Contemporary, Turns & Leaps
Nateli M. Ruiz, a 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 at the Pointe Dance Academy, a Cecchetti classical ballet dance school, in St. Croix, USVI.
In 2008 & 2016 she was awarded a scholarship to the Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, CA. She later worked professionally with Allen on the ABC Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as a backup dancer for Mariah Carey and an aerialist/dancer on Netflix film “Christmas on the Square” featuring country artist Dolly Parton.
Throughout her time in LA she has appeared on HBO series Euphoria featuring Disney pop artist Zendaya as well as danced for musical artists Lady Gaga & Lorde. She has shot commercials for Apple, AT&T, Nissan and performed on live television for The Greatest Showman, The Voice, and The Little Mermaid Live Spectacle.
Nateli has traveled to different schools choreographing and teaching a variety of styles at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Salem State University, Georgia State University, Spelman College and Emory University. She continues to share the skills learned in dance, teaching masterclasses around the country spreading her profound love and passion for dance.