“To the young I say: Do not for an instant abandon that most indispensable asset of artist, your courage.”
Limón4Kids is an arts and education program that introduces contemporary dance and modern dance pioneer, José Limón, to grades 2 through 12 in New York City schools located in largely Hispanic neighborhoods. The program focuses on the goals of dance-making, dance technique, dance literacy, and performing within the realm of the Limón-Humphrey technique and philosophy.
The Limón4Kids program started in 2009 and has quickly developed from serving just 150 students to more than 600 students per year. Schools in Harlem, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Rockland county have benefited from this dynamic program which is free of cost to all the participants of the Limón4Kids program.
Limón’s personal story as a Mexican-American immigrant will introduce the students to such concepts as heritage, community and identity. The movement classes will be used as a tool to help students develop movement language skills and discuss social issues that may be relevant to their own life journey. The Limón4Kids students will learn famous and culturally rooted works of Limón to gain knowledge of the Limón movement philosophy and dance as an art form. After learning sections of Limón’s choreography, students will be asked to create their own dance taking into account narrative and core movement phrases. At the conclusion of the school residency, students will take part in an assembly performance for their classmates, teachers, and parents of the participating school. The students also watch the Limón Dance Company perform. Support for the pilot program was generously provided by the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Mex- Am Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Limón4Kids Teaching Artists
Thank You letters from past participants
Photos by Nan Melville