The body is the medium by which choreographers create and dancers perform the art of dance – it is therefore up to them to transform themselves, their bodies, into artistic masterpieces. Leave it to Dante Sevin (also known as 7vin or Dante 7) to achieve just that by owning his love of dance and transforming himself into a celebrity-requested choreographer. There’s much to learn from this confident and seasoned dancer and choreographer, so let’s get to it.
7vin hails from San Diego where he was a part of Culture Shock San Diego and admits that when he got started dancing, he had zero rhythm (Fo real? A bit hard to believe huh?). He humorously stated that when fellow dancers were headed in one direction, he was going in the other direction (lol). But a lack of coordination wasn’t enough to keep him down. 7vin kept pushing, learning, and perfecting his dance skills until Hinton Battle (actor, dancer, and Tony Award winner), Hi-Hat (choreographer), and Rosero & Jamal (choreographers) gave 7vin opportunities that put him on the map. He has worked with and choreographed for Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, Debbie Allen, Brandy, Rebbie Jackson, and Az Yet.
Having worked so closely with Az Yet enabled 7vin to really know the ins and outs of music composition. He’s all about musicality and strongly feels that music is key to dance and choreography. 7vin describes his dance style as more “moving-concepting” and having a fighter (non-violent) quality as he is a fan of mixed martial arts (boxing, Taekwondo, grappling – Brazilian wrestling). When he’s in his groove, he also turns to popping, locking, and b-boying. 7vin enjoys absorbing all that’s around him and intuitively knows that creatively fusing styles from the past is what’s in. For 7vin, choreographing to instrumentals is gratifying. “Words are limiting,” 7vin states, “and there’s only so many ways you can do [a certain word]. When you just have sound, you’re free – no limitations.”
Humility and an understanding that every experience is preparing him for a larger experience or better cause is always underlying 7vin’s every move. He views himself as a vessel to reach others and only cares for God’s judgment.
Being accustomed to having no limitations on his ability and creativity has taught 7vin to place limitations on his pride. Humility and an understanding that every experience is preparing him for a larger experience or better cause is always underlying 7vin’s every move. He views himself as a vessel to reach others and only cares for God’s judgment. Such a firm sense of spiritual awareness was unexpected to me but captured my respect and admiration. 7vin wisely shares that “everyone has dirt in their past but dirt from the past helps your tree grow.” In other words, every experience makes you who you are, teaches you, and helps you grow, so don’t be afraid – go for it! 7vin was 28-years-old when he did his first music video! Talk about inspiring. 7vin is enthusiastically and energetically going after his goals and dreams (no excuses and no complaints) and dance was simply the beginning.
Though he’s established himself as a dancer and choreographer in the music industry, 7vin now has the movie industry on his agenda. After tasting the on-screen experience in “You Got Served” and “ Stomp the Yard” and seeing the behind-the-scenes work of filmmaking, 7vin has caught director fever. His visions are grand and he hopes to take his career to the next level and be a part of every aspect of filmmaking from producing to directing. There’s just no stopping this guy.
When it comes to being successful, 7vin had a few things to say: 1) Don’t get caught up in the hype, 2) Don’t have loose lips and run your mouth so much – learn and know that what you say travels, 3) It’s often to your advantage to be mysterious, and 4) When you’re hired, be on your best behavior – it’ll keep you employed. Don’t act surprised. . . We and 7vin keep it real here on TheWhatItDo. Hollywood may be demanding and constantly changing, but 7vin keeps it fresh by knowing that his biggest competitor is himself and so long as he stays open to learning, growing, teaching, and helping others, he (and you) will always come out on top.
Article Written By: Juliet Uata