Norbert De La Cruz III

Michael Waldrop

Norbert De La Cruz III is a Filipino-American dance artist and freelance choreographer. He was born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles. With a BFA in Dance from Juilliard and an MFA in dance from Hollins, his choreographic and teaching career has earned him a Princess Grace Award under the choreography fellowship, a Jerome Robbins Foundation N.E.W. grant, a Winning Works recognition form the Joffrey Academy of Dance, the Youth America Grand Prix’s Outstanding Choreographer Award, and was featured as Dance Magazine’s top 25 to watch.

His extensive performance career includes dancing soloist positions for the Metropolitan Opera, Aszure Barton & Artists in Germany, Balletto Teatro di Torino of Italy, Santa Clarita Ballet, Lustig Dance Theatre, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Boca Tuya, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He was the representative for Juilliard at the first annual Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala and was recently casted in the film adaptation of Tony-winning musical In The Heights. Since then, Norbert has been commissioned for new works from The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street 2, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet X, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Tulsa Ballet II, Olympic Ballet Theatre, and Grand Rapids Ballet, among others.