From NZ to Sydney and to the rest of the world, Wil Sabin has been dancing his way to success from the age of 2.
There are triple threats and then there is Wil Sabin; dancer, choreographer, creative director, educator and business owner, just to name a few of the hats he wears on any given day.
Learning his work ethic from his parents, Wil has pursued and created a profession doing what he loves, in one of the hardest industries, the Entertainment Industry. After decades in the industry he has curated a successful and impressive resume, from working with Australian music Artists to creating shows in Las Vegas and educating the best of the next generation of dancers, Australia has to offer.
Wil will be kicking even bigger goals next year; creating and producing his own burlesque show, “Sexy Deadly Seven”, as well as being a mentor for a new professional course through ‘Evolution Agency’, which is a new boutique dance agency in the Gold Coast.
Get to know him more below!
Full Name: William John Sabin but just Wil with one L is fine 😉
Nationality: New Zealand
Star Sign: Capricorn
Favourite dance style to do?
I love good old fashioned jazz. It’s what I grew up doing and I love real “dancing”, give me a fan kick, a pencil turn and a layout any day and I’ll be happy!
Do you have a favourite choreographer? If so, who and why?
I have always loved Bob Fosse, it took me a long time to appreciate the power in subtle choreography. His work is stunning.
I love Mandy Moore’s work, (she does a lot of TV and film in the states. I attended a workshop by her when I was really young in NZ and have followed her career ever since. I have dancers I looked up to as a kid like Gene Kelley and Fred Astaire. I watched their movies continuously. Gene is such an effortless performer with so much style.
Who are your heroes?
My mum and Dad for sure. My dad worked away full-time to support a family of seven and my mum worked full-time to run a household of seven! She drove me every day to dance/gymnastics 6 days a week, an hour and a half there and an hour and a half back! They taught me the meaning of hard work ethic and instilled it in me from a young age. Our entire family moved to the city from the country when I was 11 years old, so I could pursue my dancing. I am forever grateful for them.
When did you start dancing and why?
I came from a very small country town called Wellsford in New Zealand and my older sister ran a small dance school out of the local church hall. Apparently, I just wouldn’t sit still and would join in her classes up the back, I did my first dance comp at 2 ½. A tap dance.
What 3 words would you choose to describe yourself?
Driven, Energetic, Transparent.
What have you been up to in the last couple of years?
I have moved into creative direction a lot more the past few years. A few highlights would be creating a show in Las Vegas at The Planet Hollywood Casino, I did the Andy Warhol Exhibit launch at the NGV, worked on Asia’s next top model, provided entertainment for The Australian Champion Small Business awards, directed The March Into Merivale Festival and created an entertainment program for Family nightclub in Brisbane. I work as creative director for The Voice Winner Alfie Arcuri on all his art direction, performances, styling and choreography. As well as Sony Artist Nat Conway, with whom, I got to do the Australia Day concert for channel 10 at the Opera House this year which was really fun. Most recently, I worked with Paulini training her in her lead up to The Bodyguard and also worked on a feature film “Sunset People”, (coming out next year).
I have also been coaching Australia’s young elite dancers at Dynamite Studios Queensland and The Village Central Coast. I won the outstanding coach award in LA at the World Performing Arts Championship this year.
What are your plans for the next couple of years?
Next year is really exciting, I am mentoring a new professional course through ‘Evolution Agency’ – a new boutique dance agency in the Gold Coast. It’s a flexible program designed for both working dancers and those aspiring to have a professional career in the industry. One on One mentoring with me weekly, plus they will get to work with all of the top industry pros I have worked with over the past 15 years. Such as, Photographers, Stylists, Dance educators, casting directors and more. I am really passionate about sharing my knowledge with the next generation of dancers and think this program is something that isn’t offered anywhere else.
I also have been developing a new stage show called “Sexy Deadly Seven” which I am working on at the moment for a 2018 season. The team is really strong and the cast is beyond talented and stunning so I am really pumped for everyone to see what we have been working on, and of course my Creative direction with my company Wil Sabin Entertainment.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to say retired, sipping cocktails by the beach in Greece but anyone that knows me knows I will be working untill I’m 90 years old! Ha!
Continuing and developing what I’m doing now, building and growing and reaching bigger markets and bigger projects. Creating shows, travelling, generating work for entertainers globally and educating young elite dancers and sharing my passion with them.
What is your dream job?
I am lucky enough to say I am living my dream job. Never in a million years would I have thought a boy from a small country town in NZ would be doing what I doing today.