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About Dance Migration

Since its inception in 2007, Dance Migration has produced full-length dance works in some of Toronto’s most prestigious theatres. Recent shows include Terra Brasil and Os Elementos at Fleck Dance Theatre; Luminato, Guelph Jazz Festival, Afro Fest, Brazil Fest, and Harbourfront Center’s Hot and Spicy Festival. Dance Migration has gained international recognition, having performed in Brazil, Ecuador, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Belgium, and in October 2014 Dance Migration toured a 90 min production through 26 different cities in the Netherlands. The diverse dance/movement forms that inspire Dance Migration are Silvestre Technique, Orixa movements, Afro-Brazilian dance, Samba, Capoeira, Contemporary dance, and Classical dance. Our dancers regularly travel to Brazil for advanced training. This past January 2015 Dance Migration & ELD films came together to film The Dance Migration Dance Documentary in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil which will be released in 2016.

Adrianna Yanuziello is the founder and artistic director of Dance Migration, a Toronto based dance company devoted to studying, choreographing, teaching, and promoting Brazilian culture in Toronto and abroad. Adrianna and the dancers of Dance Migration travel yearly to northeastern Brazil to intensively study regional dances in their native context. This ongoing training with Brazilian masters has allowed us to present authentic dance productions and share our knowledge of Brazilian culture with Canadian and international audiences. For the last 9 years we have worked in collaboration with master teacher Rosangela Silvestre, with the goal of building global awareness of contemporary Brazilian dance.


Adrianna Yanuziello
Dancer/Artistic Director/Choreographer
Adrianna Yanuziello, founder and artistic director of Dance Migration, teaches, choreographs, and promotes Brazilian culture in Toronto and abroad. Her influences include Rosangela Silvestre, Bale Folclorico Da Bahia, Olodum (Salvador, Bahia). Her training began at a very young age in classical dance, to jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. In 2006 Adrianna began travelling to Brazil to train with only the best in Brazilian dance. Some of her master teachers include Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Mestre King, Nem Brito, Ze Ricardo, CArlinhos do Salgueiro, Patrick Carvalho, and more. Adrianna has taught workshops throughout Canada, as well as in Brazil, Ecuador, Israel, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the USA. 
She has produced, choreographed, and performed full-length theatre shows and major corporate events. In November 2014 Adrianna presented her 90 minute production Terra Brasil in 26 cities in the Netherlands. She also choreographed for the upcoming feature film The Dance Migration: Documentary Dance Film, which was filmed in Salvador, Brazil.
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Kaitlin Torrance
Kaitlin is a Toronto based dancer, singer and actor. Since graduating from Ryerson’s BFA dance program, she has expanded her artistic practice with Sidra Bell, Daniele Desnoyers, Helene Blackburn, Adam Barruch, and Kathleen Hermesdorff. In Toronto she has performed with Karen Kaeja (Stable Dances 2008), Lacey Smith (Flux 2010), and Siona Jackson (Time 2011). She danced for Typecast Dance Company in Laserblade (2009), Synthetica (2010), and Missed Connections (2011). She has been touring across Canada and Europe since 2012 with Corpus Dance Projects. Kaitlin first performed with Dance Migration at Luminato in 2008, and has since performed in Terra Brasil (2009), Os Elementos (2011), and Faces of Samba (2013), as well as touring Ecuador and the United States. She continues to deepen her practice in Brazilian dance by training in Salvador, Brazil.
Miranda Liverpool
Miranda earned her degree in Dance at Ryerson University, after which she began training in Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Latin Cabaret, West African and Afro-Cuban dance.. A well-experienced dancer in Toronto, Miranda has worked with both established and new choreographers, including Jasmyn Fyffe, Roshanak Jaberi, Esie Mensah, Kevin A. Ormsby, Lua Shayenne, and Adrianna Yanuziello. She performs locally, nationally, and internationally at events such as DanseEncore Festival in Trois-Rivières (2012, 2013), Folklorama in Winnipeg (2011, 2012, 2014), Pies por Sudamerica festival in Tulcan, Ecuador (2012), and Dance Migration’s Terra Brazil tour in Holland (2014). Miranda currently dances with Dance Migration, Lua Shayenne and Co., the Afro-Latino Dance Company, and The Wind In The Leaves Collective, and does free-lance dance and vocal work throughout Toronto. She recently performed in Cyclonicty & Femenino this past spring.
Patricia Estay
Patricia began dancing at age 4, and has trained extensively in ballet, jazz and modern dance. She has also studied with Chile’s national folkloric ballet, BAFONA. In 2012 Patricia graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a BFA in Dance. While at Ryerson, Patricia was introduced to Brazilian samba, and began dancing with Dance Migration. Patricia toured the Netherlands in Dance Migrations Terra Brasil. Just recently she performed works by Rosangela Silvestre and Irineu Nogueira this past spring 2015. Patricia also competes as a ballroom dancer in American Rhythm, representing Canada with her partner.
Marilyn Deguire
Marilyn began her dance training at the age of 6, having studied Jazz, Ballroom, Belly Dance and other world dance styles. In 2003, Marilyn relocated to the south of Bahia, in Brazil, where she trained and performed Afro-Brazilian Dance with the Axé Odara Dance Company. This was the beginning of her journey and discovery of Brazilian culture. After returning to Canada, Marilyn started performing Samba and brazilian dances with Animations Doumica and Chicaboom Entertainment companies in Montreal. During this period, Marilyn would travel back and forth annually to Brazil, in order to continue her studies. For the past five years, she has studied in Salvador, Bahia, under the direction of Rosangela Silvestre, Tatiana Campelo, Vania Oliveira, Zé Ricardo, Maestre King and has also trained with top masters in Samba no pé in Rio de Janeiro such as Carlinhos do Salgueiro, Joao Carlos Ramos, Patrick Carvalho and Danubia Firmo. Currently, Marilyn resides in Toronto, where she is a company member of the Dance Migration.


SAMBATHON – AUG 20th 1-4 pm at BDX