Elisa Schreiber studied dance at Duke University under the direction of Clay Taliaferro. Since graduating in 2005, Elisa has had the pleasure of performing works by Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, and Doris Humphrey and is currently performing with Limón Dance Company, Tamara Saari Dance and Sue Bernhard Danceworks.
Risa Steinberg is internationally known as a solo artist, teacher, and director of the works of José Limón. Born in New York, and trained at the High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, she was invited by Limón to join his company, where she danced for 11 years. Cited by the Village Voice critic Deborah Jowitt as “One of our great modern dancers,” Ms. Steinberg has performed as a guest artist with the companies of Bill Cratty, Daniel Lewis, Annabelle Gamson, Anna Sokolow, Danzahoy of Caracas, American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Colin Connor, Wally Cardona, and Séan Curran. She has reconstructed Limón works for companies around the world, working with such artists as Rudolph Nureyev, Frank Augustyn, and Karen Kain. She is presently a guest faculty member of The Juilliard School, and continues to teach extensively throughout the world.
Maxine Steinman has danced with Eleo Pomare, Denishawn Repertory Dancers, Mafata Dance Company, Robin Becker, Regina Larkin, Sue Bernhard, Spiritdance, and in lecture demonstrations with the Limón Dance Company. In 1994, with a sponsorship from the American Consulate in São Paulo , Brazil , Maxine performed a section of Limón’s Dances for Isadora under the direction of Carla Maxwell. She has been invited to Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Cyprus to teach, choreograph and perform and has also taught and presented her choreography throughout the New York area . Maxine holds a BFA in dance from Adelphi University and an MA degree in dance education from Teachers College Columbia University.
Jennifer Scanlon, former principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Limón Dance Company, studied at Ted Shawn’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Julliard School before joining Limón in 1963. She performed with the company world-wide, dancing major roles in The Moor’s Pavane, Dances for Isadora, A Choreographic Offering, There is a Time and Missa Brevis. Ms. Scanlon was a full-time faculty member at The Boston Conservatory for 20 years teaching Limon Technique and Repertory and Alexander Technique. She continues to work as a Limón and Humphrey reconstructor, working with the Joffrey City Center Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Royal Swedish Ballet, English National Ballet, Dresden Opera Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet, and coaching dance luminaries Rudolf Nureyev, Alexander Godounov, Clay Taliaferro, Erik Bruhn, Lynn Seymour, and Monica Mason.
Dante Puleio is a Jersey boy. He was a late bloomer and started dancing at 19. He trained in London, Leeds, and finished school in Philadelphia. He joined the company in 2000, and left two years later to experiment with his first love, musical theater. It was an amazing performing experience, but he missed his time with Limón and rejoined the company 2008. He is forever grateful for his friends and family. dantepuleio.com
Connie Procopio. Upon graduating from the University of South Florida in 2000, with a BFA in Dance Performance, Connie trained at the Limón Institute. She has worked with Sue Bernhard, Alan Danielson, Raphael Boumalia, Maxine Steinman, and Kathryn Alter. She performed for the Avodah Dance Ensemble from 2003-2009 working with JoAnne Tucker, Julie Gayer, and Sidra Bell, and where she also led the company’s outreach work in women’s prisons. In 2010, Connie established RISE (Rehabilitating Incarcerated Sisters Everyday) a dance program for the women at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT. Connie has been on the Ballet and Modern Faculty at Chen Dance Center since 2004. Under the direction of Dian Dong and H.T. Chen, she has been co-directing and teaching an after school dance program for PS 42 since 2006. She is an active teacher/educator and choreographer in the Tri-State area and in West New York, NJ. Her work has been performed in various venues in NYC, NJ, Connecticut, Virginia, Italy, Canada, and Florida. She is currently dancing for Sue Bernhard/DanceWorks.
Belinda McGuire, originally from Toronto, graduated from the Juilliard School. She danced with many choreographers, including Gallim Dance and Doug Varone and Dancers, and was a member of The José Limón Dance Company until 2013. She teaches as a guest artist in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam and The Limón Institute, and in Toronto at CCDT, Cawthra Park SS and York University. Her choreography has been presented at the Yucatan in Mexico, Ottawa and Toronto in Canada and in New York City. She is a recipient of the 2008 Bessie Schönberg Residency at the Yard, and was recognized by the 2007 Susan Braun Award of The Dance Films Association.
