Sean Bankhead’s dancing career started in the back seat of his mother’s car when he was 2 years old. “I was bopping on beat, and she’s like, ‘Where did this boy get this rhythm from?’ ” recalls the Philadelphia-born Bankhead, now 30.
When he turned 17, his family moved to Atlanta in hopes of fast-tracking his dance career; his first week there, he auditioned for Ciara’s “Goodies” video. Though he didn’t get the part, his best friend, choreographer JaQuel Knight, led him to an even bigger opportunity: dancing with Beyoncé to “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” on The Tyra Banks Show.
Since, Bankhead has danced with Miley Cyrus and choreographed for Britney Spears and Drake. This year alone, he has landed gigs with Normani, Missy Elliott (for her MTV Video Vanguard performance) and Summer Walker, and by the end of 2020, plans to open his own rehearsal facility in Atlanta. No matter how many gigs he’s juggling at once, though, it has never feels like work to him. “I’ve never had a job,” he says. “I’ve only danced.”