INSTRUCTORS & GROUPS
Each of our instructors are hand picked. We feature Indy's best groups and instructors to give you the most fun and informative dance experience around. Check them out below and come join us for classes, private lessons and social dances
Marie Riolo Roach
The founder of Riolo Dance, Marie began dancing in early childhood in her hometown of Logansport, Indiana, and she hasn’t quit since. Her early training included tap, jazz, ballet & modern dance. Marie studied in the prestigious dance program at Brigham Young University. Recognizing her teaching talent, her professors put her to work as a teaching assistant and choreographer.
After college she returned to Indiana and married Bryan Roach. She has been teaching in Indianapolis since 1989. She competed as a professional in International Standard and Latin and she continues to compete with students in the Pro/Am division.
Marie teaches International Standard, Latin and American Smooth and Rhythm and Argentine Tango. She is continually promoting dance in the community. She has taught in several local middle and high schools as well as at Indiana University in Bloomington. You can find her teaching for several local organizations and clubs. She is also the teacher for the Columbia Club’s CDN (Columbian Dance Network).
In 2003, Marie discovered another love, Argentine Tango. She has since studied under some of the best in the field, both in the United States and Buenos Aires. Indianapolis’ premier Argentine Tango organization, Tango Indy, named her as their principal instructor, at it’s inception in 2004. Not only does Marie have a gift for teaching Argentine Tango, she also dances it beautifully. The best Milongueros (dancers) in Buenos Aires ask to dance with Marie! Some people say that Marie is one of the best female leaders currently teaching tango.
Marie is an excellent teacher. Marie was named as the best ballroom instructor in the “Best of the Best” December 2006 issue of the Indianapolis Mothly Magazine. Her understanding of both the lead and follow allow her students to progress rapidly. She is unfailingly patient and enthusiastic and enjoys teaching singles, couples and groups.
Call Marie with questions or to schedule a private lesson.
Rob Jenkins has been part of the Riolo studio since it opened in 2007. He is well known as a fixture in the Indianapolis ballroom community, and he enjoys teaching all types of dances and helping students meet their goals from social to competitive. Rob has been teaching since 1999 in American style Smooth and Rhythm. He competed professionally in American smooth with his lovely wife Melissa for five years during this time. When Riolo opened in 2007, he joined their team and started to branch out by studying International Standard and Latin, as well as, Argentine Tango. He is extremely proficient in these styles. Rob also has some background with Salsa and West Coast Swing, so he is literally a “jack of all trades” in the partnership dance world! He has spent his many years of experience coming up with more efficient ways of teaching to get results fast. His passion for dance is exceeded only by the love of his beautiful family!
Rob also has ten years experience as a student of the Alexander Technique. This is a method for understanding and correcting the use and mechanics of the body. He started studying the Alexander Technique when he was competing professionally and wanted to improve his posture and movement. He quickly discovered it was an invaluable tool for understanding dance technique and teaching it in a holistic and clear manner. Rob feels that it gives him an edge in his teaching that is important and unique.
Rob has produced several videos for beginners, a few of which are featured below. He wanted his new students to be able to get reminders about what they did once they went home. They are completely free and available through his website which is naptownballroom.com. Just go to the page labeled “Videos” and see the selection.
Please contact Rob directly to schedule Private Lessons at Riolo:
Under the direction of co-founder Kyle Culmann, Latin Expressions offers the clearest, most informative and highest quality dance instruction in Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Kizomba, ChaChaCha and other Latin dances.
Whether you are looking to learn the basics, gain more confidence/comfort, stand out on the dance floor or compete at the highest of levels, LE has something for you! Offering a structured yet laid back and fun learning environment, our classes are designed to keep you engaged, having fun and learning to be your personal best. LE is committed to improving the level of dancing in Indianapolis and sharing a love and passion for Latin dance with anybody they encounter, so beginners are always welcome! More importantly, our students and staff grow to understand that dance is more than just a hobby; it is a passion empowered by the relationships we build on and off the dance floor.
For Private Lessons with Kyle, or for more information on their classes, please contact them at:
Kyle Culmann, Co-Founder and Owner of Latin Expressions Dance Company. Kyle discovered his passion for Latin dancing at the age of eighteen. While staying based in Indianapolis, he has taught, performed and competed at many events across the nation and even internationally. Kyle specializes in teaching Latin dances such as Salsa, Bachata, Mambo, Merengue, Cumbia and Nightclub Cha-Cha.
Roland loves teaching, competing, and dancing socially in the ballroom dance environment because it brings out the best of us as individuals and provides an environment to express love for each other through music, dance, and partnered teamwork. He has nearly 15 years of ballroom dancing experience. He is experienced in competition, exhibition, and instruction including; special needs, blind, and deaf instruction and has been a teacher for Hendricks County Special Olympics Dancers for many years.
He has won numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in competition while competing within the Arthur Murray and 5 Star competitive circuit at a variety of dance skill levels as well as numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals with Special Olympics partners within the USA Dance circuit.
