his first dance classes at the age of ten. His teacher is
Bittor de Olaeta (Director of Ballets OLAETA, in Bilbao).
1969. Joins the Basque dance group
Bizi nai and in 1962 Gaztedi,
1962-63. Directs the Basque dance
group Edurre, in Ariz-Basauri.
1964. Goes to Paris where he performs
with the professional company ETORKI, in a six-day
run of their new show at the "Theatre Champs Elyssées".
Founds the Basque dance group Gorantza, subsequently
renamed Herrikoi and eventually BIZKAI euskal dantzari
several years' work, Egiguren stages the complete cycle of
nine dances known as Dantzari-dantza for the first time, with
BIZKAI euskal folklor elkartea.
He also stages the Soka-dantza from the Durango area,
including the Erregelak.
1969. With Gorantza, now
BIZKAI euskal folklor elkartea Egiguren sends
out a letter to all the groups in Bizkaia and some in Gipuzkoa
and Araba (150 in total). In it, Gorantza offers to
teach them to dance the authentic Biscayan Dantzari-dantza
which the group had learnt in Garai (Bizkaia) from the most
famous dantza-maisus from the Merindad of Durango.
The offer is widely accepted.
With this change in the steps and choreographies of the Dantzari-dantza,
the authentic Dantzari-dantza from the Merindad of
Durango is restored by all the dance groups of Basque Country
performing it publicly, replacing an erroneous version of
the dance handed down by the federation of Basque Youth in
Bilbao and performed since the beginning of the twentieth
1969. Egiguren returns to the
ETORKI company in Paris with whom he embarks on a four-month
tour of various European countries.
1976 Egiguren presents a new project to the assembly
of BIZKAI dantzari taldea, today know as BIZKAI.
Ohizko Euskal Dantzaren Eskola. This was the first
traditional Basque dance school in the Basque Country.
1977. July. Directs the "Basque
Folk Dance Workshop" at the 15 International Tanzwerkstatt
Bonn´87 (15th International Dance Workshop of Bonn´87),
held in Bonn (Germany).
Sabin Egiguren Apraiz and under his direction, BIZKAI
euskal dantzari taldea won many prizes.
He directed and coordinated a large number of folk festivals,
some of which had a huge significance for the Basque Country.
He was the promoter and subsequent co-founder of Euskal
Dantzarien Biltzarra (Association of Dantzaris and Federation
of Basque Dance Groups of the Basque Country) in Bizkaia,
in which he held the position of president.
1977. He sat on the national governing
board of EDB in the Basque Country, and the governing
board of Bizkaia, until his resignation from the two bodies
He is currently chairman of the board of
BIZKAI euskal folklor elkartean.