Carla Maxwell (Artistic Director, Limón Dance Company) joined the Company in 1965 and soon became a principal dancer under Limón’s direction. In 1975, she served as Assistant Artistic Director under Ruth Currier and was appointed Artistic Director in 1978. She received the 1995 Dance Magazine Award and a 1998 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for “finding a creative present in the context of a revered past, and thereby offering choreographic opportunity to multiple generations of artists; for inspired leadership and artistic accomplishment.” She has been honored by the governments of Colombia and Mexico, and was the recipient of a 2002/2003 Isadora Duncan Award for her re-staging of José Limón’s Psalm. Acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic dancer, Maxwell has danced many major roles with the Company, and is responsible for many of the Company’s reconstructions of Limón’s dances. As a choreographer, has created works and taught for the Company and others internationally.
Jim May is a teacher, choreographer and performer who embraces the Humphrey/Limón tradition. A soloist with the Company for many years, Mr. May has been on the faculties of SUNY Purchase, The Juilliard School and Princeton University. He is the recipient of a 1996 Fulbright Award to research the work of Limón and Anna Sokolow in Mexico and the U.S., and a 1999 Bessie award for lifetime achievement in dance performance. His choreography has been performed by Players’ Project, Dance Conduit, Dance Forum Taipei, Peridance Ensemble, and Thoughts in Motion. He teaches internationally as a guest artist and regularly for the Limón Institute at Peridance.
Fritz Ludin joined the José Limón Dance Company in 1963. He appeared in the NET documentary “An Hour with José Limón”, and assisted Mr. Limón in restaging “Missa Brevis” at the University of Utah, where he performed Limón’s own role. He and Betty Jones have been commissioned to restage Humphrey/Limón masterworks in Russia, France and USA. He has toured and choreographed internationally as the co-founder of Dances We Dance, including frequent teaching engagements in USA, Japan, China and Europe.
Betty Jones was a founding member of the José Limón Dance Company. Countless roles in the Humphrey/Limón repertory were originally created on her, including her acclaimed Desdemona in Limón’s “The Moor’s Pavane.” Her performances with the José Limón Company and her own Dances We Dance were infused with lyricism, dramatic intensity, and an unmatched delicacy. Her extraordinary gifts as a teacher have touched legions of dancers across the globe.
Jennifer Chin has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and Finland with a variety of inspiring choreographers. She received her BA from Queens College and her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Jennifer is an instructor in modern dance, Pilates, and yoga. She has been on faculty at Université du Québec á Montréal, Dance Space, Peridance Center in New York and is presently on faculty at Montclair State University, NJ.
Geraldine Cardiel was born and raised in Mexico City. She holds a Certificate in Modern Dance from The Americas University in Mexico. From 2000-2002, she received grants from the Mexican Foundation for Culture and Arts (FONCA) and the Limón Institute to study and present her choreography in New York City. Ms. Cardiel’s choreography has been produced in New York by Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Joyce Soho Presents, DanceNow Festival, The Local Produce Festival, Joyce SoHo, and Dance New Amsterdam. She has also participated in the Celebrate Mexico Now festivals in New York City from 2004-2007. Additionally, she has received several international awards in both Mexico City’s XXIV Premio INBA/UAM Contemporary Choreography Competition (2003) and the Masdanza International Choreography Festival in the Canary Islands (2005). She is currently on faculty at the Limón Institute and Montclair State University, and is a guest teacher at international festivals.
Raphaël Boumaïla is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon. Before coming to the United States, he performed throughout France with Red Note/Andy Degroat Company. In 1994, he became a charter member of the Limón West Dance Project in San Jose, CA, and joined the Limón Dance Company in 1998. He has performed duet concerts with Nina Watt in the United States and abroad.
Becky Brown is from England. She completed her dance training at the Laban Centre, London, went on to be a member of Transitions Dance Company, and then continued her training in Canada. Becky was a member of Loop Dance Company for 12 years and has worked as a freelance teacher, choreographer and dancer. She has extensive teaching experience at University level, lecturing on Dance Degree and Performing Arts Degree courses in the UK. Becky trained in the Limón technique on the Professional Studies Program and the Limón Teachers Program at the Limón Institute. She is currently the Limón Program Manager and a Peridance/Limón faculty member.
Melissa Brading is a New York based teacher, dancer and choreographer originally from Topeka, KS. She holds a BFA in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma and spent 3 years dancing for Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX before moving to New York in 2007. Melissa has danced for choreographers such as Hope Boykin, Nejla Yatkin, Amanda Selwyn, Chris Ferris and Sarah Council and is currently working with Avodah Dance Ensemble. She has taught various styles dance in Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New York and The Nederlands. She has studied the Limón technique for a number of years and recently completed the Limón Workshop for Teachers led by Alan Danielson. Melissa works for The Joyce Theater Foundation and also makes dances of her own when the two magical forces of time and space come together.
