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 hosted the annual NaturalTango Festival in Denver, CO, bringing world renowned artists to create a special event that pulled an 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.
Miss Cruz is a dancer, performer, teacher, choreographer and —most importantly— an ongoing student/investigator of Movement methods and expressions. Originally from Paraguay, she danced for various ballet, contemporary and modern dance companies in Paraguay, Argentina and the United States. She is a certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor by BASI (Body Arts and Science International). Her encounter with Tango has fostered yet another turn in her endless exploration journey of new ways of moving and expressing. She joined Tango dancer Nick Jones in an artistic partnership that forms NaturalTango, a Tango Dance and Music ensamble —Miss Cruz is a singer for Orquesta Típica NaturalTango directed by bandoneón player Nick Jones— that toured and continues touring around the North America (USA and Canada), Europe, Asia and South América. Diana is a dancer, artistic collaborator and board member with Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization for promoting Tango arts, based in Denver, CO. She has also directed and produced several theatre dance productions under NaturalTango and Cruzial A (her solo project).
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.