August 22, 2008

Sergio Trujillo’s Road to Success

August 22nd, 2008

Reporter Paula Citron from notes Sergio Trujillo, the choreographer of the Dancap production, Jersey Boys, can relate to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the real-life heroes of the megahit musical that recounts the rags-to-riches tale of four Italian-American kids who became rock ‘n’ roll sensations in the 1960s.

Trujillo grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Toronto’s Jane-Finch corridor before breaking out to make his brilliant career. The Trujillo family immigrated from Cali, Colombia, when Sergio was 12. His mother was a seamstress, and his father and older sister worked in a factory. As a child of immigrants, the pressure was on Trujillo to get a good education, but when he was 19, he saw a variety show at Canada’s Wonderland – and became hooked on dance. While studying science at the University of Toronto, he took dance classes on the side, and discovered a natural talent.

Trujillo talks to the reporter about following his dreams, his tough early days, and his eventual success as a dancer and choreographer.

Regarding his journey, Trujillo states, “I want my story to get out there because I’m living my dream. Somewhere in Canada there is an immigrant kid who thinks he has a handicap because his family is starting from scratch. I want them to know that everything is possible.”

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  1. I just wanted to say that Sergio was a friend of my Daughter’s when he was about 16, and they went to the same school, he could only speak very little English and I felt very close to him at the time and wondered what had happened to him. I saw him on Triple Sensation and I am very proud to see how far he has come. I would love to be able to be in touch with him, but I don’t even know if he would remember me, anywa that is my comments.
    Nan Hatfield

    Comment by Nan Hatfield — June 30, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

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