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Lena Lauer

(they / she)
Director of Limón Institute

As a dance and teaching artist, Lena created and performed work from the Sonoran Desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America. She has taught, performed and made dances for universities, inner-city schools, private studios, for adults, youth, the aging, pre-professional dancers, dance enthusiasts and dancers with disabilities. In 2013, Lena co-founded The Lovelies, a 4th-generation dance improvisation company that performs and teaches all over the U.S. Lena’s priorities include mentoring emerging young artists on their individual career path and she is thrilled to be leading Limón2 into its third season.

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The 75th Anniversary of the Limón Dance Company  brings a new legacy for the José Limón Dance Foundation:

Limón2  - The Foundation’s second Company.

Limón2 is dedicated to the development of young professionals for a sustainable career and lasting contributions to the dance world. Limón2 also seeks to generate innovative programming and accessible community engagement.


This inaugural artistic venture brings together young talent, the iconic works of José Limón, along with today’s most exciting up and coming choreographers. The treasured spirit and humanistic legacy of José Limón lives on with Limón2! 

Photo: James Hartley

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Season 4 Schedule To Be Announced!




MIKEY COMITO (Dancer, he/him) is from New york. He attended SUNY Brockport in 2021 on scholarship. He then completed the LimónPro and LimónLaunch training programs and is now dancing in Limón2 and for Kathryn Alter.


DANIELLE GOODMAN (Dancer, she/her) from Phoenix Arizona received her BFA in dance from University of Arizona in 2021. After graduation she moved to New York City where she completed the LimónPro and LimónLaunch programs and danced with Caterina Rago dance company, Lydia Johnson dance company and Limón2. This is her second season in Limón2.


EDU HERNÁNDEZ (Dance, He/Him) a native from México, is a graduate student in BFA Dance from Cal State Long Beach under the direction of Keith Johnson and Rebecca Lemme. As a choreographer, his work has been selected across the states. He has been  a Limón2 Company member since 2021.


MADELINE JONES (Dancer, She/Her) from Chautauqua, NY, began  her early dance training at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet with Artistic Director Monika Alch. She then went on to receive her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase.


JASMINE PRESTI (Dancer, She/Her) born in Long Island, New York, graduated with BFA from Adelphi University in 2022. She has worked with Kofago Dance Ensemble, based in Queens, New York. This is Jasmine’s first season with Limón2. 


MIRAI SHINDE (Dancer, She/Her) began her formal training at University of Michigan, where she graduated with a BA. She then furthered her dance studies at the Martha Graham School and the Limón Institute. This is her first season with the Limón second company. 


RYAN TUCKER (Dancer, They/Them) began their dance training at San José State University in California in 2014 where they graduated with a BFA in Dance. Ryan has since danced with San José Dance Company, REACH BC Dance, and Project Agora and is now dancing with Limón2.


XINYI ZHANG (Dancer, She/Her) is from China. She earned her BA in Performance from the Beijing Dance Academy and her MA in Dance Education from New York University.  This is her first season with Limón2.

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