Ashly Cruz
A Connecticut native, Ashly began her career as a young, professional ballet dancer and a star in the Hartford
Ballet Company. She later became a founding member and a prominent choreographer of the Hartford
Contemporary Dance Theater. She continued pursuing her dreams by
earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, in the prestigious Musical Theater
Drama Department.
Before graduating, she landed a small part in the CBS Movie Of The Week, "No Place Like Home" starring Jeff
Daniels. She then continued adding to her accomplishments in theater by starring in many leading roles at
regional theatres across the country, including The Hartford Stage Company, The Pittsburgh  Playhouse and
Ocean West Theater Company.
In Los Angeles, Ashly originated the role of Pandora in the award winning production of "Children of the Night",
at the Ebony theater. Then during her time in Los Angeles, Ashly formed and became the lead singer of the rock
band "Taboo You", which headlined at The Roxy and TheWhiskey on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
After the break-up of the band, she shifted her interests to Nashville, where she then put together a special
French/American Cabaret show and performed at a number of Five Diamond establishments drawing in large
Upon returning to her home state, Ashly  has headlined at BB King's Dance Club at Foxwoods Casino on their
Thursday "Caribbean Night" and at the "Taste Of Hartford" event. Ashly was also the featured performer every
Friday and Saturday night dancing and singing to Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata, Disco and Rock at "La
Vie En Rose Bistro" in New London, CT.
She then released on Hothead Recordings her first solo album titled "A Bailar (Let's Dance)", starting with her
first single and video titled "My Tango Baby", and a special 4-track EP taken from her album
titled "The Ballroom EP". All are available on iTunes, Napster, and Rapsody.
Ashly then created and copyrighted
"Cardio Latina". This is an adaptation of Latin dances combining both
ballroom and nightclub styles to create a fun, and effective fitness craze that has swept the state of
Connecticut for nearly 3 years now.
Finally, at the urge of her fans and with a hunger for the excitement and creativity of her days in California as a
real rocker she led the long sought development of what is rapidly becoming one of
Ct's hottest rock bands known as
"Cruz Machine"!