Alan Danielson – 1954-2014 (School Director) taught and directed classes at the Limón Institute from 1991 to 2014. His company, Dance by Alan Danielson, performed throughout the North and South America and Europe, and his choreography was commissioned by many professional and student companies. As an internationally acclaimed Master Teacher of Dance and Music, Alan was on faculty at New York University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A professional musician before he began dancing, he worked as a composer, conductor and dance accompanist. He also taught Music for Dancers, Accompaniment for Musicians, and Teaching Methodology. alandanielson.com
Sue Bernhard‘s dances have been shown in the USA, Canada, and Poland. She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase, and has taught at numerous colleges and studios. She has created pieces for Convergence Dance Co., CCDT, Long Island University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Meredith College, and others. With award-winning videographer Penny Ward, Sue has created several video/dance collaborations. Their work, “Boundaries and Exposures,” was featured at the International Conference on Dance and Technology. Sue is Artistic Director of DanceWorks. She performed internationally with the Limón Dance Company, and for ten years with Annabelle Gamson/Dance Solos.
Mark Willis is a graduate of Montclair State University where he received his BFA in Dance. While attending Montclair State, he performed the works of choreographers such as José Limón, Bill T. Jones, May O’Donnell, Earl Mosley, and worked with interactive filmmaker and collection artist, Grahame Weinbren, using movement in a collaboration film project. In 2013, Mark was the recipient of the Spirit of Dance Award given by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Mark has danced and performed with Douglass Dunn and Dancers, ARCOS Dance, and Yoo and Dancers. He is currently a member of White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company and Christina Noel and The Creature.
Aaron Selissen is originally from Green Bay, WI. He received his BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. In 2002, he joined David Hochoy’s Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis. During his time with Dance Kaleidoscope, he enjoyed annual residencies at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2005, Mr. Selissen moved to NYC and was invited to dance with the Martha Graham Ensemble. He later joined the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Janis Brenner and Dancers, and Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends. In 2008, he co-founded BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, a collaborative endeavor, with partner Kyla Barkin. Selissen’s choreography has been presented at such venues as the Staller Center for the Arts Main Stage at Stony Brook University, Jacob’s Pillow, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Flea Theater, Cunningham Theater, Sam Houston State University, Grand Space in Brooklyn, Flushing Town Hall, John Ryan Theater, City Center Studios, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and more. He is also a yoga teacher/fitness professional. www.barkinselissenproject.com.
Francisco Ruvalcaba, a native of San Diego, CA, has toured with the Lincoln Center Institute, El Festival Nacional é Internacional de Danza en México, and the Innsbrook Festival of Ancient Music. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ruvalcaba performed the works of José Limón, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jirí Kylián, Benjamin Harkarvy and Agnes De Mille. He joined the Company in 1996.
Ricardo Mateo Rique-Sanchez is a Wasilla, Alaska native raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He started dancing at the age of 16 at Central VPA High School he graduated in 2008. He got his BFA in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 2011. He worked with Troika Entertainment as the Dance Captain on The National Tour of West Side Story. He is beyond grateful to be a part of the Limón Dance Company.
Brenna Monroe-Cook is originally from Oak Park, Illinois. Her dance training began at the Academy of Movement and Music and the Ruth Page Foundation. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkavy. Ms. Monroe-Cook was a dancer with the Limón Dance Company from 2003-2007. She then earned her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and was a faculty member at Cornish College, Dance Fremont, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the University of Washington. Ms. Monroe-Cook works internationally teaching ballet and Limón technique, and staging Limón repertoire. She is certified as both a Pilates and GYROKINESIS® instructor. She rejoined the Limón Dance Company in 2013.
Ryoko Kudo is a Japanese New Yorker, dance artist and passionate teacher of movement. She joined the Limón Dance Company in 2001 and has been a guest artist since 2009. She received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has worked with the Graham Ensemble, Rae Ballard, Sophie Maslow, Thang Dao, Wallie Wolfgruber, Daniel Fetecua among others. She ventures skyward as an aerialist with Airealistic and is also a certified Pilates instructor. As an instructor/reconstructor of Limón repertories, Ryoko teaches in the states and abroad.
Logan Frances Kruger was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malavé, among many others. Kruger was a full time member of Good Moves, a children’s modern dance repertory company, directed by Annette Lewis, from 1993-2003. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Larry Rhodes. Professionally, Kruger has collaborated extensively with Michelle Mola, including her work with The Troupe, a band of dancers co-directed by Mola and Zack Winokur. Additionally, she has performed and toured with various companies and choreographers, such as Adam H. Weinert, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Jonah Bokaer. Kruger joined the Limón Dance Company in 2009.
