Nicholas Jones y Diana Cruz
Nicholas Jones and Diana Cruz's artistic partnership gives shape and life to the concept of NaturalTango. As enthusiastic teachers, choreographers, performers, dj's, festival organizers and musicians Nick & Diana are invited to tango festivals and workshops around the world. They host the annual NaturalTango Festival in Denver, CO. They have created and performed the show "Tango Times" with Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne; they have choreographed and performed at the "Tango Zone" in New York; they choreograph and perform at the "Parasol Arts" productions. 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 and Australia.
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 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 learning dance 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. Her work as a choreographer includes pieces in dance productions like: the "Tango Zone" (NY), "Tango Times", "Cortinas", "Avenida Vivencias" (CO).
Diana incorporates her multi-disciplinary techniques (Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Latin American Dolk Dances, Pilates, Yoga, Singing 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.
Joining the Orquesta Típica Natural Tango, as a singer, 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.
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 & choreographe 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 accomplised painter.