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Diana Cruz

 

Miss Cruz has dedicated her life to understanding, creating, performing and teaching body movement. 

 

Originally from Asunción, Paraguay, she began her dance studies in her home country: Centro de Artes Cascanueces, Luque; Instituto de Bellas Artes, Asunción; Instituto Municipal de Arte, Asunción. The process of dance-learning placed her in various Performing Arts schools around Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

 

As a professional dancer, she joined several ballet companies, such as: Ballet Clásico y Moderno Municipal de Asunción, Ballet Uninorte (Asunción), Compañía Intermitente de Danza Contemporánea (Asunción), David Taylor Dance Theatre (Denver). 

 

Diana has received a Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certification by BASI (Body Arts and Science International). She has taught the Pilates method in several studios of Asunción, Buenos Aires, and continues teaching intermittently in Denver, CO. 

 

Her discovery of Argentine Tango has given her yet another turn in the never-ending, cyclical journey of exploring new ways of moving and expressing. She is currently teaching and performing Argentine Tango  around the U.S. and abroad, in a dance partnership with Nick Jones, as well as continuing to develop her solo carrier as teacher, choreographer, producer, director and performer. Her work as a choreographer includes pieces  in dance productions like: the "Tango Zone" (NY), "Tango Times", "Cortinas", "Avenida Vivencias", "Piazzolla, En Sus Palabras" (CO). She produced and directed various dance production, such as "Avenida Vivencias" (2015), the innovative experimental production "Oniria Tango(2016), "Estación NaturalTango" (2017), and the upcoming "Nostalgias" (April, 2018).

 

Diana incorporates her multi-disciplinary techniques (Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Latin American Folk Dances, Pilates, Yoga, Singing, Poetic Interpretation and many Tango Dance styles) into one cohesive dance. She uses these techniques to create powerful, musical, unique performances. Her understanding of biomechanics gives her an astute approach as a movement teacher.

 

She studied Poetic Interpretation and Voice Training throughout the years of dance training; and joining the Orquesta Típica Natural Tango, as a singer, in 2010, has been an important addition to her artistic career. 

 

She holds a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, a study that has enhanced her understanding of the human mind and body interaction.

 

Miss Cruz has created her own line of Tango shoes for women, Cruzartango, which is a continual exploration of organic and ergonomic dance shoes.

 

Nicholas Jones



Mr. Jones has been dancing & studying dance since 1996.  Nick's main focus is Argentine Tango, he is also a competent Lindy Hop & Blues dancer. 

 

He was one of the first North American tango dancers to have been invited to teach and perform at a festival in Buenos Aires (Pulpo's Tango Week).  He has taught and performed at many tango festivals and workshops across North America, notably: Montreál Nuevo Tango Festival, Portland TangoFest, VanTango (Vancouver, Canada), the Princeton Tango Festival, the Yale Tango Festival, given over ten weekend workshops in New York City… and many more events.

 

He has taught and perform with his partner, Diana Cruz, in Buenos Aires, as well as in many cities in Europe and Australia. They also performed in the show "Tango Times" with Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne at the St. Louis Tango Festival "Hot Winter Tango", as well as at their own "NaturalTango Festival".  He was special guest artist & choreographer for the show "The Tango Zone" in NYC.

 

More than simply a musical and technical performer of many Argentine Tango styles, he deeply enjoys creating unexpected moments and pieces for audiences. 

 

As a teacher, Nick displays his extensive knowlegde and experience of professional and social dancing with great dynamism and humor. He began teaching tango in 1998 but emphasizes that he never stopped being a student.

 

In 2009 he formed the Orquesta Tipica NaturalTango, in which plays the bandoneon.  Playing in and leading the Orquesta has given him a unique look into the inner working of tango music, and has greatly influenced his dancing, teaching and performing.

 

Nick holds a degree in Creative Writing. He is also an accomplished painter. 

 

Nicholas Jones and Diana Cruz's artistic partnership gives shape and life to the concept of NaturalTango.