Ross Katen is originally from Oregon, Ross trained at Westside Dance Academy, The Portland Ballet, and Arts & Communication Magnet Academy. Additionally Ross has studied at The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Ross graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Dance. After graduating Ross joined the Limón Dance Company in 2013. He is also a member of Chris Masters Dance and a founding member of Chihiro Shimizu and Artists and Chuck Wilt’s Una Projects. Other credits include work by Alex Ketley, Mark Morris, Donald McKayle, John Magnus, Iain Rowe, and Chase Brock.
Kristen Foote hails from Toronto, Canada where she trained with CCDT. She joined the Limón Company in 2000 and was highlighted by Dance Magazine in 2005 as a “Top 25 to Watch” and one of 2010’s “Most Amazing Performers”. She was a Radio City Rockette, performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Pajarillo Pinta’o and Dance Heginbotham. Foote is proudly supported by The Bay & Paul Foundations and the Enoch Foundation.
Daniel Fetecua Soto, a native of Bogotà, Colombia holds a BFA from Folkwang-Hochschule, Germany, and has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser. Fetecua has also worked with La Fura Dels Baus, Kuo Chu Wu, and won a salsa award in the European Salsa Championship in 2004. He is founder and artistic director of Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that combines Colombian Folklore and Modern Dance, based in New York and Germany. He is currently guest choreographer and board member of ID Studio Theater, a not-for-profit organization led by German Jaramillo. In spring 2008 he was commissioned to create a new piece by Dancing in the Streets with funding from Harlem Stage. Fetecua has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2006. He would like to dedicate his dancing to the dear memory of his brother Oscar, his father Israel, and his mother Maria Eugenia.
Elise Drew Leon is originally from Oxford, CT and received her early training with the Brass City Ballet School before graduating from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. She has performed with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Pajarillo Pinta’o, TAKE Dance Company, the Santa Fe Opera, and Seán Curran Company. Ms. Drew joined the Limón Dance Company in 2010 and received a 2014 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium.
Roxane D’Orléans Juste (Associate Artistic Director), a native of Montreal, Canada, has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 1983. She has also performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and Annabelle Gamson Dance Solos. Ms. D’Orléans Juste’s choreography has been presented by Toronto Danceworks, Shoenberg Dancycle, Dia Center for the Arts, L’Agora de la Danse, The Yard, and the Museé du Quebec. She was honored with the Canadian Dance Award, Le Prix Jacqueline Lemieux (1980), and is the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for Creation in Fine Arts. An active master teacher, she also stages José Limón’s choreography for companies and ensembles around the world.
Kurt Douglas received his BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory, and his MFA from Hollins University. Kurt Joined the Limon Dance Company and in 2001 and has also danced with the Thang Dao Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Sean Curran Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Kurt has produced and conducted Limon Dance workshops and master classes throughout many institutions in the United States, Australia, South America, Mexico, France, and England.
Durell R. Comedy, a native of Prince Georges County MD, began dancing at the age of 6 with Spirit Wings Dance Company. He graduated from the Visual & Performing Arts program of Suitland High School in 2004 and from George Mason University (magna cum laude), receiving his BFA Degree in Dance Performance in 2008. Since then, he has worked and performed with artists such as the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, CorbinDances, Roger C. Jeffrey|Subtle Changes & Kyle Abraham|Abraham.In.Motion. Described as a “scrupulous dancer with a serious jump” by the New York Times, Mr. Comedy was a soloist dancer with the Baltimore Opera Company in their production of Aida, a Principal Dancer in Washington National Opera’s production of Show Boat. A former fellowship student at the Ailey School, Mr. Comedy joined the Limón Dance Company in 2009.
Mica Bernas, originally from Manila, Philippines, received her training at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School studying ballet, modern and other techniques. She later on became a soloist of Ballet Philippines, performing major roles in productions and worked with acclaimed Filipino choreographers like Agnes Locsin, Denisa Reyes, Tony Fabella, Alden Lugnasin, Novy Bereber. Since moving to New York in 2006, Mica has worked with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Connecticut Ballet, H.T. Chen & Dancers, White Wave Dance, Armitage Gone Dance, and Gallim Dance. She also worked with Ginette Laurin, Artistic Director of O Vertigo as part of Springboard Danse Montreal in 2014. Mica is currently on faculty at BIMA at Brandeis University.
Kathryn Alter hails from Juneau, Alaska. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she went on to graduate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001. In 2003, Alter joined the Limón Dance Company. She is also a founding member of the Riedel Dance Theater and has enjoyed projects with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater. Alter is a faculty member of the Limón Institute, and has been a guest teacher across the U.S. and Mexico. Her latest choreographic project was at Stephens College in May.