Roland teaches Ballroom along with Argentine Tango. Please contact him directly to schedule private lessons at Riolo:
Eric’s journey through dance began years back with a multitude of dance styles. He is not only an instructor, but he is a student, a fanatic, and a lover of many dance genres. Eric has had brief training in Hip Hop, Latin, and Ballroom. He infuses the connection, the rhythms, and the movements of those dances into his Swing. In 2009, he began to compete, learn, study, and teach West Coast Swing based out of the Swing Cat student organization, located on the IUPUI college campus.
Eric is the reigning NASDE All-Star Jack & Jill Tour Champion. He was awarded the title for his 2016 placements on the National Association of Swing Dance Events tour around the country. Influenced by Hip Hop, Argentine Tango, and Bachata, Eric’s unique dance style has resulted in him being internationally recognized alongside some of the best West Coast Swing dancers in the world.
Eric’s teaching style is very much like his dance: natural, fun, and intuitive. He creates an atmosphere that allows students to be comfortable letting loose and having fun in a relaxed and inclusive learning environment. His teaching has heavy focus on connection within the dance and the conversation that happens within the music between two partners. As he continues to study the world of dance, Eric hopes to spread his love of West Coast Swing to the world.
Eric teaches the Wednesday night West Coast Swing group class at Riolo and some of the Friday and Sunday events. For private lessons, please contact him directly.
Founded by Ian Bazilio and Lindsey Gelwicks, K-Z Rhythms strives to offer the best Kizomba and UrbanKiz instruction in Indianapolis. Inspired by many of the premiere UrbanKiz dancers of the time, Ian and Lindsey place a strong emphasis on connection techniques.
Ian Bazilio began dancing in 2007 starting with salsa and bachata lessons under the instruction of Yang Xiao at IntoSalsa. He discovered his passion for Kizomba shortly thereafter, but did not begin dancing or training in the style until 2014. Since then, he has traveled across the country to train with many renowned instructors. Along with founding K-Z Rhythms, Ian also moonlights as DJ Ginga, deejaying the weekly Kizomba Tuesdays at Osos’s Republic, Friday nights at the Neidhammer, and other Kizomba events around the Midwest.
Lindsey Gelwicks began her dance training at 3 years old starting with ballet, and eventually adding in jazz, tap, contemporary, pointe, and musical theatre. She didn’t discover her love for social partner dancing until 2015 when she began taking salsa lessons under the instruction of Kyle Culman and Ashley Donaldson at Latin Expressions. Lindsey fell in love with Kizomba in 2016 after attending a workshop in Bloomington, Indiana. Since then, she has devoted nearly every weekend to traveling and training in the styles of Kizomba and UrbanKiz.
For private lessons, please contact them directly.
Natasha has what you call a “young spirit” called to the floors of dancing. First stepping foot into a ballroom for an attempt at the tango, she was introduced to and immediately fell in love with the other dances. Specializing in waltz, foxtrot, rhumba, cha-cha, hustle, swing, salsa, to name a few, and many other dances, this young soul has been teaching ballroom as long as she’s been dancing it. She has had personal training and coaching sessions from John Berry (local), Raphael Cologne, Ana Maria Chacon, Wilson Barrera and his lovely wife Elizabeth Cartier, and other world renowned coaches, once world champion dancers.
Recently partaking in the event “Dancing Like the Stars”, held each year in January, Natasha performed a rhumba with one of her students at the Paramount Theatre located in Anderson, Indiana. Natasha plans to compete with dance and to continue auditioning at major dance events around the U.S., and possibly the world.
Natasha teaches private lessons in both smooth and rhythm dances for singles, couples, groups and for wedding couples. Her goal is not only to continue to develop in her dancing but to bring out the inner dancer in each of her students.
Originally from Marion, Indiana Xavier Medina studied dance at the Community School of the Arts in downtown Marion. There he studied a 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 Standard and Latin Ballroom for 17 years under Mike and Ronalda Kuechev. He has continued his studies through the Contemporary Modern program at Indiana University studying under Sherilyn Folley, Selene Carter, Roberta Wong, and Elizabeth Shea, until 2012 where he graduated and moved to greater Indianapolis region.
Aside from teaching professionally American and International style ballroom, he includes expertise in social, street style ballroom (West Coast, Argentine Tango, Salsa, etc) along with a variety of dance styles. He is happy to continue sharing his experience and growth through his teaching at Riolo Dance Studio.
Some of his more recent accomplishments include:
-2008 to 2009, choreographer and director of Flores de Samba Dance Company of Bloomington Indiana, 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.
-2009-2012, 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. He toured wit the group all across the nation including other universities including Boston University and Michigan University, which focuses on student based choreography and teamwork within the dance company at a collegiate level.
-2010 to 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. This group also competed at the collegiate level at Ohio Star Ball, placing 3rd overall in 2011.
-2015-2017, performed for “Reason to Dance” presented by Riley Children’s Hospital and the Global Health Foundation.
2014-2018, performed for the Hamilton County “Dancing Like the Stars” for the “Meals on Wheels” charity venue presented by St. Vincent Hospital
Winner of People’s Choice Award 2017
Winner of Judges Choice Award 2018
2015-2018, performed for “Dancing Like the Stars” an Anderson, IN, Paramount Theater production
Judges Runner Up and Audience Choice Mirror Ball trophy winner in 2017.
For private lesson details, please contact Xavier directly.