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Remembering Tap Dancer Alfred Desio (1932-2007)

A tribute, profile, and fan site honoring professional tap dancer, tap instructor, composer, and choreographer Alfred Desio. Desio was born in 1932 in the city of Geneva, New York and he died in 2007, at age 74, in the city of Los Angeles.

NAME: Alfred Desio
DATE OF BIRTH: August 29, 1932
PLACE OF BIRTH: Geneva, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH: February 14, 2007 (age 74)
PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California, United States
SPOUSE: Louise Reichlin (Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers)

Alfred Desio was a dancer, choreographer, composer, and inventor of the Tap-Tronics electronic tap dancing systme. He performed in many Broadway musicals and taught at the University of Southern California, the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and Loyola Marymount University.

Desio invented Tap-Tronics in the 1980's, a technology featuring microphones inside tap shoes that transmit sounds to receivers,synthesizers, and other electronic equipment. His electronic tap dancing was featured in the 1989 film "Tap", starring Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., and Savion Glover.

Desio played a Shark in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story". Also appeared in the musicals "Fiddler on the Roof", "Man of La Mancha", and "She Loves Me", "Kean," "Donnybrook," "Zorba" and "Coco."

Tributes to Alfred Desio
- LACD "Celebration of Alfred Desio's Life" Article
- LA Times "Alfred Desio Dies at Age 74" Articlee

Pictures of Alfred Desio
- LACD Gallery of Alfred Desio Photos I
- LACD Gallery of Alfred Desio Photos II

Videos Featuring of Alfred Desio
Includes a video tribute to Alfred Desio and video demonstrations of the Tap-Tronics electronic tap dancing system he invented.



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