 

As enthusiastic teachers, choreographers, performers, dj's, dance festival organizers and musicians, Nick & Diana are invited to dance events, tango festivals and workshops around the world.

They host the annual NaturalTango Festival in Denver, CO, bringing world renowned artists to create a special event that pulls a important dance crowd from all over the world. 

They have created and performed at various Dance Productions such as: "Tango Times" with Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne;  the "Tango Zone" in New York; "Piazzolla, En Sus Palabras" with Parasol Arts; "Oniria Tango", directed by Miss Cruz.

They are are musicians for the Orquesta Típica NaturalTango.

They have been teachers and performers at tango festivals and special workshops in the United States and Canada, as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are constantly touring, teaching and performing in Europe, Australia and Asia. 

They are also invited as performers with Live Music bands and orchestras such as, Exatsis Tango Quartet, Devotchka, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Strings Festival, Littleton Symphony Orchestra among others.

 

As dance teachers, Nick & Diana share, unreservedly, their technique and structure so that each individual student can ultimately reach their own expression in the dance. They believe that the goal of a teacher is to give everything away to the student, while the goal of the performer is to hide their secrets so they can enamor and bedazzle the audience. Nick & Diana do both with fluid ease and grace.

Photo by Marie-Dominique Verdier

Guest Artists 

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson has been a professional dancer in Denver, Colorado for most of her career. She did her early training and performing with Colorado Ballet and danced with the company for 5 years. She continued dancing as a professional ballet dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre but began to branch out into contemprorary ballet and modern dance as well.dancing in such companies as Colorado Repertory Dance and Jan Justis Dance Company. She worked with many choreographers including Milton Meyers, John Mead, Kim Robards, Hannah Kahn, and Jim Clouser to name a few. During this time Amy developed an interest in choreography and began choroegraphing many pieces that were of a humorous intent. Many of them have been performed for years by DTDT but she has also choreographed for Colorado Ballet and Ballet Nouveau. Amy continues to choreograph, dance Argentine Tango, and has her own Pilates practice at A Living Ats Centre. She has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and specialise in injury rehabilitation and Dance Medicine. She has been dancing Argentine tango for 10 years and has performed in tango festivals in Portland Oregon and Montreal Canada with Nick Jones,The  Natural Tango Festival with Eli Leserowitz, and most recently with John Miller. She has danced in her own choreography in The Tango Zone in NYC in August 2011 and developed a show with Nick Jones, Diana Cruz, and her husband Gregory Gonzales for the Spectrum Dance Festival in the Aspen Valley, CO 2012.

 

Starting in 2011, Amy began studying with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne and performed with Darrel Sanchez in their Fall Festival 2011 and continues to study with them currently as well as teaching as part of the Natural Tango Enterprises.

Greg Gonzales

 

Mr GONZALES graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Kinesiology/Dance. His teachers include Larry Boyette, James Clouser, Nadia Tikhanova, Milenko Banovic, Sandra Minton and Karen Genoff-Campbell. He received a scholarship in dance and Best Dancer Award while at UNC and was a full scholarship student at the American Dance Festival. Gregory spent the bulk of his career at Colorado Ballet where he was promoted to Principal in 1997 and danced leading roles as well as character roles in works by major choreographers such as Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine, Eugene Loring, Christopher Wheeldon, Toru Shimazaki and Doug Varone. Gregory has also danced with Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Arizona, Nevada Dance Theater, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance and Les Ballets Grandiva and Opera Colorado. 

 

Gregory was a co-founder of On Edge Productions staging combat and comedy at numerous festivals. He was adjudicated by The Society of American Fight Directors and was recommended in rapier and dagger. He was a Choreographer in Residence for Colorado Ballet from 2003-2004 and created such works as Carmina Burana, Peter Pan (both co-choreographed), Broken Web, Incantation and Last Breath. Gregory has also set work for the David Taylor Dance Theatre, Ballet Ariel, University of Northern Colorado and the Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project. He plays guitar for the Natural Tango Oquesta Tipica and also enjoys theater and film work and has been cast in several independent film projects in the Denver area.