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Mijin Jung was born into a musical family and started piano lesson at age five. She is classically trained as a pianist and composer through performing art school. She has a BM in Jazz Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music, and a MM in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory. She has worked with the Boston Ballet School, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School, Cedar Lake Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Martha Graham School, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, Ballet Hispanico, The Joffrey Ballet School, LaGuardia High School, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Rioult, Manhattan Youth Ballet, and the Limón Dance Company and School. Mijin also collaborates with choreographers, singers, performers, and is currently on faculty at the Ailey School and NYU Tisch. http://www.facebook.com/themijin
Andy Monroe has been accompanying dance for 36 years. He currently works at The Ailey School and The Juilliard School, where he plays for Limòn, Graham, Horton, Ballet, and Paul Taylor techniques. He has also recorded 2 albums of music for dance class (JOYFUL NOISE: DISC ONE and JOYFUL NOISE: DISC TWO), which can be purchased at www.andymonroe.com and www.cdbaby.com. He is also a musical theatre lyricist / composer / librettist and a singer-songwriter.
Quentin Tolimieri is a composer, pianist and improvisor whose work has been presented throughout Europe and North America. He has recorded on the labels pfMENTUM and Wandelweiser Records (the album for the latter, West Coast Soundings, was named a top 10 modern classical album of 2014 by the Wire Magazine). A section of Eldritch Priest’s Boring Formless Nonsense, Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure is devoted to a lengthy discussion of his work Josef, Lieber Josef Mein. He holds an MA from The University of Southampton (UK) and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. More information is available at www.quentintolimieri.com
Choreography: José Limón Music: Hank Johnson (incidental music)
Choreography: José Limón Music: Ludwig von Beethoven
Choreography: José Limón Music: danced in silence
Savannah Spratt (Apprentice), born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania, began dancing at age three before attending the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School to study dance alongside high school academics. In the spring of 2016, she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts earning a BFA in Contemporary Dance while being the named recipient of the Sarah Graham Keenan scholarship. Savannah has had the honor and joy of performing works by Merce Cunningham, Jose Limón, Lucinda Childs, Doug Varone, Ton Simons. Shen Wei, Xan Burley, Helen Simoneau, Anna Sperber, Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, and Ming Lung Yang.
Alex McBride (Apprentice) is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana where he began his early dance training at Lafayette Ballet Theater. He went on to receive his BFA from The University of Arizona in Tucson. While in school, he performed works by Jose Limon, George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, and Larry Keigwin. Additionally, Alex has trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and River North Dance Company in Chicago. Since moving to New York City, Alex has performed with Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs. After graduating in 2016, he joined the Limon Company as an Apprentice.
Bradley Beakes was born in Glendora, California and began his formal dance training at the age of fifteen. He later graduated from California State University, Fullerton, where he was honored to work with choreographers Colin Connor, Mike Esperanza, Rob Kitsos, Louis Kavouras, and Viktor Kabaniaev. In 2007 and 2008, Bradley received scholarships to attend the Limon West Coast Summer Workshop, as well as a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Ballet in 2008. While in California, Bradley danced with BARE Dance Company and Visions Dance Theatre, where at the latter he was named the 2010 Lester Horton Award Winner for “Outstanding Male Performance”. In 2010, he attended the Ailey School, and shortly thereafter danced with NYC based companies Project 44 and Naganuma Dance. In 2011, Bradley moved to Salt Lake City, UT to perform and teach with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company until 2016. In his time with the company, Bradley was fortunate to work perform in original roles by choreographers including Daniel Charon, Doug Varone, Jonah Bokaer, Joanna Kotze, Johannes Weiland, Netta Yerulshalmy, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Adam Barruch, Miguel Azcue, and Keith Johnson. He also performed in full evenings of choreography by Alwin Nikolais, as well as in works by Murray Louis, Bill T. Jones, John Jasperse, Ann Carlson, Larry Keigwin, Brook Notary, Karole Armitage, Joan Woodbury, Shirley Ririe, John Utans and Tandy Beal.
