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Limón4Kids teaches powerful, effective techniques that help young people live fully in their bodies and relate to the world around them.

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Limón4Kids is an arts and education program that introduces modern dance pioneer, José Limón, to grades 2 - 12 in New York City. Schools in Harlem, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx benefit from this dynamic program which is free of cost to all participants.

Limón’s personal story as a Mexican-American immigrant  introduces students to concepts such as heritage, community, and identity. The movement classes are used as a tool to help students develop language skills and discuss social issues that may be relevant to their own life journey. Limón4Kids students will learn famous and culturally-rooted works to gain knowledge of the Limón movement philosophy and dance as an art form. After learning sections of Limón Repertory, students are given the freedom to create their own dance, taking into account narrative and core movement phrases and themes.

Residencies conclude with a formal or informal sharing of their work for peers, teachers and parents. Limón4Kids schools are invited to see the Limón Dance Company perform each year at the City College Center for the Arts. 

Interested in a Limón4Kids residency at your school? 

Contact Director of Education Programs Lena Lauer:

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Jody & John Arnhold

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“When the students finally figured out a complex spatial formation along with challenging musical phrases, they jumped for joy and gave each other high fives.”


“Being exposed to modern dance and the history of modern dance through the work of José Limón is an irreplaceable experience for my students and school community.”


Terrence Diable taking a selfie with a large group of young boys and girls

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