For this Sunday’s service in LA — 12 noon at Bootleg Theater — the theme is SUGAR and I’ve been wanting to get some dance in the mix, in particular I’ve been thinking about dance from Latin America–I recalled that some of the dances were derived from the sugar fields. So, I reached out to some dance people in LA and found a wonderful dancer to perform some merengue. Merengue was created by sugar beet plantation workers in the Dominican Republic. Jennie Gonzalez is an LA dancer, teacher and choreographer with great experience in all sorts of Latin dance. I’m thrilled she’ll dance merengue for us.
Here’s her bio:
Jennie Gonzalez was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents. Ever since she was little she loved to dance. Always a spectacle at family parties and school dances. It wasn’t until Jennie went to college that she decided that she wanted to pursue her passion for dance and turn it into a career. She joined a local dance company that specialized in the Cuban stye of Casino/Rueda and soon realized her love for Salsa. Ms Gonzalez graduated Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Dance. She was also apart of the University of Miami’s Hurricannette dance team in 2002 in which she performed at the Rose Bowl for the National Championship. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she was awarded a spot on the Debbie Reynolds scholarship program which prompted training in all forms of dance, voice, and acting.
Jennie has been featured in various television shows such as Wizards of Waverly, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Travel Chanell’s Get Packing, among many others. Delving deeper into cultural dance, Jennie became apart of an international dance troupe called The Sahlala Dancers specializing in the oriental art of Belly Dance As well as, traveling Internationaly and Nationaly as a principal member of the non-profit urban latin dance theater company Contra-Tiempo. One of the highlight years with the Contra Tiempo she traveled to Cuba for artistic exchange and was able to take class and perform with top notch Cuban artists. In 2009, Ms Gonzalez was a member of the cutting edge Salsa team Angeleno Funk. In their first couple of months together the team took a prestigious Third Place at the Mayan Team Championships. More recently Jennie began branding her signature style of sexy latin dancing into a class specifically for a Pole Aritst studio known as The Choreography House. Eventually Jennie began taking on the new skill of pole dancing which prompted her entry into a local Pole competition. She took first place at the Pacific Pole Championships in the level 2 entertainment division. Not to mention, Jennie is a certified group fitness and zumba instrctor. She can be found teaching her lively classes all over los angeles.