Bradley’s choreography has been presented in venues across California and Utah, including The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, The Utah Art Festival, American College Dance Association, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s ‘Momentum’.
Bradley joined Limón Dance Company in 2016.
Leon Cobb was born on July, 4 1992 in Broward County Florida. He began his dance training at the age of 17 at Boynton Beach Community High School, under the Direction of Elizabeth Gonzales. Leon also received training at Southern Dance Theater, under the Direction of Penny Greenly and Julie Bravta.
Leon has also received dance training from Tracy Mozingo, a graduate of UNCSA, Anne Polajenko, Lori Morales, Stacy Marzullo, Tosha Robinson, and Sandra Goodnough. He has had the opportunity to further his dance training at Alvin Ailey’s summer intensive, Dance Dimension, Alonzo King’s Lines ballet summer intensive as a scholarship student, and a myriad of master classes at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
He was then accepted to New World School of the Arts/ University of Florida – Dance Division. Under the direction of Dean Mary Lisa Burns, Rebecca Cannon, Tina Santos Wahl, Arnold Quintaine, Joseé Garant, Bambi Anderson, Gerald Ebitz, and Peter London, he performed world renowned works choreographed by Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, and Eduardo Vilaro. In 2011, Leon danced with Joseé Garrant Dance Company, later joining Peter London Global Dance Company where he has danced for four seasons. Upon graduating New World School of the Arts he performed and toured with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Also receiving recognition for Top Ten Contemporary choreography at the YAGP annual competition. This his first season with the Limón Dance Company.
Jesse Obremski – a native New Yorker, has been described by DanceTabs as one who dances “with fluent simplicity” and “quiet understanding”. He started training at The Ailey School and later at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. While there, he performed in musical productions of A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and Guys and Dolls. In 2016, Jesse graduated from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Jesse, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient (2010), a Father Fame Awardee (2012), and recipient of the 2016 Jadin Wong Dance Award, administered by the Asian American Arts Alliance, has also attended Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA), and Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program. Jesse also enjoys choreographing, teaching, photography, and stagecraft.
He has had the pleasure to perform works by renowned choreographers such as Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, MADBOOTS, Brian Brooks, Camille A. Brown, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Martha Graham (principle role), José Limón (soloist role), Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Paul Taylor (principle role) and Kate Weare among others. Jesse has performed at various venues including The Joyce Theatre, BAM Fisher, Kaatsbaan International Center, The Apollo Theater, the American Dancing Festival and Chicago Dancing Festival.
Jesse has performed with Diversity of Dance Inc., the Kate Weare Company, DaretoCreate Dance Theatre, Zest Collective, and is currently a company member with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2015-present), Buglisi Dance Theatre (2016-present). This is Jesse’s first season with the Limón Dance Company.
Tomas J. Rossant is a founding Design Partner of Ennead Architects. His work is recognized for design excellence and has received New York State AIA and New York City AIA Awards as well as other local and regional awards. Projects completed under Tomas’ design leadership include: the new headquarters for the WGBH Public Broadcasting Station in Boston, the third building for Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, the renovation and expansion of the Peter Norton Symphony Space, the renovation of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Eastern Parkway Entry Pavilion for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He is currently designing the Center for Neuroscience Excellence at North Shore University Hospital, a New Academic Building for the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the renovation and expansion of Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning, & Design, and the Masterplan for Yaddo, the historic artist colony in New York State.
Robert A. Meiste is an Attorney, a partner in Pedowitz & Meister LLP, and an Adjunct Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, he is a member of the Bars of New York State and numerous federal courts. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. Bob became a Director of the José Limón Dance Foundation in 2004 and serves on its Executive Committee. He was President and Chairman from 2006 to June, 2013. He traces his interest in Limón to the 1940’s when his mother studied dance with José Limón.
