There’s a new Pit Crew member in town, and he’s got all the right moves!
Get ready to be gagged, squirrel friends–RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is officially open, and it’s already making Vegas herstory with insane dance numbers, an iconic cast, original music, and all the looks that will blow your mind.
Sebastian is a seasoned dancer, hailing from Puerto Rico, and has had tons of experience teaching dance, and turning it into a career performing in front of the masses. We sat down with the newest Pit Crew member to spill all the tea on his dancing journey, working with drag queens and being a fan of the show, what he thinks sets Drag Race Live! apart from other Vegas shows, and so much more.
Where are you from?
I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I moved after college to Chicago, and I used to teach dance there, and then I decided to go to LA. Then I started doing Magic Mike Live three years ago, and that’s how I ended up in Vegas.
When and how did your journey as a dancer begin?
I was in school for performing arts in Puerto Rico starting at the age of 12 through basically all of my teenage years. From there, I ended up in Chicago teaching kids to dance, and then I ended up moving to LA to pursue a career performing in 2015.
How did you feel when you knew that you were going to be a part of the show?
I was so excited–very, very excited. I am a fan of the show, and throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to work with drag queens from the show outside of anything like this. In Chicago, there are so many drag queens, like Shea Coulee, and it’s really fun to be performing for the actual show.
What’s the best thing about being in Vegas?
Working is very fun. In LA, jobs are a lot more temporary, and the opportunities I’ve had in Vegas are a lot more lasting and running. Magic Mike Live was a three-year run, and this show is more consecutive. It’s fun! It’s a fun city, and it’s different.
What’s your favorite part about being in the show?
I think meeting the queens is the funnest part–at least for me–because I’ve been a fan of the show for a long time, and I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet some of them outside of Drag Race, so being able to interact with them and meet them is just really fun and exciting.
What’s something you learned from being part of the show?
More than learning something, I think I’ve become more appreciative of all of all the artistry that comes with drag queens and how much work they put in. Their looks, their performances, and how they make people feel…I respect what they bring to the table, which is a completely different type of art.
Any notable or funny stories from rehearsals?
Just hanging out with the queens is really fun. Vanjie is just somebody who is really funny; you can basically hear her everywhere, all the time. Watching the queens get out of their comfort zone has been very, very fun, just because they take on challenges with such a positive vibe. Even teaching stuff to Vanjie has been hilarious, and all the personalities that they all bring to the table. They all have such big personalities that are hilarious to be around!
What is something the fans should look forward to in the production?
You usually only get to see drag queens in a nightclub scene, or on TV. Here, you get to see them in a venue that’s big enough for them to perform in, in their biggest capacity, and I think that’s the best part of it. You can just see them in a different light. There’s bigger costumes, better choreography–they come out of the ceiling, and it’s just a higher production that they deserve. If you give them a bigger venue, then they’ll do bigger things, so you can see them in a way that you’ve never seen before, because they have the ability to do it now. They’re not performing in a small venue where they don’t have the capacity that this venue has.
Why should everyone come out and see RuPaul’s Drag Race Live?
Vegas is a very, very straight city outside of your classic divas that come and perform. Vegas is directed towards a more heterosexual scene, so it’s great to come here, because it’s basically one of the only gay–if not the only gay–show that you get to see here. You know, we had divas before, but that’s it. Other than your Britney Spears or your J.Lo, everything else is directed towards males or females where there’s a bachelor party or strippers. This is here, and this is fun.
Don’t miss Sebastian and the rest of the Pit Crew on the big stage at the RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Check out show dates and purchase tickets here.
Photos via Denise Truscello