1. What are the projects that you are currently working on? Please tell us a little about it.
- I just completed filming five weeks for a new show coming out the first week of June!
- I am performing this Thursday with a very big artiest at WE Day.
- I will be traveling to Florida May 4 - May 8th to perform at Playlist with the app, musical.ly and also perform with Nia Sioux from Dance Moms.
- Also, an episode of Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger I was in should be airing this Saturday!
2. Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
I think my biggest achievement is dancing at Super Bowl 49 with Katy Perry and Missy Elliott. My friends and I were the first and only kids to ever perform for Super Bowl. It was a long, hard two weeks of rehearsals and I had to learn a flip that everyone could do but me. If I didn’t learn it, I couldn’t be in the performance. So I took gymnastics privates almost everyday for two weeks and my body was killing me. But I learned the flip!
3. Besides dancing, what are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about acting. I aspire to be the next Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman or Will Smith. I have booked acting jobs and even a movie. I love being able to transform during a scene and become someone completely different.
Acting is very different than dance. Your words and body language have to be in sync to effectively convey a character.
4. How do you prepare for a public performance?
For some reason, I do not get very nervous before a performance. I make sure to always be prepared and to have fun.
But, I do have a tradition where I do not go to the restroom before a performance, No matter how bad I have to go! I know that’s weird, but it’s what I do.
5. Why and when did you decide to start you dancing career?
I started almost nine years ago. I was doing a lot of hip-hop dancing and popping. I was having such a good time, my mom thought maybe I could find a dance agent. She took me to an audition and I got in. I’ve been working professionally ever since!
6. If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take?
I would take my dad for sure. He is a history nerd and knows just about anything for any subject.
7. Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your dancing career?
I find the biggest challenge is making sure I am continually growing and evolving my dance craft. It’s difficult to stay consistent in dance classes when you work a lot. So, I try to take technique classes as much as possible during my down time as well as practice on my own.
8. So many young celebrities are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
There a few causes that are important to me. One being teaching dance to underprivileged kids. I know not everyone grows up the same and have the same opportunities. It is important for me to reach out to kids who may not be able to afford dance classes and teach a little class to them and spend time answering questions. I love to teach and make people happy.
I am also the ambassador for “Kid Smartz,” a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The program has a number of kid-friendly ideas to make sure kids know not to talk to strangers. So, I was part of a social media campaign and Safety Dance video that contained a rap and dance about how to stay safe from strangers and what to do if a stranger approached them.
9. As a teen dancer, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career?
That’s a hard one! I’m still trying to figure it out. Since I am homeschooled, I’m finding what works best for me is to always be ahead of my course work. That way, if something comes up I don’t have to stress about school and working at the same time.
10. If you were not a dancer, what would you be up to now?
I would be an awesome gymnasts. I use to compete before I started dancing.
11. If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to?
The dopest class ever would be like this:
Casey Simpson - Cause he’s too crazy and funny. He would always have jokes for the teachers.
Kyla-Drew = She's for sure the smartest in the class. I would get the answers to all the test from her.
Kristen Li = She’s the voice of “Bubbles” from Power Puff Girls. I would have her transform her voice to be my mom and get me out of school all the time.
Isabela Moner = Every class needs a super-pretty girl. She would be the most popular girl in the whole school.
Breanna Yde & Carson Lueders = So everyday can be like High School Musical
Gabe DeGuzman & Jaheem Toombs = So I will have someone to dance and get turnt up with!
12. What is it like working with Sean Lew?
13. How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
My fans can find me at @bigwillsimmons on the following:
Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, musical.ly, Snapchat
For facebook, my fan page is: William “Big Will” Simmons
Favorite Sport: Gymnastics & Baseball
Favorite Music: Rap
Travel Destination: Japan (I know Japanese)
Favorite TV Show: Empire and Big Bang Theory
Dream College: Howard University would be a dream. They have one of the top Theatre Art programs.
15. Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their dancing careers?
Start today!! Do your research! Take a Chance! There are so many avenues to learn dance. Maybe you live in a place where there aren’t dance classes available, don’t let that stop you! You can learn from Youtube! I know people who have learned dance from Youtube, they posted what they learned on Instagram, tagged the choreographer and was invited to come to LA to train with them. So, Instagram is your friend. If you learn a dance piece from a choreographer, put the dance on your Insta and tag, tag, tag! You may think the choreographer doesn’t see them, but most of the time they do.
No dream is too Big. As long as you work hard, your dream can become a reality.
Remember, “Where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY!”