Attitude Dance Company is an independent dance company that originated in Geelong, Victoria, and was established by Xavier McGettigan with a focus on contemporary dance whilst branching into other genres. We love bold contemporary dance, honest performances and create a fun & inclusive environment.
Previous major works include Transience: a Triple-Bill (Chapel Off Chapel & Shenton Performing Arts Centre), (dis)connect (Shenton Performing Arts Centre, 2018), On The Move (Shenton Performing Arts Centre, 2018), SIGNIFICANCE (Chapel Off Chapel & Courthouse Youth Arts, 2017; Costa Theatre, 2016), The Man About Town (The Potato Shed, 2013) and Headcase (Courthouse Youth Arts, 2012). The company has featured in multiple guest performances, gigs such as 100 Years of Dance for the Impetus Youth Awards and the Geelong Dance Showcase.
In 2018 the company founded the ADC Impact Ensemble, a semi-professional, profit-share dance ensemble. That year, they performed in MAGNIFY, for RAW Melbourne as well as their debut major work, Transience: a Triple-Bill. In 2019 the Impact Ensemble performed in IMPACT for RAW Melbourne, as well as their second major production, Ours, in which members of the ensemble choreographed their own works.
Rather than being a dance school or studio, we exist as a performance-based dance company specialising in creating original dance theatre productions. We love inviting dancers from all over Geelong, Melbourne and Victoria to work with us while simultaneously dancing and/or teaching at a range of schools and studios; together developing and celebrating contemporary dance for all to enjoy.
Xavier McGettigan is the director of Attitude Dance Company, and has choreographed productions for the company including Transience: a Triple-Bill, (dis)connect, On The Move, SIGNIFICANCE, The Man About Town and Headcase as well as multiple events such as RAW Melbourne's MAGNIFY and IMPACT, 100 Years of Dance for the Impetus Youth Awards and the Geelong Dance Showcase.
He has choreographed extensively for musical theatre, including Game On and Once Upon a Mattress for the GSODA Junior Players, Fiddler on the Roof for Geelong Lyric Theatre, Wizard of Oz for Geelong Grammar School, Fame and The Wedding Singer for Altona City Theatre, and Legally Blonde Jr for Wyndham Theatre Company. Xavier was also the Musical Director for both Altona City Theatre's Heathers the Musical and Humdrum Comedy and Left Bauer Production's Gilligan's Island: The Musical.
Xavier graduated from the Full-Time Course at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in 2012, and teaches regularly at Impetus Dance Theatre, Kardinia International College, Debbie Lee's School of Dancing, Saint Ignatius College and Adult Ballet Studio Geelong. He has also been a guest dance teacher and choreographer at most secondary colleges, primary schools and dance schools in the Geelong region.
He has appeared on stage in multiple productions, including as a musician and ensemble cast member for Stage Art's Saturday Night Fever, Fall: Catch Me with choreographer Stacey Carmichael in Blink Dance Theatre's Soft Landing, Forbidden for Collision Dance Collective, "Paul" in Centerstage Geelong's A Chorus Line, "Georg" in Spring Awakening and a "Bad Idea Bear" in Avenue Q, both for Parcell Productions, and as "PFC Louden Downey" and “Louis Ironson” for Geelong Repertory Theatre's A Few Good Men and Angels in America.
Xavier was nominated for a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria award for his choreography of The Wedding Singer and received the "Best Judge" award in the online video competition DANCE& for La Republique Internationale des Arts.