Leonard Cruz, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Arts Integration Consultant, Mindfulness Health Coach
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Hochschule Merseburg, Germany

Storytelling Through Creative and Contemplative Bodies: Fostering Inclusion, Embodiment and Empowerment

10. Tagung des Netzwerkes Forschung Kulturelle Bildung an der Hochschule Merseburg, Fachbereich Soziale Arbeit, Medien, Kultur

Nov. 21. - 23. 2019
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Dr. Leonard Cruz will be a Guest Artist at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas

during the month of January of 2020 where he will teach and direct a course on Storytelling and Social Justice Arts.

Photo: H.J.Sieker


Photo: H.J.Sieker


Dr. 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.

In 1983 he was a finalist in YoungArts and was the first Filipino-American Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

In 2004 he was selected as Choreographer for the SIWIC Program in Zurich, Switzerland and was nominated for the Kurt-Jooss-Prize in Germany.

In 2005 he was selected as a Bessie-Schoenberg Choreographer in Residence at the Yard in Martha's Vineyard, MA.

In 2006 Dr. Cruz was an APPEX Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles where he also obtained a

B.A. and M.A. in dance. He received the DanceWeb Prize twice in 1997 and 1998.

2009 he received his MFA in Performance / Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and obtained in 2013 his PhD in Urban Education with a focus on the creative and performing arts.

Dr. Cruz is a certified Interdisciplinary Yoga® Educator, Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, and Mindfulness Health Coach.

He is a member of the Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education and Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Cruz is on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Presidential Scholars.

He has danced and 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 was contracted as Guest with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, Germany and was a member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio in Essen, Germany.

1994-2001 He danced in the Bremer Theater, Germany under the Directorship of Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich. It was also there where he started Leonard-Cruz-Tanztheater choreographing solo dance work as well as chamber work.

2008/2009 he was a Guest Assistant Professor at Duke University in Durham. 2010 at M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA and 2011 at Webster University, St. Louis.

2012-2016 Cruz was Assistant Professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

2017 Cruz was Guest Artist at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In Germany he has taught at the Folkwang University in Essen as well as at the Universities of Bremen, Cologne, Essen / Duisburg, and Tübingen.

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E-Mail: Leonard Cruz