Louis Maldonado is a consummate marketing professional. At d’expósito & Partners, he leads new business development and oversees several of the agency’s accounts like ConAgra Foods and Amway Global. Prior to joining d expósito, Louis worked at the Marketing Store, where he was the account director overseeing McDonald’s National Hispanic Promotions and Brand Activation Work, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Mexican National Team Activations. Louis previously worked at The Bravo Group, as well as at the general market shop Warwick-Baker-O’Neill. While at Bravo, he was instrumental in developing new business. He worked in the OTC and pharmaceutical categories, leading the Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Glaxosmithkline, Novartis, and Astrazeneca teams. Louis also led the Philip-Morris USA business, handling the youth smoking prevention and Quitassist brands. Other brand experience includes Hellmann’s Best Foods Mayonnaise, French’s Mustard, Frank’s Red Hot, Magner’s Irish Cider, and H+R Block.
Gerardo de Nicolás Gutiérrez is the HOMEX’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. de Nicolás served as Chief Strategic Officer and head of the Executive Committee from October 2006 to June 5, 2007. Mr. de Nicolás also served as the CEO of the Company from 1997 to September 2006. He holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Panamericana, in Mexico City and an MBA from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara.
Paula Carriço Maria Paula Carriço is a Director at Athelera LLC. She joined in October 2005. From 1999 to 2005 Maria Paula worked at Violy & Company and Violy, Byorum & Partners as an Associate and Vice President providing strategic advisory and capital raising capability to companies across sectors in Latin America. Maria Paula developed a particular focus in the telecommunications, airline, gaming, beverage, and packaging industries as well as in the development of new business opportunities and client relationships. From 1996 through 1999, Maria Paula was a Corporate Finance Analyst at Lehman Brothers within the Latin America and Global Privatization Groups where she focused primarily on strategic advisory assignments with clients in the telecommunications and energy sectors in Latin America. Assignments included the strategic advisory to the Government of Brazil regarding the privatization of the telecommunications sector, and M&A privatization advisory to Telefonica Internacional on their acquisition of telecommunications assets in Brazil totaling US$10 billion. Maria Paula holds a Master in Environmental and Energy Analysis from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires. Maria Paula is a citizen of Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.
Sonia Garcia-Romero is a Managing Director and market manager responsible for the Andes, Central America and Caribbean region of J.P. Morgan Latin America Private Bank. Sonia began her career in Spain with J.P. Morgan Investment Bank in 1994 and moved to London in 1995 to work with the Global Markets Treasury Liquidity and Repo desks. In March 2000, she joined Bankers Trust in New York as a structured derivatives specialist for the Latin American Private Wealth Management. She returned to J.P. Morgan Private Bank in May 2003 as senior investment advisor to manage client’s portfolios. Sonia holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from C.U.N.E.F. (Universidad Complutense) in Madrid.
Ivan Sacks is a private client lawyer and trusted advisor to international and domestic families of significant wealth. He became global Chairman of Withers Worldwide in July 2013. Ivan is also head of the firm’s Latin American Planning Group. Both in the US and in an international context, he counsels families and entrepreneurs on the structuring of their closely held business interests, family offices, and charitable foundations, the design and administration of trusts and estates, and comprehensive risk management, governance and succession planning. He also frequently advises banks and trust companies on fiduciary matters. Mr. Sacks is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He is an active member of several bar and professional bar associations and speaks frequently on topics related to wealth planning. He also serves as a director or other fiduciary for a number of private and non-profit organizations.
David Glista is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance Performance.At The Conservatory, he performed works by José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Doug Varone, Alwin Nikolais, Paul Taylor, and Bill T. Jones. Since graduating in 2013, David has been a member of Prometheus Dance, The People Movers, and The Anna Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble. David also works as a freelance set and lighting technician, and stage manager.
Ruka Hatua-Saar holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University and an MFA from Hollins University. He is also an Act-So Dance Gold Medalist. He has danced with Armitage Gone! Dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadanco and has performed works by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, and Donald Byrd. This is his first season with the Limón Dance Company.
