Meet Sebastian Little: The dancing poster-child of Yale football
‘I just want to let you know that I cannot disagree more with you’
If you haven’t seen him on campus repping his Yale football gear, you’ve seen him busting a move on the sideline of The Game 2014.
That’s right, The Tab sat down with Yale ’17 Sebastian (AKA Sebby) Little to find out just what makes him so super.
We heard that in addition to football, you’re also on a dance team. Can you tell us more about that?
I was sophomore year! So I have no background in dancing whatsoever. All the moves you see splayed on the side of the game are self-taught through either YouTube videos, movies, or just from friends and family.
So I have no dance background, I just thought it would be fun to do some pop/hip-hop pieces. I ended up doing two different dances in the spring Danceworks show. I met a lot of really cool people and the choreographers were really really cool. I ended up having a freestyle in one of them. It was just a really fun time, it was something completely out of my comfort zone.
I’m really bad at choreography – as much as I love freestyle dancing, I’m awful at choreography – so it was a really challenging thing for me too because a lot of times you think with athletics, you can easily move your body that was. But it’s very different so it was fun!
What’s the weirdest rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
I try to stay out of drama, very actively. I mean, everybody says that but I’m pretty upfront with things, so I’d rather clarify than start rumors. Or maybe they just don’t get back to me! There’s probably plenty of rumors out there that just don’t get back to me. Is that an answer?
You were the social chair of Zeta last year. How involved are you in the frat these days?
Not too much! I do live in the house, but I’m not involved in any of the operations or how it runs.
What did you do during your time off last semester?
I was in DC interning at a leadership consulting group called McChrystal. It was a great experience, I really enjoyed it. I love working with people period, and the leadership consulting gives me a two-pronged approach. I love leadership and I love being able to handle different types of problems with each organization. It was really cool.
People see you as the campus social butterfly. Do you see yourself that way?
[Sebby pulls his hat over his face] What? Um, no, not at all! Honestly I’m just happy, I’m blessed to be where my feet are right now. I’m playing football, I have a lot of great friends on campus, um, none of it was an attempt to build an image, it’s just kind of who I am.
I’ve always likes saying hi to people and being around people. The more people you surround yourself with, the more perspectives you get; the more perspectives you get, the more you grow. So no, none of it was intentional. I just kind of say that I’m just doing me, and people can interpret it however they want.
If a movie were to be made about you, what would you want the title to be and who would play you?
It’d definitely be a superhero movie. Because I love superheroes. Let me get Will Smith. And the title would be…. hmm….. I’m trying to think of something clever with Little as the last name.
Little Sebby Big World?
Yeah! Why not? It’d be something of a crossover between Hitch and Hancock. But I wouldn’t be a drunken superhero.
Speaking of superheroes, what’s up with the whole Superman thing?
I actually have a poster on my wall right now that says “the superhero is an ordinary person who goes and does something extraordinary.” And for me, superheroes have been something I’ve always kind of been interested in. I never really read the comics, I was introduced to the movies, but I’ve always thought that the ideas of superheroes and the morality behind them was cool.
They’re people who are taking extraordinary abilities and using them to help normal, everyday people. So when I’m on the field, I try to flip a switch and go from Clark Kent to Superman. It’s kind of an alter ego type thing.
Everybody gets super! I wear superhero shirts on days of tests, so it’s little stuff like that that makes things fun and interesting.
What’s your favorite drink?
Chocolate milk. Easy. I’ll take chocolate milk over any type of alcohol any day.
Do you have plans for after college?
I have some schemes! I have an offer from the McChrystal Group, so I think that’d be an awesome place to go back to. I’m also thinking of possibly going into sports psychology.
Finally, is there anything else you’d like the people of Yale to know about you?
This is super random, but I’m named after the character in The Neverending Story, Bastian. However, my middle name is Coe, so I’m Sebastian Coe Little. And Sebastian Coe was an English Olympic runner. But I’m not named after him!