Cruz Leonard


Classical Ballet / Dancer

Leonard Cruz was born in Pampanga, the Philippines and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He started dancing at the age of four learning Filipino and Hawaiian Folk Dances, as well as Ballet. In 1983 he was a Finalist in the Arts Recognition Talent Search (headed by the NFAA) in Miami, Florida and was later named Presidential Scholar in the Arts where he performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master\'s of Arts Degrees in Dance from U.C.L.A. He recently finished his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.

He has performed with Robert Wilson, Kei Takei\'s Moving Earth, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Sally Silvers, and for five years with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Co. In 1993 he moved to Germany and was a guest with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal and a member of the Folkwang Tanz Studio in Essen-Werden. From 1994-2001 he danced in the Bremer Stadttheater under the Directorship of Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich.

Leonard is currently a PhD Candidate in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a Guest Assistant Professor in Dance at Duke University this 2008-2009. He is a Guest Professor in 2010 at MIT. He received a certificate of completion to practice as a Professional Integrative Health Coach from Duke University in May of 2009.

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