Julio Medina is a Xicano artist and educator from Los Angeles. His work focuses on the metaphysics of dance, considering resilience, connection, and restoration. I Gotta, Medina’s work, has been presented at The New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival in Brooklyn, NY (2017), the ConderDance Festival in Tempe, AZ (2018), and the American Dance Festival Alumni Concert in Durham, NC (2018). Julio earned his MFA at UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. Beforehand, Medina completed a double B.A. in Dance and Movement Studies and Anthropology at Emory University as a Quest Bridge Scholar. Medina joined David Rousséve/REALITY as a company member in 2016. He toured in the evening-length work Halfway to Dawn nationally and internationally from 2018-2019 at venues including REDCAT in Los Angeles, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and Jacob’s Pillow. Julio has also performed with Kevin Williamson, Cheng-Chieh Yu, and George Staib, traveling to Beijing, China, and Sorrento, Italy. Medina returned to Emory University as Assistant Professor in the dance program in 2019. He teaches street dance fundamentals, contemporary dance, improvisation, and dance history. Julio is also a company member with ALA Dance, and teaches house classes in the community. When not teaching or performing, Medina practices yoga and boxing.