Xiang Xu is an international choreographer, dancer and instructor based in New York City. Xiang holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has served as adjunct faculty and guest artist at Syracuse University and Santa Monica College.
Xiang grew up in China and attended its most prestigious dance institution, the Beijing Dance Academy where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dance and won numerous awards, including the “Gold Lion” top prize in choreography at the Singapore World Music & Dance Competition as well as the national grant to choreograph the premiere of the epic work “The Soul of Water” in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
After coming to the United States, Xiang's choreography has been highly recognized for discovering new Asian bodily aesthetics as a new definition in contemporary dance. His previous collaborators include the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Joffery Ballet, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Trust, and Cambodian National Arts Center with Prumsodun Ok.
In 2015 he established the Xiang Xu Dance and his academic book “Exploration of the Foot-Binding in Chinese Classical Dance” has been published in both Chinese and English language editions. The Joffrey Academy of Dance has selected Xiang to premiere his latest work at its 9th annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition in March 2019.