of dancers- most I do know but there are many that I don’t!

  2. Denise Delgado-Torres
    Denise Delgado-Torres February 29, 2020 at 3:15 pm ·

    Debbie Kay no my grandmother, Lilly Aguilar passed in early 80s. I would love to see film that you found!

    TRINA PARKS December 18, 2018 at 9:16 pm ·

    The first choreographer I danced with, in 1956, was Olatunji Baba Tunji, in Harlem, NY. The next was Katherine Dunham 1964, to ’66, ending in Paris, Fr. Tally Beatty, Geoffrey Holder, Eleo Parmare, Donald McKayle, Lester Wilson & Anna Sokolow, were some of the iconic choreographers, I subsequently danced with, or in their companies.

    I’ve written and presented my “BLACK DANCE HISTORY LECTURE & DEMONSTRATION” program, to 12th graders up to University students and older adults. It’s about all the 16 iconic choreographers, I’ve danced with in my lifetime!

  4. Stella Matsuda
    Stella Matsuda February 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm ·

    Carol Warner,one of the original dancers from Gloria Newman Dance Theater, a beautiful, incredible, and energy filled dancer died on February 12, 2018, in Maine. RIP

  5. Debbie Kay
    Debbie Kay November 28, 2017 at 11:05 am ·

    I recently came across a large collection of
    16mm color films from the 1950’s which
    features various East LA dancers known
    as La Paloma Dancers, some of the people
    in the films include: Lily Aguilar, Odelia,
    Rose Marie, Kathy, Helen Maganya,
    Gloria Gomez, Dolores Castillo, and
    others. These excellent and beautiful
    color images were taken by William and Myrtle
    Binkley who lived in Downey.
    Can you help! These are precious films
    of East LA dancers in the 1950’s when
    most of these girls were pre-teen and teenagers.
    Debbie 562-866-4203

  6. Stella Matsuda
    Stella Matsuda August 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm ·

    Don Bondi, my friend and dance partner for over 50 years, passed away on Aug. 8, 2017. It’s a personal loss to me but to the dance community. He will be missed.

  7. Judith Aaen
    Judith Aaen August 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm ·

    I worked with Lois Ellyn for years. So happy to read her bio and see her beautiful photos

  8. Maria Pilar Chacón-Galtman
    Maria Pilar Chacón-Galtman August 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm ·

    I’m 63 and had the honor of taking dance lessons with Corina Valdez and Lily Aguilar. Such fond memories. I also took private lessons with Miss Aguilars daughters, Rosemarie and Blanca.

    1. Debbie Kay
      Debbie Kay November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am ·

      is Lily Aguilar still alive?
      do you have any contact for her?

  9. Barbara
    Barbara June 6, 2017 at 11:48 am ·

    I’m 67 and danced with Lily Aguilar and her daughter from 5 to 15. It all started in the Belvedere Park Gym.

  10. Bridget Murnane
    Bridget Murnane April 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm ·

    Gary Bates passed away on April 14. Go to the Facebook page for words by Fred Strickler

  11. ksylvester1967
    ksylvester1967 June 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm ·

    I was so happy to have found this site. I had the privilege to study ballet at Lichine in Beverly Hills under Irina Kosmovska and Tania Lichine. The school closed in 1981 or 1982, and I followed Irina to the Los Angeles Ballet School. I danced in the Los Angeles Junior Ballet for several years and at the age of 15, John Clifford offered my a corps position with the Los Angeles Ballet…both Damian Woetzel and myself were the youngest members of the ballet…this was back in 1983. I developed some health problems shortly thereafter and was sent away to school…I left my professional ballet career behind when I left Los Angeles. However, the amazing training I received from Irina, Tania, John Clifford and many others has stayed with me throughout my life…and I am eternally grateful to have been a part of the Southern California Dance movement in the late 70’s/early 80’s.
    Kristen Carnochan-Sylvester

  12. donbondi
    donbondi June 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm ·

    Don Bondi has a published book ( NEAR THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. It chonicles his life with particular emphisis on his varied dancing career as a teacher, choreographer, lighting designer for Kalidescope and member of Gloria Newman Dance Theatre, Bella lewitzky Dance Co. David Wood Dance Company, UCLA Dance Co., Choreogrephers Dance Ensemble, Marion Scott Spirit Dancers. Also his contributions in developing and implementing the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Dance and developed a Theatre Arts program (Later became a music magnet) at Hamilton High School.

