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 crowds.
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 albumtitled "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 ofConnecticut 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"!