Who is JONIA MCCLENNEY & RAIZ BRAZIL?
Her love and respect for Dance and Performing Arts was transferred to her love for Samba and other Brazilian Dances/Art Form. She wanted more to represent these styles of dance, the same way more traditional dance styles like Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and even specialty dances like Salsa, Flamenco, Belly Dance, etc.. have the theatrical approach to numbers, performances, attention to detail in the technique, resulting in amazing production numbers out there, Jonia believed that the Brazilian Samba and other Brazilian Dances deserve the same respect, and that she could create great Brazilian Dance Numbers with a theatrical approach, representing the Brazilian Culture and Art Form with authenticity, professionalism, with attention to detail for the essence of what it is, but also being in the level of a Master Piece choreographically speaking, educating and entertaining the audiences.
In February of 2008 she had the debut of Raiz Brazil Dance Company, in the Sambala Samba School Carnival Ball in the Vault 350 in Long Beach. Jonia in 2008, won also the Samba competition for the “Queen of the Drums” (“Rainha da Bateria”)of Sambala Samba School, Title that she kept for the past 4 years and she was honored in represent Sambala as the “Queen of the Drums”.
RAIZ BRAZIL DANCE COMPANY
Raiz Brazil showcases a sophisticated and authentic Brazilian Samba Show in Los Angeles, as well all over USA and internationally. Our show has amazing Brazilian Samba Dancers highly trained, with authentic "Samba no Pe" (Samba on the Feet) and committed to entertain showcasing the best of their skills! Raiz Brazil has also a theatrical approach to different types of dance from Brazil like: Brazilian Samba, Axe, Samba-Reggae, Frevo, Maracatu, Forro, Xaxado, Samba Gafieira, etc... Showcasing in the authentic form and as well as fusing with more traditional techniques like jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, musical theater, & more.
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