  13. Denise Delgado-Torres
    Denise Delgado-Torres February 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm ·

    In honor of my mother, Rosemarie Aguilar-Delgado, I would like to acknowledge some of her dance partners, friends, and mentors: Jose Greco, Juan Talavera, Luisa Triana, Isabel Lorca, Margo, and all of the dancers affiliate with the Aguilar Dance Company and or Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Folklorico Classes!

  14. Genzi
    Genzi October 30, 2015 at 7:23 am ·

    I was so delighted to find this site and see so much of my early years brought back.
    To Leslie Kimball; whenever I hear Schubert Impromptus I always think of you and how beautiful you were in that piece by Irina.
    I too remember fondly Graduation Ball 🙂

  15. cil_ortiz
    cil_ortiz September 24, 2015 at 3:02 am ·

    I had the very good fortune to study with Carmelita Marracci in her later years. A Great teacher – we learned a heck of a lot more than dance. It’s wonderful to see her mentioned in your article.

  16. donbondi
    donbondi September 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm ·

    Dancers in Concert was a short lived lived group who produced 2 Choreographer’s Concets in 1969 and 1970.
    Carlton Johnson, Elsie Dunin,Ruby Milsap, EllenSiega, Don Bondi, Steven Peck,Larry Richardson were some of the dancers that paraticiated on these programs

  17. donbondi
    donbondi September 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm ·

    Rose Polsky and Dancers had their Los Angeles premiere of BROKEN at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in June 1990. An extended duet in the piece by Rose and Don Bondi was augmented by dancers Antony Balcena, Elizabeteh Chandler, Sigmund Hightower, Jennifer Kim, and Wendy Pan,

  18. donbondi
    donbondi September 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm ·

    Nan Friedman Dance Company presented INHABITANTS at the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park in June 1993. This was a site based outdoor theatrical dance about a multigenerational generation family performed around the reflecting pool and grass area at the back ao Hollyhock house. The dancers were Dawn Stoppiello, Scott Hendricks, Alwyn Hight Kusner, and Don Bondi

  19. Judith Aaen
    Judith Aaen August 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm ·

    Would love to see information on the exquisite prima ballerina Karel Shimoff and her famous husband Tommy Rall

  20. Terpsichore
    Terpsichore July 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm ·

    I am so very happy to have stumbled across this projects website and looking forward to learning as well as participating. Congratulations to the Steering Committee !

  21. jan deen
    jan deen July 7, 2015 at 7:30 am ·

    Rachel Rosenthal. RIP Your legacy is a flame

  22. donbondi
    donbondi May 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm ·

    Claudia Chapline has a new book out published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco called ” Moving Out of Frame “, it deals with modern dance, art performance, installlatiion, feminism,
    and public art in California

  23. Judith Aaen
    Judith Aaen April 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm ·

    Thank you Tamara McCarty and especially Brad Matsuda for your tireless commitment publishing my 50 year old articles on the history of Balachine’s Ballet of Los Angeles.

