Limón classes, all in collaboration with live musicians, are led by a faculty of current and former members of the Limón Dance Company, and accomplished artists committed to the technique. The classes focus on developing dancing of greater clarity, energy, health and expressiveness. Rooted in the resilience of fall and recovery, there is great attention to opposition and movement through the body and beyond, and to phrasing and musicality. The organic and supportive approach to movement is useful for all dancers.

Current Schedule:
All classes are 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 – Sue Bernhard
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 – Kathryn Alter
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25 – Kathryn Alter

Open level Limón technique classes. Experience in Limón is not essential; dance experience is preferred.


The José Limón Dance Foundation exists to extend the vitality of the Limón legacy into the future, to continue to develop its humanistic approach to movement and theater, and enliven the culture through performance, creation, preservation and education.

    Instructors

  • Kathryn Alter

    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.

  • Bradley Beakes

    Bradley Beakes is a New York City based dancer, choreographer, and teacher originally from Glendora, CA. He has had the privilege of dancing with Limón Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, Project 44, NOW-ID, Keith Johnson/Dancers, Naganuma Dance, and Visions Dance Theatre where he was named the 2010 Lester Horton Award Winner for “Outstanding Male Performance”. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Bradley has taught in Universities and teaching institutions across the country and on faculty for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Limón Dance Company’s summer intensives. His choreography has been presented at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Ririe-Woodbury’s ‘Momentum’, and the Utah Arts Festival. Bradley has taught company class for Limón Dance Company and Ririe-Woodbury and has most recently served on faculty for the Limón School.

  • Becky Brown

    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 on faculty at the Ailey School Professional and Junior Divisions.

  • Sue Bernhard

    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.

  • Colin Connor

    Colin Connor (Artistic Director), born in London, England, is the fifth Artistic Director in the José Limón Dance Foundation’s 70 year history. Mr. Connor began dancing in Canada and was a soloist with the Limón Dance Company for eight years, guest performed with several other companies, and toured extensively with his own work. He has always been committed to the idea that dancers are creative artists and that dancing is the act of drawing from a large range of influences, musical, literary, sensory, social and scientific, to bring attention back to the visceral communicative power of the human body. Mr. Connor’s over fifty choreographic commissions span the worlds of contemporary, ballet and flamenco companies, and his works have been presented at numerous venues across the Americas and Europe. As an educator, Mr. Connor has been on the faculties of The Juilliard School, New York University, and the City College of New York.  For fourteen years he was full-time faculty at the California Institute of the Arts where he served as Director of Student Professional Development.

  • Logan Frances Kruger

    Logan Frances Kruger has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2009 performing featured roles in works by José Limón, Kate Weare, Jiří Kylián and Rodrigo Pederneiras among others. She has performed in theaters across five continents, danced in Shen Wei Dance Arts, appeared as part of Damian Woetzel’s DEMO at the Guggenheim Museum and worked with choreographers such as Adam H. Weinert and Jonah Bokaer. She has staged Limón choreography on artists such as Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild of New York City Ballet, and reconstructed Limón repertory for Dancewave, MONUMENT, and the Vail International Dance Festival. Logan, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malavé, went on to receive a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has taught contemporary dance and ballet 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.

  • Elise Drew Leon

    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.

  • Brenna Monroe-Cook

    Brenna Monroe-Cook is originally from Oak Park, Illinois. Upon graduating from The Juilliard School in 2002, she joined the Limón Dance Company where she danced until 2007. 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 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.  Ms Monroe-Cook teaches Limón technique for the Limón School in New York, leads Limón Summer Workshops nationally, and stages Limón repertoire for companies and schools internationally.

  • Risa Steinberg

    Risa Steinberg has been an active member of the dance community for more than 35 years as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young and emerging choreographers. She has travelled the world performing and teaching extensively.  She was born in New York City and graduated from the Juilliard School earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts. A former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Annabel Gamson, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Colin Connor, and American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Ms. Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, nd DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela.  Her solo concert, A Celebration of Dance, featured repertory from Isadora Duncan to contemporary choreographers. As a re-constructor of the works of Mr. Limón, Ms. Steinberg has worked with companies and dancers including Nureyev and Friends, Frank Augustyn, and Karen Kain.  She has been full time faculty at the Juilliard School since 2004 and she held the position of Associate Director of Juilliard Dance from 2009-2016. She was a dance panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts; now sits on the Artists Advisory board for the José Limón Dance Foundation and is on the selection committee of The Bessies. Ms. Steinberg is the Choreographic Advisor and Rehearsal Coach for Brian Brooks Moving Company, Emory Le Crone and Kate Weare Dance Company. She is a cast member of Sleep No More.