Paquito D’Rivera. Composer, clarinet and saxophone musician, Paquito D’Rivera is known worldwide as one of the most versatile accomplished jazz artists of our time. Trained as a classical musician, he has made his mark in the classical and jazz idioms, and has received numerous awards for his contributions as a composer and performer, including: 2005 National Medal of the Arts from the NEA, the first artist to win Latin GRAMMY’s in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories in 2003, 2005 NEA Jazz Master, 2008 Living Jazz Legend Award, 2008 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) President’s Award, 2008 Frankfurter Musikpreis, 2009 Medal of Arts from National Arts Club, and a Nelson A Rockefeller Honoree and the African-American Classical Music Award from Spelman College in 2010. He is Artist in Residence at NJPAC and serves as a board member of many influential artistic organizations in the US, impacting both classical and jazz musical idioms. He has served as artistic director of jazz programming at the NJ Chamber Music Society and continues as Artistic Director of the famous world-class Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta Del Este in Uruguay. Additionally, he is Artistic Director of Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. This year he collaborated with the Limón Dance Company in his first commission for a contemporary dance company.
Choreography: José Limón Music: Norman Dello Joio “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.The entire work is, both choreographically and musically, a theme with variations. Limón used as his theme a large circle, which, at the opening of the work, fills the stage and moves majestically as if to evoke the interminable passage of time. This circle is seen repeatedly in many guises, rhythms and dramatic shapes, always making allusion to the text from Ecclesiastes and its evocation of human experience. View Video
Choreography: José Limón Music: Gunter Schuller (Symphony for Brasses)
Choreography: José Limón Music: Henry Purcell, arranged by Simon Sadoff Cited by critics the world over as José Limón’s masterpiece, it captures the drama and passion of Shakespeare’s Othello in a timeless portrayal of love, jealousy, and betrayal. View Video
Choreography: Dianne McIntyre
Choreography: José Limón Music: Original-Eugene Lester/New Score-John Magnussen “…an evocation of the heroic power of the human spirit, triumphant over death itself…“ View Video
Choreography: Doris Humphrey
Choreography: Sean Curran Music: Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Sila
Choreography: José Limón Music: Zoltán Kodály Zoltán Kodály, the Hungarian composer, wrote Missa Brevis in Tempore Bellie at the end of World War II. A Mass in time of war, it was completed under great hardship during the siege of Budapest. Limón’s stirring choreography depicts an indomitable humanity rising up after near destruction. The piece is a memento to cities destroyed during World War II and to those unconquerable qualities in human beings that compel the spirit to rise in hope and to survive. View Video
Choreography:José Limón Music: Frédéric Chopin A tribute to the heroic spirit of the Polish people, the work was created in 1958 for three men and four women. Mazurkas was restaged in 1985 for five women and four men, and consists of five solos, three duets, a men’s trio, a women’s quartet, and several group dances. It can be performed with the piano onstage. View Video
Choreography: José Limón Music: Normal Lloyd
Choreography: José Limón Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography: Rodrigo Pedernairas Music: Paquito D’Rivera
Choreography: José Limón Music: Johann Sebastian Bach The “chaconne” as a dance form originated in New Spain, now Mexico, as a robust and raucous dance. Bach employed the strict musical form of the “chaconne” but enriched it with powerful emotional implications. Limón tried to capture in his dance both the formal austerity and the profound feeling of the music. View Video
Elisa Schreiber hails from St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a BA in English and a minor in dance – under the direction of Clay Taliaferro – from Duke University. Since graduating in 2005, Elisa has had the pleasure of performing solo works by Anna Sokolow, Doris Humphrey, and Jose Limón. Elisa has worked with the Swiss-based company FlowingDanceCompany, Dance Heginbotham, and was a guest artist with the Limón Dance Company from 2011-2015. Currently, Elisa is on faculty at the Limón Institute and performs with Sue Bernhard Danceworks and Kathryn Alter and Dancers.
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.
