Arts in Context

Austin artist's powerful movements dance away stereotypes

Austin artist's powerful movements dance away stereotypes

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at

University of Texas at Austin student David Cruz began school as a biology major with plans to go into dentistry, but has since fallen in love with the dance world. Now studying both biology and dance, Cruz says he found the place where he can best tell his story. "I fell in love with it," he says. "I think it's a beautiful form of art that represents me, and allows me to express myself as best as I can."

But while Cruz has found inspiration in the dance studio, he says it's not always a place of inclusion. "The dance world, it's a very segregated place. It is harder for miniorites to make it ... I've seen it with friends, and myself, I have experienced that," he explains. Cruz uses his art to explore this segregation, and to push boundaries both within dance and beyond.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

David Cruz
David Cruz says he found his place inside the dance studio. Courtesy of KLRU Arts in Context