  24. amylou9
    amylou9 April 18, 2015 at 1:25 am ·

    Thank You for this site. Bobby Banas, What a gift. I really enjoy how you show us how talented he is!!! Aloha, Amy Kidd

  25. donbondi
    donbondi March 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm ·

    Oleg Tupine taught Ballet for the Gloria Newman dance company at her studio in Anaheim in the
    early 1960’s donbondi

  26. melindayork
    melindayork March 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm ·

    Have danced with Stanley, Margaret many years, as well as Gene Marinaccio, Carmelita Maracci, Steven Peck Sayber and Dennon Rawles, Roland Dupree, Fanya Sage and so many more
    The best years were 50’s,60’s,70’s,80’s, for dance in LA due to the major support (government and corporate) for the arts and helped it flourish

  27. Dulce Capadocia
    Dulce Capadocia December 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm ·

    Hi, I have pictures of my Silayan Dance Company which I would like to share. Here is the link. So glad DHP is around for Los Angeles! Thank you!

  28. Karen Goodman
    Karen Goodman September 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm ·

    Very much appreciated Jan Deen’s photos.

  29. Don Hewitt
    Don Hewitt July 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm ·

    John Clifford, it was good to see your bio on the website as well as read your comments and see your many contributions to dance in LA and
    elsewhere. I look forward to more of your views and shared experiences.

  30. jan deen
    jan deen May 16, 2014 at 2:49 am ·

    Special appreciation to Brad M, our webmaster, for his perseverance in resolving the process of editing three decades of photographs into an essential collection that now appears on this site.

  31. April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm ·

    This is excellent project that will help to foster dance in LA and all of southern California for many years to come..

  32. catwilldo
    catwilldo April 26, 2014 at 5:58 am ·

    Everyone talks about Oleg Tupine and his contribution to ballet, but there is very little real information out there about him. I’m trying to find out the name of his studio in LA in the fifties. Anybody? I studied there. thanks

  33. catwilldo
    catwilldo April 26, 2014 at 5:54 am ·

    I’m pretty sure I took classes with Oleg Tupine when I was 9 in LA. It was 1957. Anyone know the name of his studio then? Mum used to watch every class because some handsome movie star’s child was in my class. (jeesh!) Anybody?

  34. lizzie liles
    lizzie liles April 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm ·

    Who else took class at Stanley Holden Dance Center on Pico Blvd in West L.A. ? It was quite the dance scene back in the 80’s

  35. Eileen
    Eileen March 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm ·

    The Jan Deen Dance Phototheatre-thank you so much for taking me there with those vibrant images.

  36. jan deen
    jan deen March 19, 2014 at 5:59 am ·

    Thank you guys for launching the dance phototheatre portfolio

  37. Nancy Hauser
    Nancy Hauser February 24, 2014 at 11:00 am ·

    What an exciting website! And what a thrill to see so many names from the past that bring up fond memories. I will try to contibute whatever I can from my decade there!

  38. jocelyn w knowles
    jocelyn w knowles August 9, 2013 at 6:56 am ·

    wonderful to know all you’ve been doing and accomplished. jabe warm recollections and send happy reards

  39. jocelyn w knowles
    jocelyn w knowles August 8, 2013 at 8:12 am ·

    Dear Don, a surprise and pleasure to find you again. Your notes are a real service. Wish you could tell even more. Jocelyn Knowles

  40. Judith van Praag
    Judith van Praag July 17, 2013 at 7:44 am ·

    My love for Modern Dance started as I took classes with Claudia Chapline at the IDEA Company 1974-’76. Wonderful memories.

  41. Tophatdancers
    Tophatdancers July 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm ·

    This is a great site. Thank you.

  42. Jeff Slayton
    Jeff Slayton June 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm ·

    Love this website. Thank you.

  43. Tonia Barber
    Tonia Barber June 9, 2013 at 9:54 am ·

    HI Don-
    It was a pleasure being introduced to you yesterday by Joe Smoke at the LA Dance Summit. I would love to have a coffee! best Tonia Barber- Dance Camera West

  44. Mary Jane Eisenberg
    Mary Jane Eisenberg May 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm ·

    Thank you Steering Committee! Wonderful site!

  45. elaine gardner
    elaine gardner May 9, 2013 at 9:25 am ·

    Nice to see this started!!!

