Xavier de Santos – Bath Spa University

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Course studied: BA (Hons) Dance
Graduating year: 2017

Xavier is a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance teacher.

His dance journey started as a little boy, watching his mum boogying around the house, which led him to Balleteatro in Portugal where he trained in physical theatre for three years.

Xavier moved to England in 2014 to carry on his training at Bath Spa University. Not only did he achieve a first-class Dance BA (Hons) degree, but he also received the Bath Spa Alumni Scholarship for excellence.

Xavier is now permanently based in the UK and he has been choreographing, collaborating and performing across dance and theatre platforms with a variety of artists, which has allowed him to mould his practice, merging the two languages together and establishing a new dance theatre company with Delicia Sefiha and Samuel De La Torre – AllouAqui Dance Theatre – a company that plays with the allou (there) and the aqui (here); testing the boundaries and combining different disciplines.

‘Milan’s Game’ is their first duet since the beginning of their collaborative work, and a performance that has been developed and refined through the sharing of the duet at various platforms and festivals across the UK, including Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, The Place in London, Circomedia in Bristol and Bath Fringe Festival.

As well as making and creating, Xavier is also teaching dance to people of various ages, from children to adults, in a variety of different styles. In Bath, he also leads drama workshops for young people and teaches on the Dance degree at Bath Spa University where he's now an associate lecturer.

Image credits: Nigel Adams.

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