Xavier’s Asia journey involves studying a month at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, training for one semester as a modern dance student at Hanyang University in South Korea and another semester at the world-renowned department of dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts.
He also undertook his Master’s research in Taiwan and has performed, choreographed and toured dancers to the Macau International Youth Dance Festival.
In 2019, Xavier was recognised by Asia New Zealand Foundation as one of the 25 young New Zealanders to watch for his work connecting New Zealand and Asia through the arts. He was also invited by the Egyptian government to take his Pacific contemporary choreography ‘Pou’ and a group of 11 Pacific and Māori dancers to represent Oceania at the World Youth Theatre in Egypt.
Xavier is honoured to be serving the Asia New Zealand Foundation, its staff, Leadership Network members and Aotearoa through his role in the advisory board to better equip New Zealanders to thrive in Asia.
“O le ala i le pule, o le tautua” - A Sāmoan proverb meaning that the pathway to leadership is through service.