  46. leslie Kimble-Snow
    leslie Kimble-Snow April 25, 2013 at 6:47 am ·

    Hello Don…would like to send you a lovely pic of us in one of Irina’s childrens’ ballets of the 1960s. My brother late Brother Greg and I danced with you then….all the best…Leslie Kimble Snow

  47. Don Hewitt
    Don Hewitt March 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm ·

    It was a pleasure to read the bio and tribute by Oscar Nieto to Lola Montes. Lola was a fine and enduring force in Los Angeles. A skilled artist-teacher, she had high standards and was generous with her gifts.
    Although her work lives on in her dancers, she is missed and remembered by many. Thank you Oscar for capturing Lola so well.

  48. Elizabeth Peterson-Gower
    Elizabeth Peterson-Gower December 15, 2012 at 9:11 am ·

    I studied under Don Hewitt and Joey Harris, I was a member of Joey Harris Company The Group in Los Angeles in the 70’s When He left California in the 80’s we lost track, does any one know where he went or his later history? Ballet and Joey changed my life and I would really like any info possible This site is amazing

  49. teedancing
    teedancing November 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm ·
  50. Tracy SF
    Tracy SF October 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm ·

    This is a wonderful site and I am so happy to have found it. My great-grandmother was Elizabeth Gellman! She spoke of her students often, including Stella Matsuda!!!

  51. cecebechelli
    cecebechelli October 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm ·

    Thank you Fred, for this wonderful article on the tap renaissance. It is a great resource for tap students interested in learning more about tap’s history. I will be sure to pass the link on to all of my students! Bravo, Fred!!

  52. William Hansen
    William Hansen October 11, 2012 at 9:54 am ·

    Thrilled to have found this site! Thanks to all who have contributed.

  53. donbondi
    donbondi September 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm ·

    Too many ruth St dennis pictures ,how about the male contingent Michio Ito , Ted Shaw both a part of the LA scene

  54. donbondi
    donbondi September 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm ·

    Brad you are doing a GREAT job putting up this site -don bondi

  55. Stella Matsuda
    Stella Matsuda September 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm ·

    So wonderful to read the new bios as they come in. Although I knew these people, I learned so much more about them. Thank you DHP for bringing this information to us.

  56. Jerry Kvasnicka
    Jerry Kvasnicka September 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm ·

    Thank you for this site – what a great remembrance! I am looking to donate dance books – photos, college level or so.

  57. Larry Billman
    Larry Billman August 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm ·

    Hoping to be able to contribute to this site with information about film and tv choreographers who made The Movies MOVE

  58. whitecornchip
    whitecornchip August 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm ·

    lovely article but my name is spelled Mayes.

    TRINA PARKS August 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm ·

    I am a Master Teacher of the Katherine Dunham technique (A member of her last professional company) 1964-’66

  60. Inesita
    Inesita July 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm ·

    The Dance History project is a wonderful idea!

  61. cwinter
    cwinter July 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm ·

    Thank you –
    I am proud to be a part of this!

  62. cwinter
    cwinter July 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm ·

    Thank you for creating this wonderful website-

  63. MissNette3
    MissNette3 July 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm ·

    Thank you for creating this.

  64. Inesita
    Inesita July 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm ·

    Thank you.

  65. Monica
    Monica June 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm ·

    Another dance name…..Elizabeth Lee Inouye – still teaching at Legacy Dance Academy.

  66. Linda Chiavaroli
    Linda Chiavaroli June 23, 2012 at 11:34 am ·

    This is terrific! Thanks to all who made it possible.

    MARILYN June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm ·

    Beautiful beginning! What a marvelous opening for learning and appreciation.

  68. Dulce Capadocia
    Dulce Capadocia June 17, 2012 at 2:53 am ·

    I am honored to be a part of this. Thank you!

  69. Tim
    Tim June 9, 2012 at 6:46 am ·

    This is an excellent website and I am looking forward to exploring its possibilities. Thank you for getting this going!

