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Xavier Medina (October 15,1988), Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer

Originally from Marion, Indiana Xavier Medina studied dance at the Community School of the Arts in downtown Marion. There he studied variety of dances including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, and Hip Hop under many great talented instructors including Jamie Bragg, Matt Cady, and Mark Goodman up until 2007 when he graduated high school.  However, the longest standing dance style he has thrived and continued to learn was International Style Ballroom for an upcoming thirteen years. He has continued his studies through the Contemporary Modern program at Indiana University studying under Sherilyn Folley, Selene Carter, Roberta Wong, and Elizabeth Shea. There he had founded the Indiana University Ballroom Dance Company which has continued perform at various venues around the University, from Greek philanthropies to variety shows.  While continuing his studies and career at IUPUI, he is happy to continue sharing his experience and growth through teaching at Riolo Dance Studio.

Some of his more recent accomplishments include:

(2008-2009) - Choreographer and Director of Flores de Samba Dance Company, a Brazilian style dance company that included learning the cultures of Brazilian culture and language as well as learning the art of traditional Brazilian Samba dance.

(2009-2011) – Music editor, Lighting master, and company member of Hip Hop Connxion, a Hip Hop dance company based out of Chicago, Illinois, supervised under the executive director and founder Suave Connxion. Hip Hop Connxion has many college side branches including, Boston University, Michigan University, and Indiana University, which focuses on student based choreography and teamwork within the dance company.

(2010-2012) - Director and founder of the IU Ballroom Dance Company, also known as the IU Formation Dance Team, within the student group IU Ballroom Dance Club. This company focus on team based performances throughout the university campus with emphasis on ballroom dancing but also includes other styles including Jazz and Hip Hop.

(2014-2015) – Performed for the Hamilton County “Dancing Like the Stars” for the  “Meals on Wheels” charity venue presented by St. Vincent Hospital.

(2015-2017) – Performed for the Anderson, IN, Paramount Theater production of “Dancing Like the Stars” fundraiser. Second Runner-Up for Judge’s Choice (2017) and Winner of Audience Choice Mirror Ball (2017)