At a time when most young people are all about new beginnings, high school senior Rio Ottolino is already bringing an important phase of her life to a close. Because of her planned new beginnings as a college student in the Fall, this talented young entrepreneur will be closing her Goin’ Solo Dance Studio on May 20.

 The Studio brought many dancing experiences and successes to many area children. Over the past three years, Rio has choreographed winning routines for the group, who have competed in Midwest Starz Dance competitions. Last year they took second place in the national competition. So far this year, they have placed first in a mid-season competition in February. Rio has taught these girls to dance and also to give back to their community. The troupe has volunteered to dance at a nursing home, to work with Brownie Scouts who want to earn a scouting dance badge and to participated in Settlers’ Days.

Above all, Rio is a star in her own right. In March she won her 4th National Championship at Team Champion Spirit Group (C.S.G.) National Dance Competition with her open solo entitled, "Sound of Silence". Rio has won the last three National Championships using her own choreography.

Rio has also held a 6-week Summer Dance Workshop for local children over the past three summers and has had the children perform for their parents at a recital held at the high school each summer. At Marengo Community High School she led the school dance unit for the past two years and choreographed routines for varsity cheerleaders.

Rio hopes to go to law school in the future, and perhaps run a dance studio as a hobby. Whatever she decides to do, be assured she will do it with enthusiasm and energy! We wish her well.

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