Nateli M. Ruiz
Nateli M. Ruiz, a 22yr old Hispanic and St. Croix native of the U.S.
Virgin Islands graduated from Jacksonville University in the Bachelor of
Fine Arts program for Dance. She has been dancing since the age of four,
starting at Music in Motion then at the age of five, continued at Pointe
Dance Academy, a Cecchetti based classical ballet dance school, in St.
Croix, USVI. At Pointe Dance Academy Nateli has performed in several shows
such as the Nutcracker, a classical ballet, and the Spring Gala event of
the Virgin Islands. Having the opportunity to broaden her dance styles on
the island, she participated in the Cruzan Dance Summer Intensive of
2003-2005, directed and choreographed by Alex E. Simon.
Throughout her time at Jacksonville University, Nateli has gotten several
scholarships and awards for her excellence in the Arts. She has had the
opportunity to work with ABT II, David Parsons Jennifer Muller, Attila Joey
Csiki, Jerry Opendeiker, Takehiro Ueyama, Rosero McCoy, and Michael Foley.
Nateli also had the opportunity to work with Debbie Allen twice: She first
worked with her through the Debbie Allen’s Summer Intensive in 2008 and the
second time in 2010 at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as a backup
dancer for Mariah Carey.
Visiting the islands, Ruiz was offered to choreograph for the Make A Move
Dance Show, directed by Kevin Swanston. She also volunteered to choreograph
and dance with D4H (Dance For Him), a non-profit organization for dancers,
directed by Tiffany Rogers and co-directed by Diondra Setorie. In
Jacksonville, she has participated in several dance show cases for “A Kavin
Grant Productions”, directed and choreographed by Kavin Grant.
In addition to performing, Nateli made her first national choreographic
debut in the music video “Sweet Love” by Adam-O ft. Mystro. She also
choreographs for Oceanway School of Dance, and BRAVO dance studio.
Nateli Ruiz had the opportunity to participate in the ARCHCORE40 Summer
Intensive directed by world-renowned choreographer Jennifer Archibald.
Auditioning amongst 200 others, she was selected to be one of 40
Her future plans are to continue free-lancing, auditioning, and dancing
with professional companies and agencies around the world.
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