Julio Ulises Medina

Julio Ulises Medina, photo by Stephen Gorme

“I Gotta” incorporates a series of “Power Moves” in b-boy practice, into a choreographic score, with interspersions of text complimenting the movement. The dance exposes undercurrents of sexuality and hyper-masculinity in the b-boy practice operative in the dancer’s reflections, which illuminate the dancer’s ability and vulnerability.

Julio Ulises Medina is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Los Angeles. Medina earned his M.F.A at the UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance where he had the privilege of working with artists Kevin Williamson, David Rousseve, and Cheng-Chieh Yu. Prior to, he majored in Cultural Anthropology as well as Dance and Movement Studies at Emory University as a Quest Bridge Scholar. While living in Atlanta, he worked with choreographers George Staib, Kyle Abraham, and Tara Lee. Medina founded TrickaNomeTry (TNT) Dance Crew in 2009, an all-male hip-hop crew that still performs in the Atlanta community. In addition, Medina pioneered a partnership between TNT and Men In Motion, a dance company of boys ages 8-13 from Moving in the Spirit, a nationally acclaimed non-profit. Medina is passionate about bringing arts to underserved communities. His role as a hip-hop teaching artist with Dance2Serve in South Central Los Angeles fulfills this passion. Medina spends his time as a real estate agent when not engaged in the arts. He intends to create a community arts center in South Los Angeles by 2025. Medina is currently a Lecturer in Dance at California State University Long Beach.

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