The Company

An unforgettable experience…This troupe is not stuck in the great pst, but has a clear way for itself in the future.
Oliver Schikora, Main Post, Germany


Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized  American dance.

In 1972 the Company set an example for the entire dance field as the first to survive the death of its founder. Now, enjoying a renaissance 46 years after Limón’s death, the Company is being hailed for making the classics alive for today, for the musical, technical and expressive virtuosity of the dancing, and for the richness of programs charged by the juxtaposition of José Limón’s timeless works and radical new creations that find new expression for the Company’s socially aware and fiercely physical perspective.

Founded in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, the Company was led by Carla Maxwell, who worked closely with Limón and was able to keep the Company thriving for 35 years. In 2016 Colin Connor assumed artistic leadership as the 5th Artistic Director in the Foundation’s history. The Company has built a repertory of unparalleled breadth, including works by Anna Sokolow, Murray Louis, Doug Varone, Jirí Kylián, Meredith Monk, and many others.

The Limón Dance Company was the first group to tour under the auspices of the American Cultural Exchange Program (1954), the first dance troupe to perform at Lincoln Center (1963), and has had the honor of appearing twice at The White House (1967 and 1995). In 2008, the José Limón Dance Foundation was awarded a National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.