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and the Latin Legacy Symposium

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

10:00 AM- 8:30 PM

New York, New York

Photo Credit/Hisae Aihara

The Limón Dance Company celebrated 75 years this past season and in December we will be honoring the 50th Anniversary of Limón's passing. 

The José Limón Dance Foundation is hosting a one day celebration with four events across New York City of Latinx choreographers, performers, and thought leaders to explore the issues and opportunities facing contemporary Latinx dance in America by examining the life and work of José Limón, other foundational figures in the art form, and the influence of these rich legacies on current and future practice in the field.


Symposium Schedule


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Limón Class in Spanish 

Join Eric Parra, current guest artist for the Limón Dance Company for a Limón technique class in Spanish.

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center

Studio 309

107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

*No Elevator Access to this studio*

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Open Community Discussion

Learn more about the speakers here.

Latinx choreographers, performers, and thought leaders explore contemporary Latinx dance in America through the lens of José Limón, other foundational figures in the artform, while speaking to the influences these rich legacies continue to have on current and future practices in the field.

2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,

Bruno Walter Auditorium

111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

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Informal Presentation and Plática

Speakers and performers include Michelle Manzanales, Kiri Avelar, Eric Parra, Daniel Fetecua, Terrence D.M. Diable and Calpulli.

Deadline to Register for this event is November 29th at 5 PM EST.

7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Gibney 280 Broadway,

Studio U

Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center Enter at 53A Chambers Street New York, NY 10007


9:00 PM

Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar

11 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

Continue the conversation and celebrate the impact of José Limón and Latinx artists over food and drinks!

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Kiri Avelar

Kiri Avelar, MFA, is a fronteriza artist-scholar and educator from the U.S./Mexico borderlands of El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Her research engages transnational dance histories of the Latinx diaspora to provoke thought around the border(less) experiences of Latinx artists in the U.S. and challenge notions of transborder latinidades in historical and contemporary contexts. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, Dance Index, Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, and Critical Storytelling from the Borderlands. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies as a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Photo Credit/Federico Garcia
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Dance Company

Juan Castaño co-founded Calpulli Mexican Dance Company with the vision of celebrating and serving the Mexican and Mexican-American community across the USA.

Mr. Castaño, a native of El Paso, Texas, holds an MBA in General Management from the Metropolitan College of New York. He also holds a BA in Chemistry and studied Latin American Studies while at Grinnell College in Iowa. With over 20 years of dance experience in Mexican folk dance, Mr. Castaño is  a Master Teacher with the Young Arts Foundation. Mr. Castaño is inspired by the quality of the artistic and cultural programming by Calpulli, with whom he is still a dancer. Accessibility of high quality community programs, serving hundreds of students and families, is also a driving force for his dedication to the performing arts. 

Juan Castaño
Speaker & Choreographer

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Terrence D.M. Diable

Terrence Donzell Mitchell Diable (New York, NY) a graduate from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, Diable has performed works choreographed by Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Martha Graham, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Matthew Rushing, Ohad Naharin and Fernando Melo. In 2011, Mr. Diable joined the Francesca Harper Project and in 2012 he collaborated with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He also danced for The Steps Repertory and, most recently, has been assistant to Matthew Rushing on his commission of ODETTA for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Diable joined the Limón Dance Company in 2017.

Photo Credit/Kelly Puleio

Daniel Fetecua Speaker & Performer

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 was been a member of the Limón Dance Company 2006-2016.

Photo Credit/Kelly Puleio
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The Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, and Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library.


With special thanks to LXNY Network.

Made possible with support from
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Dante Puleio
 Host, Speaker, & Choreographer

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A widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Puleio is the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 75-year history, a position that originated with Doris Humphrey. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, touring national and international musical theatre productions, television and film, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on contextualizing mid 20th century dance for the contemporary artist and audience. He is committed to implementing that research by celebrating José Limón's historical legacy and reimagining his intention and vision to reflect the rapidly shifting 21st century landscape. 


Michelle Manzanales
Speaker & Choreographer 

Michelle Manzanales is a choreographer, co-founder of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance, and Director of the Ballet Hispánico (BH) School of Dance. She previously led BH’s professional company as Rehearsal Director & Artistic Associate for seven seasons. Recent commissions include new works for Paul Taylor Dance Company and Oregon Ballet Theater. Con Brazos Abiertos, a “savvy but deeply sincere meditation on her Mexican American background” (-Marina Harss, NYT), has toured worldwide to critical acclaim since its premiere in 2017. Her new work for BH about Mexican feminist, writer, and scholar, Juana Inés de la Cruz, debuts in June 2023 at New York City Center.

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Eric Parra
Teacher, Speaker, & Performer

Eric Parra is a first-generation Colombian-American artist hailing from Union City, NJ. He graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2017. Parra has danced for Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Von Howard Project, and Doug Elkins Choreography, etc among others. Stage credits include Fire Shut Up in My Bones (US Tour), The Life and Times of Malcolm X (US Tour) and Awaited at the Arnoff Center for the Arts. Television and film credits include POSE on FX, Easter at Crossroads by Crossroads Church, Unconquered by Earl Mosley, WILD: Act 1 by the Black Iris Project and The Winged by the Limón Dance Company among others. Most recently Eric has served as a teaching artist for the José Limón Dance Foundation, Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, and NJPAC. Eric is currently a performing artist with the Limón Dance Company and Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

Photo Credit/Kelly Puleio
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