Beef & Boards
Dancing onto the Beef & Boards stage for the first time is Sean Seager, who credits Britney Spears for inspiring him to perform and a Southside dance studio for teaching him how to use his talent wisely.
“I really have to admit that I became interested in performing because of Britney Spears,” he said. “I was very young when she entered mainstream media. Here was a person that I admired for her performing abilities. I didn’t realize how much I loved to sing and dance until I started seeing her career take off.”
Seager’s performing career began at the age of 13 when he walked into The Dance Company and started training under Diane Gudat.
“I was a fireball on the stage but lacked the necessary technique to prove a formidable force,” he recalled. “In the first few classes I took under her guidance she told me that she doesn’t turn out competition dancers, saying, ‘I turn out performers who know how to adapt to choreographers and can pay their rent.’ ”
Seager was struck by her blunt questions: “Did I want to learn? Do I want to make this a career? What do I want out of this,” he said. “No one had asked me this before. I was always told you’re a male, and you can dance ... come do this project. I was of course awestruck by her words and vast knowledge of the craft.”
And the timing was perfect.
“I always believe in right time, right place,” Seager said. “Thankfully enough, I joined the summer before my sophomore year. In three short years she mentored me into becoming the type of performer I am today.
“She was also the first person to look at me and say, ‘Where are you going to college?’ ” he added.
After graduating from Perry Meridian High School in 2006, Seager moved to Pittsburgh and studied dance at Point Park University. His career began quickly – one year later – and he’s been performing professionally for 10 years.
“To this day I look at my career and always send a small thank you to (Diane Gudat). I never have personally told her the impact she made on my life, hopefully one day I can,” he said. “Right now, it’s just a privilege to give everything I can on the stage and for those who come to watch the shows.
“I’m very happy to be making a living doing what I love,” he added, noting that his favorite productions to date have included “Chicago,” “West Side Story” and “Xanadu.”
Seager can be found performing daily in “A Beef & Boards Christmas” through Dec. 23. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and include a buffet dinner. A show schedule is listed at www.beef
andboards.com, and tickets can be reserved by calling 317-872-9664.