LaRonica "Ronnie" Southerland
Assistant Creative Director & Development Manager
LaRonica “Ronnie” Southerland, a native of Columbus, Ohio now residing in Long Beach, CA transitioned to California on a mission for artistic growth and an opportunity with Cirque du Soleil. Establishing her love of dance at the age of five; she began her professional training in ballet and lyrical dance; studying at Ballet Met, Columbus Youth Ballet, Leap of Faith Dance studio and Fort Hayes Pre-professional program with the Dance Theater of Harlem ballerina, China White.
Her love and passion for movement led her to continue her studies at Kent State University, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2012. During her undergrad she participated in the American College Dance Festival, Kent Student Dance Festival, The BFA: Senior Concert and Kent Dance ensemble. It was during two artist residency with Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and Brad Garner that sparked her interested in artist development and her love for teaching artist the importance of longevity for their bodies leading her to the road of educating young dancers in Los Angeles.
Since being in California she has had the pleasure of establishing both performing arts and dance fitness classes throughout Los Angeles County. Targeting demographics from toddlers to mature adults, educating them on the importance of staying healthy and being active. Her work as the assistant artistic director and principal dancer has led her to many opportunity with the company from performance in LA: Unbound, RAW Artist, MOD Arts (New York), Lula Washington Dance Theater; to debuting her own choreography in Reflection: Dance Showcase and The Long beach Playhouse Theater.
CRayProject,founded in 2015, is a black empowerment movement that allows artists to have aplatform to be themselves. We tackle controversial topics and subject matterthat needs awareness. CRayProject has many umbrellas; we have expertise indance, music, film, and more. We believe in giving or community both RAW andeducational art. But most importantly working together to build our communityas black and brown people through different art forms.