Dancers

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.
Raphaël Boumaïla, a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse, performed in France with the Red note/Andy Degroat Company before becoming a charter member of the Limón West Dance Project in CA. He has performed duet concerts with Nina Watt in the U.S. and abroad. He teaches and has reconstructed Limón in the Nederlands, Argentina and universities around the US. He joined the Limón Dance Company in 1998.
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.
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.
Elise Drew Leon, of Puerto Rican descent, is originally from Oxford, CT and received her early training with the Brass City Ballet School. An original member of TAKE Dance and HopeBoykinDance, she has performed with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, the Santa Fe Opera, Sean Curran Company, and Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Drew joined the Company in 2010.
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.
Kristen head shot NEW small b&wKristen 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.
RossKaten NEWRoss Katen is originally from Oregon where he graduated from the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy.  Throughout the years Ross has studied at The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance.  Ross has recently graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance.  While pursuing his BFA he has had the opportunity to perform works by James Sutton, Cherylyn Lavignino, Alex Ketley, and Mark Morris.  Other credits include works by Dana Katz, John Magnus, Donald McKayle, Chuck Wilt, Chihiro Shimizu and Iain Rowe.  This is his first year with the Limón Dance Company.
Logan head shot NEWLogan 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.

Brenna Monroe-Cook-Headshot squareBrenna 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.

Dante Puleio squareDante Puleio is a Jersey boy. He was a late bloomer and started dancing at 19. He trained in London then 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.  Although it was an amazing performing experience, he discovered how he definitely missed his time with Limón. He rejoined the company in 2008, and couldn’t be happier to be back. He would be nowhere without the love and support of his friends and family.
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.
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.