Jose Limon

By Gabriella and Izzy

About his life

José Arcadia Limón was born on January 12, 1908, in Culiacán, Mexico. His father, Florencio Limón, was a musician and conductor. His mother, Francisca (née Traslaviña), was the daughter of a schoolteacher. Limón was the oldest of eleven children, four of whom died in infancy.

About his career

In 1940, Limón left the Humphrey-Weidman Company to begin a solo career as a dancer and choreographer. He moved to the west coast, where he continued to perform, often with the dancer May O'Donnell. In October of that year, he married Pauline Lawrence, whom he had first met when she was an employee at Humphrey-Weideman.