a native New Yorker, began her artistic studies in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Since discovering flamenco, she has trained in New York and Spain under the guidance of distinguished flamenco masters including Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma, Andres Peña, Raquel Heredia, and La Lupi. Xianix has shared the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia "La Repompilla", Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla in prominent venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Tablao El Duende in Copenhagen, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi, and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla.
In 2012 she founded Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company, which produces flamenco performances and workshops that highlight bold and tenacious female artists and their unapologetically robust femininity. Queer themes, female empowerment, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work. Her most recent production, “Mujeres (Women)”, featured a rare all-female flamenco cast, featuring revered guitarist Antonia Jiménez. Xianix was one of eight choreographers chosen for the Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center produced by Mare Nostrum Elements. She was an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, is a SU-CASA community arts engagement grantee and a scholarship recipient for the Cultural Traditions Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob’s Pillow.
In addition to being an accomplished performer, Xianix is a highly sought-after teacher giving master flamenco workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center during its annual Flamenco Festival. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults, children and seniors in New York City.