2015 You Were Good To Me - Looking Forward To 2016!!!

2015 taught me a lot about patience, determination, discernment and faith.  From how it started, to how it ended, I can only look up in amazement and smile. The ride is definitely not easy and there's still so much to do but I feel like I'm walking in my destiny and I'm extremely grateful. Listening to that voice that kept repeating "Don't give up", has paid off.  From being the face of Haiti for the 2015 PanAm Games, to commercials, Principal roles and my first Reccuring Lead role in an upcoming television series. I'm thankful and appreciative of the opportunities that have allowed me to truly start living out my dreams.

This career choice doesn't come with a blueprint and often toys with your emotions. It loves to try to convince you that you are not worthy or good enough to reach your dreams. Then life joins in to throw obstacles and road blocks to test and challenge your wants. You find yourself in constant battle with your thoughts while fear and doubt quickly become your close friends. DON'T GIVE IN!

In 2016 have the courage to believe in yourself fully, go after your dreams wholeheartedly and choose your friends wisely. Give birth to that creative side you've kept stored away for so long in fear of rejection or ridicule. Don't fear the work, instead allow it to propel you into your next level.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Young World Faces of Pan Am Premiere 2015

 With photographer Robert Young:)

With photographer Robert Young:)

"I stand tall knowing that my diversity is embraced and that my dreams are without limits. I stand tall knowing that my lineage consists of individuals who are driven by faith and continuously demonstrate resilience while facing immense diversity. Canada is my Home and Haiti is my History!"

Exactly one month ago today, The Young World Faces of Pan Am 2015 exhibit premiered at the Commerce Court West (199 Bay Street) in Toronto. Forty-One Torontonian women were chosen to represent the forty-one nations and territories of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Every portrait stands 7' tall and is displayed in it's own individual lightbox.  I was chosen to be the face of Haiti by project creator and photographer Robert Young. I remain extremely grateful for the opportunity and encourage everyone to go and see the beauty that lies in our diversity!

The Exhibit is on now until August 23rd 2015!

THE FACE OF HAITI - 2015 PAN AM AND PARAPAN AM GAMES

Sunday, June 7th 2015

I'm beyond honoured and and excited to finally announce that I'm the Face of Haiti for the 2015 Pan Am Games!!!! This summer, see the big picture at Commerce Court West in Downtown Toronto when Toronto2015's Panamania presented by CIBC reveals the World Premiere of ... YOUNG World Faces of PAN AM...a dynamic collection of large-scale portrait photographs, featuring proud Torontonian women representing the 41 participating nations and territories of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am & Parapan AM Games!  Log on to www.robertyoungiam.com for more details:)

The Gift - Private Screening

 FRENCH CREOLE RESTAURANT - 810 St. Clair Ave. West  Such great food and ambiance.  Try it ALL, you won't be disappointed!!!!

FRENCH CREOLE RESTAURANT - 810 St. Clair Ave. West

Such great food and ambiance.  Try it ALL, you won't be disappointed!!!!

On May 24th 2015, a Private Screening for 'The Gift', was hosted by La Creole restaurant. The individuals involved in the making of this film, whether financially or cast/crew, finally had the pleasure to view the short filmed late last year, directed by Esery Mondesir and starring Conrad Coates, David Delisca as well as myself. The story takes you on a journey of love, betrayal, forgiveness and devastation as an art teacher, Anne (played by myself) finds out some horrific news that will alter her life forever. Centered around the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, this story is guaranteed to take you on a whirlwind of emotions.

"Once again I would like to thank my director Esery Mondesir, for taking a chance on me and having me as his Anne. This movie means the world to you and has now become a 'gift' to me."

To EVERYONE that generously gave of their time and money to have this movie made, I/we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Can't wait for you all to see it:)

Festival Time!!!!!!

 

The T.D.O.T. BLOG - Feature: Sagine Semajuste

On Feb. 17th 2015, The Dancers Of Toronto (T.D.O.T.) Blog featured me as their #119 DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER. The T.D.O.T. Blog mission: to RECOGNIZE SHOWCASE AND NURTURE the incredible talent we have. Full interview below and on The T.D.O.T. Blog: http://thetdotblog.com/2015/02/17/sagine-gg-semajuste/

 

SAGINE SEMAJUSTE

17Feb

Find out what Sagine had to say in this week’s feature…

Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?

Sagine: Ever since I could walk, I was dancing to Kompa (Haiti’s national music) with my Daddy, two stepping to Lionel Richie and  grooving to MJ:)

 

Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)

Sagine: You Bring Me Joy by Mary J. Blige :)

 

Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?

Sagine:  I’ve struggled with this myself a lot, still do at times. I would always say “I hate freestyling”. Anytime I knew I had to do it for an audition or in front of a class, I would tense up and try to avoid it at all cost. It’s a mental game and you have to rid yourself of all negative thoughts and just dance. It’s definitely a challenge but when you’re truly in the moment and feel connected, it’s an indescribable feeling.

 

Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?

Sagine:  When I do choreograph, I need to be connected to the music 100%. My background is in Musical Theatre, so I also always need my pieces to have a message or tell a specific story.

 

Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?

Sagine:  My biggest influences are individuals that personified the word ‘Entertainer’. Such as Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Debbie Allen, Tina Turner, Michael and Janet Jackson.

 

Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?

Sagine:  I could never name just one. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with many gifted Toronto choreographers. I thank them all for allowing me to be a part of their artistry and visions :)

 

Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)

Sagine:  I recently work with Rhapsody James in Montreal for her Motivating Excellence program and it was honestly life changing. I was also blessed with this opportunity during a very difficult and confusing time in my life. I was left exposed and forced to deal with things right there in the room. She reminded me of the reasons why I started to dance, why I loved to dance and what was holding me back. Her passion and drive was/is infectious. The type of energy you want around you daily. I truly thank God for that experience and can’t wait for us to cross paths again.

 

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Sagine:  Toronto Dancers are always ready and willing to dedicate all of their time and efforts to any new project, show or company. They’re also very encouraging towards each other.

 

Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?

Sagine: I think it’s really important for Toronto dancers/artists to remember to be versatile, business oriented and to do the research. Plan out your career of choice. You can’t just dance. Discover your other skill sets and remember they are what sets you apart. You have to understand that you’re a brand and that you’re responsible for marketing yourself. It’s not always easy but it’s the way of today’s world. Lastly, but most importantly…be willing to take risks. The industry will demand a lot from you, you can’t allow fear to hinder your growth.

 

THANK YOU SAGINE FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XOXO

Blog Link: http://thetdotblog.com/2015/02/17/sagine-gg-semajuste/