|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 staring in many leading roles at
regional theatres across the country. These included 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 The
Whiskey 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 nights 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, "Ai 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 night- club styles to create a fun, and effective fitness craze that
has swept the state of Connecticut for nearly two 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 development of the band known as "Cruz Machine" .
Click here to get Ashly's A Bailar (Let's Dance) album!
|When asked to describe Ashly Cruz it is best
to envision what would come down the pike
were you to take a double shot of Janis Joplin,
Betty Boop, and Marylin Monroe together
(shaken and not stirred). WOW!!!
Ashly is the consummate entertainer who's
womanly whiles are as heavenly as they are
wicked. Ashly is wildly entertaining and
crowd pleasing. Music, theatre, and dance
meld into one on stage.
You will not soon forget this marvel of a