Diego Cruz (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2006.
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Diego Cruz trained at Emilia Bailo Dance School, Escuela Municipal de Danza, Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila, and San Francisco Ballet School prior to joining the Company in 2006.
Cruz has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, Giselle (Wilfrid and pas de cinq), Nutcracker (Chinese, center Spanish, Russian, Jack-in-the-Box, and Bear), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio and Acrobats), and The Sleeping Beauty (pas de six); Balanchine’s “Emeralds” (pas de trois), Symphony in C (1st movement demi-soloist), and Theme and Variations (demi-soloist); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Shadows); Welch’s Naked (soloist); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Benjamin and Autumn/Spirit of Mystery), Ghosts (demi-soloist), and Within the Golden Hour (soloist). He created a corps de ballet role in Tomasson’s Caprice.
His repertory also includes Tomasson’s The Fifth Season, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, and Swan Lake; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Balanchine’s Coppélia, “Diamonds,” “Rubies,” and Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Concerto (corps de ballet in pas de deux excerpt); de Mille’s Rodeo; Morris’ Beaux, A Garden, Maelstrom, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, Firebird, Fusion, The Rite of Spring, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ Glass Pieces and West Side Story Suite; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Taylor’s Changes; Thatcher’s Manifesto; Wheeldon’s Number Nine and Rush; and Zanella’s Underskin.
Cruz danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Capulet Men) as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist, he danced the pas de deux from Bournonville’s La Sylphide at Florida Classical Ballet’s gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May and June 2014; the pas de six from La Vivandiere at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, in 2011; and he performed with M and Company in the Flower Festival in Cologne, Germany, and Poland in 2009 and 2010. He danced the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty for the Studio Showcase at Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila in Zaragoza, Spain, in 2008 and at the Flower Festival in 2009; performed at the Inaugural Gala for the Zaragoza Expo in Zaragoza, Spain, in 2008; and danced the principal role in La Sylphide in a festival at Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila in Zaragoza, Spain, in 2006.