Dance for Alan

Dear Friends,

The life and work of Alan Danielson, Limón School Director, will be commemorated on February 28th, 2015.

His impact reached all over the world to thousands of students and teachers, and we know not everyone can attend the Memorial event in person.   Join us in celebrating his life and work by leaving messages below.

Alan was asked once, “What would you like to offer young dancers today?” His response was extraordinary: “I would like to share my love for movement – what it feels like and what it projects to those who are watching. I would like to share my joy in working with music and creating with other dancers. I’d like to show them how dance is life, and how it communicates our existence as human beings.

To join the invitation list for February 28th please email

To share a special quote or memory please click below:

 Photo: MEMORIAL EVENT:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>DANCE FOR ALAN DANIELSON</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Evening of FEBRUARY 28 in NYC</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>A special evening of dance, music and friends to celebrate the life and work of Limon School Director, Alan Danielson.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>As we anticipate a full house and space is very limited, attendance is by invitation on a first-come basis. To join the invitation list please send contact details to at your earliest convenience.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Time and location will be included on the RSVP.

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17 entries.
Susanne Williams from Woodland Park, NJ wrote on March 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm:
Ill miss Alan! I started taking his classes in 1993, after I graduated college where I danced a lot of Limon. Alan was one of the stable people in my life as my 20's and 30's ground on and jobs changed, friends changed, boyfriends changed....But my Limon classes were always there, and Alan was so wonderful. Ill miss that friendly face in the dance studio, where I was the old lady among the young gals. What a shame, he was a wonderful teacher and beautiful choreographer.
Alexx Shilling from Los Angeles wrote on March 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm:
Alan - I came to your class craving the modern dance foundation I had not studied as a young dancer at a time in my life where, as I told you, I just wanted to be truthful. Your class was specific, delicious, rigorous and left space for individuals and individual explorations to shine through. We only made one piece together - maybe we weren't the best creative fit - but I always felt supported by your teachings and landed in graduate school bolstered by your encouragement. Now I'm California, where you once said you thought I was from already! And I can't imagine New York without you, the city you were meant to tear through. Much love, respect, admiration to you.
Anne-Sophie Fenner from Zürich wrote on March 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm:
Dear Alan. I cannot imagine coming to New York and not taking your class. Whenever I came to New York in the past 20 years…. I always came to take your class. You - together with Ernestine Stodelle were my first Limon teacher back in … something like… 1989 or 1990…. Thank you for your teachings! thank you for your patience to remind me again and again to "relax my neck" 🙂 I will never forget that! And whenever I teach a class myself.. that is my main focus: Let go of the tension we have in the neck.. only then are we able to do a real "Swing"! a real and honest "Fall" and Recover.. only then can we actually breathe! Thank you Alan. I miss you. Next Monday my company is performing in Zürich.. We will dance for you. we will dedicate this performance to you. you will always be in my dancing consciousness.
Victoria Hainsby-Greene from New York wrote on March 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm:
Alan - New York is just not the same without you, the memories I have here in dance are all associated with you and brought me back time and time again to your class, your teachings and your artistry. You supported and challenged and crafted so many dancers and it was a great great pleasure to have known you. I miss you.
Nicole Philippidis from NY wrote on February 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm:
Alan you were an amazing teacher, mentor, and friend. You inspired me for over ten years and I am forever grateful. I celebrate your life and cherish your memory each and every time I create movement.
Kay Rediers from Bloomfield Hills wrote on February 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm:
I had the great fortune of dancing with Alan at Wayne State University when we were both students in their dance program. I always looked up to him, as a dancer and a person. Through the years we have been in a few shared concerts and I had the great fortune of taking his teacher workshop in Montreal in 2013. Thank you Alan, for sharing your beautiful music, your movement and your great passion for the Limon dance form.
Mary Ford Sussman from Dobbs Ferry NY wrote on February 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm:
Alan was always so kind to me and inspiring to me as a teacher of Limon. I did not take his classes regularly but I admired his knowledge of music and the Limon technique and how he integrated them with such mastery and humility. I always had great admiration for his choreography too. After I left the Limon Company I was considering coming back to take the teacher's workshop and he was so kind to respond to me and encourage me. He sent me an article he wrote about the Limon/Humphrey technique and how , because of its motivating principles of moving from breath impulses, and responding to gravity, this technique was very current and was an invitation for individual exploration not only to choreographers, but to teachers as well. I have always remembered that as I develop my way as a teacher. Thank you Alan and God Bless!! Peace
Josephine Yeh from Brooklyn wrote on February 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm:
We miss you, Alan! You helped me become the dancer I am today. Forever I thank you.
Jane Wong from Boston wrote on February 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm:
Dear Alan

