Diego Cruz, a distinguished dancer hailing from Zaragoza, Spain, embarked on his ballet journey with rigorous training at prestigious institutions including the Emilia Bailo Dance School, Escuela Municipal de Danza, and Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila. His dedication and prowess led him to join the renowned San Francisco Ballet School in 2006, where he initially graced the stage as a corps de ballet member. Over the years, Diego's exceptional talent and commitment to his art were recognized, culminating in his promotion to the role of a soloist in 2020.
In addition to his remarkable performance career, Diego shares his wealth of knowledge and experience by teaching dancers of all levels at the San Francisco Ballet School. His expertise and passion for ballet inspire and nurture the next generation of dancers, making him a pivotal figure in both the performing and educational realms of ballet.
Throughout his illustrious career, Diego has showcased his versatility and skill across a variety of performances and venues. Notably, he performed Helgi Tomasson's "Concerto Grosso" during the Fall for Dance festival at the New York City Center in October 2017 and captivated audiences at the Gala Despertares in Guadalajara, Mexico, in August 2016. His portrayal of Capulet Men in the 2015 film adaptation of Tomasson’s "Romeo & Juliet" marked a significant contribution to the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
Diego's repertoire also includes memorable appearances in classic ballets such as the pas de deux from Bournonville's "La Sylphide" at the Florida Classical Ballet’s Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May/June 2014, and the pas de six from "La Vivandiere" at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, in June 2011. He further demonstrated his artistic range in performances with M and Company in Germany and Poland in 2009 and 2010, featuring in works like "Diego and Stufen" by Mateo Klemmayer and the "Flower Festival."
Diego's early achievements include performing the Pas de Deux from "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Flower Festival" at the Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila in Zaragoza, Spain, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. His participation in the Inaugural Gala for the Zaragoza Expo in 2008 and his lead role in "La Sylphide" during a festival at his home studio in 2006 underscore his deep roots and ongoing contributions to the dance community in Zaragoza.
Diego Cruz's journey from a passionate student in Zaragoza to a celebrated soloist and esteemed instructor at the San Francisco Ballet School is a testament to his enduring dedication, remarkable talent, and the vibrant legacy he continues to build within the world of ballet.