Percussionist Owen Weaver has been featured in the NYC-based Wordless Music Series, MATA Interval Series, Fast Forward Austin, two Nonclassical Records SXSW official showcases, and National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. A diverse collaborator, he has performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the U.S. with Mantra Percussion, Glenn Branca Ensemble, NEWSPEAK, Concert Black, and others including performances with Conspirare: A Company of Voices for a PBS television special and Grammy-nominated-album. A passionate educator, Owen is a teaching artist for both the West Side YMCA and has taught at Yale, Cornell, CalArts, Texas Lutheran University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Hartt School, and Rikers Island Correctional Facility.
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
Jack Morer is a New York City based guitarist and composer. He has performed in numerous national and international theater tours, and in the orchestras of over 25 original Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, most recently in the 60s musical revue “Trip Of Love” at Stage 42 in NYC. Jack composes themes and plays music for television shows and nationally televised commercials as well as continually performing in NYC area as a bandleader and composer with instrumental ensemble Clancy Bone. Jack is an accomplished loopiest composing and accompanying for Contemporary Ballet and Modern/Contemporary dance. He has released 2 full length CDs of original music for Concert Dance featuring the Baritone Guitar with Looping Pedal. Currently on staff at Marymount Manhattan College and The Alvin Ailey School. http://jackmorer.com/
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 (Legacy Director) joined the Limón Dance Company in 1965. She soon became a principal dancer under Limón’s direction and, in 1975, Assistant Artistic Director under Ruth Currier. Ms. Maxwell was appointed Artistic Director in 1978, and during her tenure, the Company emerged as one of the finest repertory dance ensembles in the world. 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. Acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic dancer, she danced many major roles with the Company, including the title role in Carlota, Limón’s final ballet which he choreographed for her. Ms. Maxwell is responsible for many of the Company’s reconstructions of Limón dances, and as a choreographer, she has created works for the Company and regional companies throughout the U.S. She teaches internationally as both a representative of the Company and a guest artist-in-residence.
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.
Kyle Maxwell-Doherty continues to divide his time between dance accompaniment, freelance percussion, and teaching. Currently he performs regularly with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Hamilton: An American Musical, and Atlas Percussion. His dance accompaniment can be heard at the Limón School, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College. Recently he has had the privilege of teaching at Westchester Community College and at Hofstra. He has also worked for Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Center, 92nd Street Y, The New School, Juilliard, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Keigwin+Company. He has also served on the Dance Notation Bureau’s Professional Advisory Board since 2014. www.kylejmaxwelldoherty.com
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 of dance in Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New York and The Netherlands. 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, born in NYC, is a graduate of Montclair State University where he received his B.F.A. in Dance. While attending, he performed the works of José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Bill T. Jones, Earl Mosley and worked with interactive filmmaker/collection artist Grahame Weinbren. In 2013, Mark was recipient of the Spirit of Dance Award given by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Since graduating, he has worked with Douglass Dunn and Dancers, WHITE WAVE Dance, ARCOS Dance and Christina Noel and The Creature among others. Mr. Willis joined the Limon Dance Company in the spring of 2015.
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. She began her dance training at The Academy of Movement and Music under the direction of Stephanie Clemens and performed extensively with the affiliated Momenta Performing Arts Company dancing in reconstructions of historical works. She furthered her training at The Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance under Larry Long. Ms. Monroe-Cook went on to receive her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2002 under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. She then joined the Limón Dance Company where she danced until 2007 before moving to Seattle, Washington. In 2011 she received her MFA from The University of Washington with a focus on psychology in dance education.
Ms. Monroe-Cook rejoined the Limón Dance Company in 2013 and now divides her time between New York and Seattle. In Seattle she has performed with Angier Performance Works, Ashani Dances, Catherine Cabeen and Company, The Chamber Dance Company, and Seattle Dance Project. She continues to teach ballet and Limón technique, and stages Limón repertoire for companies and schools internationally. She has served on the faculties of Cornish College of the Arts, Dance Fremont, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The University of Washington, and Velocity Dance Center, and as a guest teacher at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Florida, Yale University, and others. Ms. Monroe-Cook is a certified Pilates instructor through the Kane School of Core Integration, and is licensed in the GYROKINESIS® method.
