De La Cruz III

NYC and LA-based award-winning contemporary dance choreographer

Norbert De La Cruz III was born in Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from the Juilliard School in 2010, and has danced professionally as a Soloist with Balletto Teatro di Torino, the Metropolitan Opera House, Lustig Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet to name a few. He has worked as a dancer with Warner Brothers Entertainment in the musical film, In The Heights, directed by Jon Chu.  As a choreographer, his work has been commissioned for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Barak Ballet, Hubbard Street II, James Sewell Ballet, Attack Theatre, Ballet X, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Grand Rapids Ballet, and was commissioned twice for the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of the New York City Ballet).


De La Cruz has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Robbins NEW foundation, the Princess Grace Awards - USA, The Jerome Foundation, The Wolf Trap Foundation, and the Commissioning Choreographers Campaign. He has recently premiered his first full evening multi-media work “Echo and Narcissus” at BAM Fisher as a NYC production by Satellite Collective.

De La Cruz has been selected for professional development programs such as the NY Choreographic Institute, the National Choreographers Initiative (Irvine, CA), Hubbard Street’s National Choreographic Competition (Chicago), Joffrey Academy of Dance Winning Works (Chicago), and Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab (NY).

His work has been presented by the Joyce Theatre (NY), Wolf Trap (VA), Ailey CitiGroup Theatre (NY), Martha Knoebel Dance Theatre (CA), Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (NY), Blanch Touhill Performing Arts Center (MO), Aspen District Theatre (CO), Lensic Performing Arts Center (NM), Wallis Annenberg (CA), Kelly Strayhorn Theatre (PA), the Broadway Playhouse (IL), Irvine Barclay Theatre (CA), and McCallum Theatre (CA). 

In teaching and choreography, his credentials include The Juilliard School Summer, Ailey/Fordham University, Princeton University Ballet, University of Hartford Dance Division, The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, NJ Performing Arts Center, Center Of Creative Arts (St Louis), Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Orange County School for the Arts, Ramon C. Cortines Visual and Performing Arts High School, Windward School for the Arts, Westside Dance Project, Hawkins School for the Arts, Charles Maple Youth Conservatory, and No.OneArthouse. He conducts seasonal workshops and projects in both New York City and Los Angeles.

Additional honorable mentions include the Asian Arts Alliance Jadin Wong Award, McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival Award, and Dance Magazines Top 25 to watch in 2016. While working as a freelance Choreographer, Norbert is currently dancing with BocaTuya in NYC. while pursuing his Masters degree in Fine Arts in dance at Hollins University Graduate Program.