  70. Melinda Williams Isaacson
    Melinda Williams Isaacson June 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm ·

    So excited to be part of this effort…we all have pieces of the legacy to share. Brilliant, Fred!

  71. Cheryl Banks-Smith
    Cheryl Banks-Smith June 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm ·

    The Website is wonderful and timely. I look forward to spending many hours in future investigating the rich heritage of Dance in So. Cal. Thanks to all of the creators and developers for this special gift!

  72. Richard Korngute
    Richard Korngute June 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm ·

    Congratulations! Great beginnings. Looking forward to the future

  73. Laurie
    Laurie June 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm ·

    Great website!! I am looking forward to seeing all of our history here.

  74. Don Hewitt
    Don Hewitt June 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm ·

    The Website looks great. Excellent work! I look forward to learning more about a great many people and disciplines and simply remembering others and their contributions to the art.
    All the best.

  75. martina502
    martina502 June 5, 2012 at 7:12 am ·

    Beautifully done Fred, and KUDOS to all participating on the steering committee! A stellar and timely accomplishment indeed!

  76. Karen Goodman
    Karen Goodman June 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm ·

    Well done, Fred! An inspired idea up and running. It’s been a deep pleasure to work on this with you and all our wonderful colleagues.

  77. VGrimaldo
    VGrimaldo June 2, 2012 at 6:47 am ·

    Hello everybody, I am new to this website, it promises to be a great tool of communication between the different disciplines of the dance.
    I am the Artistic Director of Ballet Folklorico viva Panama, and every year our organization produces a fundraising event for the administration of it.
    This year we have a Gala Recognition to Distinguished Panamanians, among them we have, a Hollywood celebrity, a Judge of the Superior Court of Sacramento, an our especial Guest, Vicky Greco, an Entertaiment star of the musical “Viva El Zorro” lately in Salt Lake city. She will be opening our event with a musical from Mitzi Gaynor and she will need two or four guys who could open and accompany her in the musical. We are looking for 2 or 4 volunteers to help her.

    Here are two links, one the one where she is perfoming in “Viva El Zorro” and the other is the video of the Mitzi Gaynor’s performance.

    Please let me know if someone would be interested in helping us. Visit our website for more info:

    Victor Grimaldo.

  78. gieseler
    gieseler June 2, 2012 at 1:54 am ·

    great idea to illuminate the role of living or coming from the southern part of california. its history and influence has been great and continues to be so today. something about the atmostphiere climiate and freedom that encourages the art of the dance and the making of dancers and choreogrpahers.

  79. klcbeme
    klcbeme June 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm ·

    As just a “fan” of dancing, I thoroughly enjoyed your web site. Thanks for sharing!

  80. Sharon Took-Zozaya
    Sharon Took-Zozaya June 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm ·

    Thanks to Fred and all who have worked on this site. I am so delighted to be part of it.

  81. Diana
    Diana June 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm ·

    As the director of a historic Early California folk dance group (Las Fiesteras), I am thrilled by this new website. Thank you to all involved, I look forward to returning often!

  82. Beca
    Beca June 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm ·

    This is wonderful – thank you for putting this together!

  83. floricanto
    floricanto June 1, 2012 at 9:43 am ·

    Yay for Fred Strickler, the force behind this much needed web site.

  84. celebratedance
    celebratedance June 1, 2012 at 9:24 am ·

    I look forward to participting on this site!

  85. Iris Pell
    Iris Pell June 1, 2012 at 8:53 am ·

    I just saw the website for the first time. Beautiful motion and images on the front page! A magnificent beginning.

  86. rhythmdancer85
    rhythmdancer85 May 30, 2012 at 11:20 am ·

    I have loved working on this website project and am grateful to the Steering Committee and all who have contributed to the creation of this website, especially Bad Matsuda who is responsible for the design. Thanks to all of you for your excellent work.

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