I started taking your class when Limon was on Broadway. There was one time when the musician did not come. You played for class while you taught. It was a memory which inspired me. A few years later, I took your class at Peridance. You remembered me and we started talking. You told me that you actually started as a choral conductor. You're so inspiring because I realize that one can be a fine dancer, but what made you so special (aside from the fact that you're an extremely humble human being) is your musicianship. A few years later, I did apply to a music conservatory and began playing for dance classes. My understanding of dance helped a lot in my accompanying, and vice versa. I saw you last on the street on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn. You seemed to be thinking of something. You've deeply influenced me with the quality I dance; your spirit will never vanish.
Bettin Szabo from Montreal wrote on February 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm:
I met Alan back in 2006 when I was still living in Uruguay. He had come to Montevideo to honour the 25h anniversary of the dance group I was a part of; the Ballet de Camara of Montevideo. Whose director Hebe Rosa was once student of Jose Limon herself. I was about to emmigrate to Canada and I asked for advice and refferences to where to go and how did the dance world worked in north americe. He was very helpfull and definitly his advice made a difference into making me the professional dancer I am today. The thing is that when you come from a small country where I couldn`t even dare to dream to be a professional dancer, meeting someone like him made me believe. I am very sorry to hear that he apssed, but very happy of having had the chance of meeting such a generous and wonderful person. May his legacy live forever.
Jim Glenn from Salt Lake City wrote on February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm:
We first met at Ruth's studio..where the climb up the stairs was sufficient for warm up. Too many moments with the consummate musician, class-mate, choreographer, company member, touring mate and true friend that was Alan to share here...but every one had a minimum, and often all, components of patience, love and joy. I miss you old friend.
Carla Segovia from Mexico wrote on February 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm:
Back in 2012, Alan Danielson came to Mexico and gave us some classes. I was so happy to learn from a teacher who loved art so much, that one day I bought him a bag of typical candy from the city and wrote him a letter, where I thanked him for everything I had learned from him in such a short time. At that moment, his face had a big extraordinary smile and said thank you very sincerely. I will never forget those days and that moment. Now I still say thank you, for everything, always.
Manuela Vesco from Palermo wrote on February 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm:
Dear Alan, I will always remember what did you say me in our first dance meeting... (Palermo 2004)
TRUST.... FIDUCIA. Today i try to teach it to my apprentice.
Thank you maestro for your joyous presence!
Chantale Desgroseilliers from Montréal, Québec, Canada wrote on February 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm:
Great teacher, amazing human being, a mentor and a friend. Alan was an inspiration for dance teachers ! Under his teaching, dance classes has become more than teaching movements to dancers... It was all about feeling and sharing human experiences.... with rythm.. 😉
He taught me so much ! A part of him stays with me, through my teaching of course, as well as in my hearth.

Thank you Alan for so much love xx
Sanne van der Put from Rotterdam, the Netherlands wrote on February 23, 2015 at 7:54 am:
Dear Limon faculty, friends and family of Alan,

Thank you for organizing the upcoming memorial for Alan – if anybody deserves to be remembered it is him.
Alan has been a huge inspiration for me since I met him in 1998. Of course he was a wonderful teacher and an incredible musician, but there was so much more to him: he phenomenally combined passion with modesty, analysis with sensitivity, kindness with drive, life with art, respect for heritage with his own contemporary development: and he did it all with great awareness and an intelligent sense of humor. Alan, and what he stood for, was the reason I stayed in dance. I thank him for that from the bottom of my heart.

I’m very sorry not to be able to attend the memorial service.
For that reason, and feelings of deep gratitude, I made a short video for Alan.

Here is the link, hopefully you can show it on the night of the memorial.

Warm regards,

Sanne van der Put
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ambra from Palermo (Italy) wrote on February 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm:
I can't believe...
I was just 16 when I saw him the first time. He showed me a world I didn't know before.
I will love him and his dance forever. A piece of my heart is gone with him.
Alan, thank you so much for every movement, every word, every emotion you gave to me.
Julia Gleich from London wrote on February 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm:
If it weren't for Alan, I would not have had the confidence to make the wonderful journey into Humphrey-Limon I took as an adult. Alan was a patient and oh so musical teacher who took me by the hand and opened the door to the joy of this dance form, which I had never studied before. I will never forget our evening classes in the old penthouse studio in 1996. He and Andy created the most gorgeous class together and I will always be grateful for that time. He is sadly missed, but I will always carry the joy of dance that he shared through Limon in my heart.