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 hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malavé, among many others, and went on to receive a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2007 under the direction of Larry Rhodes. Logan has performed in theaters across five continents, worked with choreographers such as Adam H. Weinert and Jonah Bokaer, with the company Shen Wei Dance Arts, and has appeared as part of Damian Woetzel’s DEMO at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Logan joined the Limón Dance Company in 2009 where she has performed featured roles in works by José Limón, Jiří Kylián, and Rodrigo Pederneiras. Logan has taught ballet and contemporary dance to students of all ages and levels in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, has been on faculty at Ballet Tech and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and been part of the Joffrey Ballet School’s national and international audition tour. Logan is currently on faculty at the Limón Institute at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. Logan has served as rehearsal director for Adam H. Weinert’s MONUMENT, and has reconstructed Limón repertory for Dancewave, MONUMENT, and the Vail International Dance Festival.
Originally from Gaston, Oregon, Ross Katen trained at the Westside Dance Academy, The Portland Ballet, and Arts & Communication Magnet Academy. Additionally Katen has studied at The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Katen graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Dance where he had the opportunity to perform works by Cherylyn Lavignino, Alex Ketley, and Mark Morris. Shortly after he joined the Limón Dance Company performing works by José Limón, Carla Maxwell, Seán Curran, and Rodrigo Pederneiras. Katen also performs with ChrisMastersDance, Chuck Wilt’s Una Projects, Company XIV, and most recently with Adam Weinert’s MONUMENT.
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 of Puerto Rican descent, is originally from Oxford, CT. She received her early training with the Brass City Ballet School before graduating with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Her performance credits include Barkin/Selissen Project, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Pajarillo Pinta’o, the Santa Fe Opera, Seán Curran Company, TAKE Dance Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut. Elise joined the Limón Dance Company in 2010, where she received a 2014 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium and was designated the 2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Rising Star in the Performing Arts. As a teacher and coach, Elise has worked with students from Adelphi University, The Ailey School, Ballet Tech, Boden Center for the Performing Arts, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Fort Hamilton High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Westover School, The Taft School and New York University. Elise was selected as a 2014 Performer In Transition Fellow for the BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management and now serves on the advisory board for The Treehouse Shakers. That same year, she was one of two recipients of Dance/USA’s John R. Munger Research Fellowship, where she looked at the impact of the nonprofit model on single choreographer dance companies. Since 2010, she has served as The Ailey School’s Summer Housing Coordinator. Elise is currently on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center.
Roxane D’Orléans Juste, a native of Montreal, Canada, was a member of the Limón Dance Company 1983 to 2016. 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.
An imaginative and versatile pianist/composer, David Broome has a playful taste for all genres of music. His performances have been appreciated in America, Australia, Russia and across Europe. He has been described in the New York Times as a “deft and focused performer,” as well as an artist who composes “juicily atmospheric music.” As a creator of original works, David produces musical worlds that investigate sound and the act of performing with humor and wide-eyed curiosity. As a widely sought after interpreter of new music, David is dedicated to presenting music that is quirky and original.
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 attended Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001. Ms. Alter has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2002. She is also a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater, and worked with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi. She is on faculty at the Limon Institute, and teaches internationally. In 2011, Kathryn Alter and Dancers began with the presentation of three solos as a part of the Soliloquios y Dialogos Festival at Los Talleres de Coyoacan in Mexico City. In addition to working with her pick-up group, Alter is also a part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Project (http://www.nadineproject.com) and helps to organize the Limón Company Choreographer showcases. Her most recent choreographic commissions were created in Michigan at Grand Valley State University, and in New York at Iona College. Her work has also been shown in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Mexico. She has been presented as part of the American Dance Guild’s Bare Bones, Spring Movement, and Performance Studio Open House at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. Alter was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency.