September 14, 2015

Hispanic heritage poster honors José Limón

Author: Kara Smith
Source: NYSUT Communications
hispanic heritage

hispanic heritageJosé Limón (1908-1972) a Mexican-born modern dancer and choreographer hailed by The New York Times as the "finest male dancer of his time," is the 2015 NYSUT Hispanic Heritage Month poster honoree.

Limón studied and performed in New York City with modern dance pioneers Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, premiering his first major choreographic work, Danzas Mexicanas, in 1937. He founded the José Limón Dance Company in 1946, choreographing over 74 works, including his signature piece, The Moor's Pavane, based on Shakespeare's Othello

Limón's legacy continues: In 2008, the José Limón Dance Foundation received a National Medal of Arts award from President George W. Bush; in 2012, Limón was featured on a U.S. postage stamp; and today, nearly 5,000 New York City school children participate in Limón4Kids, a free dance education program offered by the José Limón Dance Foundation.

Download a printable copy of the Hispanic Heritage poster at or send an e-mail to Reference project 514a-15 and include your name and mailing address.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.