José A. Luis was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Having lived in Milwaukee, Chicago, and now Minneapolis, moving has been part of José’s identity. Considered a “late-dancer,” formal training began at UW-Milwaukee, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. Having worked with most of the faculty, guest artists, and graduate students, he continued to perform locally before moving to dance with REDance in Chicago. Interest in dance collaborations led to undergraduate and post-undergraduate pieces being presented in festivals throughout the Midwest. As a solo choreographer and often his own dancer, he is attuned to his body and artistic vision change through time – influencing his works. An evening length show lies on the horizon for José. For now he continues to stay open and available for all opportunities. This making his first season with ARENA Dances as an apprentice. 

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