Photo Credits: Kelly Puleio
Join us in the dance capital to expand your artistry
The Limón Training Programs provides dancers aged 18+ the opportunity to immerse in the Limón approach through Classic & Contemporary Repertory and Limón Technique & Principles.
About Pro & Launch
The Training Programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and are available for dancers aged 18+. The program is 6 months, but can be taken as two separate, individual modules. Classes take place in various studios: sometimes in Harlem where the Company rehearses, and sometimes in Queens or other Manhattan venues.
The program is an immersive, intensive-style, half-day program from September - December, and/or February - May, approximately from 9am - 1pm Monday - Friday. Additional industry-related opportunities occur throughout the program, after the dance-day.
Dancers enjoy the rigors of the program, and also the opportunity to explore NYC, take other classes and experience all that New York has to offer artists. And if you're a New Yorker, the program provides the professional development you crave, in a condensed schedule, so you can head out to rehearsal or a gig later that day or night.
Need- and merit-based scholarship is available to all dancers.
LIMÓN TECHNIQUE & Style
Limón technique uses the pelvis, the body’s natural center of gravity, as the center of movement, thus leaving the upper torso fully pliable to breathe and to respond in movement.
The performance experience in New York is like no other. The Fall Pro program includes a studio share and Spring Launch program will join the Limón Dance Company for a mainstage performance. Plus other opportunities for both the Fall and Spring.
Dancers will find community via their cohort, the Limón Dance Company and Artistic Director, Dante Puleio, Limón2, and with Limón master teachers and reconstructors.
Direct access to the NYC dance industry which can lead to career opportunities in Limón2, The Limón Dance Company, and/or other companies.
Many of our trainees are Professional & Pre-Professional dancers who took a class with one of our master teachers and fell in love with the approach, the humanity and freedom that the form requires. Immersion in the technique and repertory gives dancers the tools needed to excel in any professional dance setting.
What Will I Get Out Of the Program?
Dancers that recently trained with Limón
have gone on to dance with:
Dallas Black Dance Theater
Doug Varone & Dancers
Kyle Marshall & Co
Limón Dance Company
Mark Morris Dance Group
& many others
Photo Credits: Kelly Puleio
Trainees who participate in BOTH the Fall and Spring Terms are eligible to obtain the Limón Institute Certificate of Completion recognized by the National Association of Schools of Dance
Trainees must complete either an embodied or written research project. Written and embodied projects allow for deep discovery and connection, creating theses based on personal inquiry & curiosity.
Embodied projects invite trainees to dive deeper into solo material and allow for private coaching sessions and studio space rental.
Explore the Principles: via Limón Repertory
Additional Technique Class: Ballet 1/week
Limón Repertory: Solo / Chamber pieces
Contemporary Repertory: comes from a recent LDC Contemporary Commission
Resume Workshop (after studio hours)
Legacy chats with some of the most iconic living Limón legends (after studio hours)
Limón Dance Company Private Q & A (after studio hours)
Fall Term: September - December 2023
Fall Break: November 22 - 24
Showing and conclusion of Fall Term: December 2023
September - December 2023
The deadline to register will be late August or early September 2023
Explore the Principles: via Improvisation, somatic explorations, or other art forms
Additional Technique Class: Improvisation / Composition
Limón Repertory: Larger ensemble pieces
Contemporary Repertory: New work premiering on the trainees
Reel workshop (after studio hours)
Company observation / Open Rehearsal / BTS (after studio hours)
Main Stage Show
Spring Term: February - May 2024
Spring Break: April 2024, TBD
Spring Performance: May 2024
February - May 2024
Deadline to register is January 9
Tuition | Scholarships
Visas | Internships
For information regarding program tuition, payment plans, scholarships, visas for international dancers and our Dance Training + Arts Administration Internship
Important Covid-19 Protocol
The José Limón Dance Foundation will be conducting the Limón Professional Training Programs
from facilities where mandatory vaccination & testing policies are in place.
No unvaccinated people will be allowed in the building.
"I felt like a different dancer by the end and will carry it with me for years to come. This program made me feel ready for true artistry of modern dance."
- LimónPro Participant
(she / her)
Kathryn Alter attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Purchase College, and obtained her MFA from Hunter College, receiving the Chairman’s Award for artistic excellence in 2020. After fifteen years as a member of the Limón Dance Company, Kathryn was named Associate Program Director for the Limón Pro/Launch in 2018. She teaches the Limón Company and trainees of the Limón Institute, reconstructs the works of José Limón, leads workshops nationally and internationally, and was part of the implementation of Limón4Kids in Mexico City as a part of Saludarte. Kathryn’s choreographic work has been shown across the United States and abroad. Her most recent choreographic commissions were created in Fairbanks, Alaska for Northstar Ballet, Arizona for Instinct Dance Corps, and in Réunion Island at the Conservatoire A Rayonnement Regional. Around NYC, Kathryn’s work has been presented at the Dimenna Center, Dance at Socrates in Queens, Spring Movement and PSOH at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, the American Dance Guild Festival, and at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. She was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency, and a 2018 Dance at Socrates Artist. She was also a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater and danced with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi. During the pandemic she has been exploring the possibilities of the integration of dance and film and the creation of virtual installations (https://www.kathrynalter.com/be-coming).