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About LA Knockers

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This blog was created by Elisa Leonelli, with the collaboration of Jennifer Stace, founder of the LA Knockers (and we’re both still kicking 30 years later…)


ELISA LEONELLI, photographer

Born and raised in Italy, moved to Los Angeles in 1973. Started working as a photo-journalist in 1974. First assignment: photograph LA landmarks for Coast magazine.

Correspondent for Italian magazines like Tempo, Espresso and Europeo from 1976, covered visually-interesting theatre performances. This is how she discovered and photographed the L.A. Knockers, also the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo and the Kipper Kids.
Traveled to London to cover the punk rock scene in 1977. Here’s a self-portrait from those days, the legendary 70s.




JENNIFER STACE, dancer-choreographer

L.A. Knockers, created by Jennifer Stace in 1974.  Described as “Los Angeles’ hottest, flashiest, all-female dance experience.”
Jennifer believes that disco dancing is a direct reflection of the ever-changing fashions of today’s styles and attitudes. In her choreography, she introduces a variety of disco styles which include: partnering, poses, freezes, punking, locking, gymnastics, robot or mime, S&M theatrical satire, and high camp attitudes. Her choreography uses ballet and jazz as a necessary technique in the development of disco as an art-form.

Here’s a photo of Jennifer from 1979, as Charlie Chaplin dancing with many girls in the ballet “Red Shoes”

See LA Knockers dance blog post

Written by laknockers

July 5, 2010 at 8:45 am

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  1. Hello… I’m just trying to figure this all out.. I saw the picture of us on the brick wall so exciting and vivid and colorful… and my cousin said she saw writing maybe it will come up later… for now it wouldn’t show… love and whatever to whoever… besos too… jennifer

    Jennifer Stace

    June 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

  2. I hadn’t created the About page yet, but I did today, July 5, 2010.


    July 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

  3. Hi Elisa:
    I love your self portrait – photograph. You look beautiful.
    I know everyone is very excited and deeply touched. I’m starting to send out the blog link to friends etc.
    You have created a tasteful, and wonderful blog.


    July 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  4. I must say this blog just keeps on giving… not long ago I wondered what blog meant… NOW I know, this stuff is bringing me to tears, it is so thoughtful and penetrating… I’m still discovering more and more, DD’s interviews, Joan’s book, Kim’s accomplishments, Vincent’s highlights, and the fantastic video created by Marilyn… It doesn’t stop… and then there’s ELISA looking demure, enchanting and mysterious… all you need now is to come to life curling your hair with your finger tips… What a terrific gift for all of us… with love and gratitude, jennifer xoxoxox to all you darling girls!

    Jennifer Stace

    July 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  5. wwwooo jennifer..hi……this is ANTONIO i been looking for you.
    jennifer i’m so happy that i found this page and saw you here
    i wanna thank you for everything you did for me in the 80’s….you were like my mom, and thank you jennifer from all my heart THANK YOU.
    PLEASE…this is my e-mail i ‘ll like to know how are you, how is michael
    your friend your son


    Antonio Loaisiga

    September 22, 2010 at 5:29 am

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