Enrique Cruz DeJesus teaches master classes and workshops locally and nationally and served as choreographer and teacher at Howard University, George Washington University, North Carolina Central State, Durham University, Florida A&M University, DC Arts and the NYC Arts Connection. His work as a teaching artist has been recognized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2003 for his dance education work with inner city youth and has been further acknowledged by the New York State Council on the Arts where he served as a panelist.
In addition to his work as a concert dance choreographer and artistic director, he choreographed and staged The James Merrit production From Africa to America starring Award winning actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and was the assistant director and choreographer for the workshop musical Collapsing Universe at Theater for the New City. He has choreographed productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Linnea and Jeremiah off-Broadway at the Storm Theater in addition to Satin Slipper at the Theater of Notre Dame in NYC. His work has been seen locally in the industrial marketing campaign for Wise snack products throughout NYC and nationally featured on the PBS documentary Mi Mambo, which was based on the Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem, NY. Mr. Cruz DeJesus continues to work in theater, film, and concert dance.
DeJesus has been selected for a SPARC residency at Leonard Covello Senior Center, where he will develop Dance in the Golden Age. Dance in the Golden Age creates good physical and mental health and provides overall fitness and well-being. Dance, with a blend of contemporary modern dance and Latin influenced movement, is used as a form of exercise for the seniors.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist