Diving deep beneath the surface, Dance Migration pushes the boundaries of Brazilian samba.


Choreographed and produced by artistic director Adrianna Yanuziello, Gaia is a story about the female experience told through the bodies of five powerful dancers.


Inspired by the sacred dances and songs of Yuruba culture and the essence of Brazilian samba comes forth a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. It's the story about breaking the person we're told we're supposed to be and finding the courage to stand in who we are.


The show features a musical score by a cast of brilliant musicians with arrangements by Brazilian artist Alysson Bruno, Fabio Leandro, and Lucas Cirilo. Featuring Juno-nominated vocalist and drummer Aline Morales and Juno-nominated bassist Rich Brown.

90 Minutes

Thursday June 14th at 7:30pm and Friday June 15th at 7:30pm



Founder and artistic director of Dance Migration, teaches, choreographs, and promotes Brazilian culture in Toronto and abroad. Her training began at a very young age in classical dance, to jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. Adrianna completed the 4 year program at Ryerson University where she received her BFA in dance. In 2006 she began her travels to Brazil where she trained with Masters of Brazilian dance. Some of her teachers include Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Mestre King, Nem Brito, Ze Ricardo, Irineu Nogueira, 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 the production Terra Brasil in 26 cities in the Netherlands. She has choreographed for the upcoming feature film The Dance Migration: Documentary Dance Film, which was filmed in Salvador, Brazil. This past September 2016, Gaia was debuted in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Adrianna is delighted to be presenting it again for the Parados festival!

Adrianna Yanuziello

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.

Patricia Estay

Miranda began dancing with The Dance Migration in its first season in 2007, and has performed in numerous local, national and international shows with the company including Folklorama in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2011,2012, 2014), Pies por Sudamerica Festival in Tulcan, Ecuador (2012) and the Dance Migration Terra Brazil Tour in The Netherlands (2014). In January 2015, she had the immense pleasure of filming in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, as part of the Dance Migration Documentary Dance Film. Miranda also works with the Afro-Latino Dance Company, Lua Shayenne and Co., and The Wind In The Leaves Collective, as well as doing free-lance dance and vocal work throughout the city.

Miranda Liverpool

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

Marilyn Deguire

Ashley Blanchard received her early dance training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern and tap with Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Onstage Dance Center. She continued her dance education at Cal State, East Bay and performed with the Dance Ensemble Touring Company with Nina Haft. Since, she has gone on to complete the commercial dance certificate program at International Dance Academy/Hollywood, training and performing with choreographers Matt Steffanina, Justine Menter, Achinta McDaniel/ Blue 13 Dance company, and Anthony W. Johnson/Ballet Magique. In 2015 Ashley broadened her dance interests to include the dances of the African Diaspora, studying various West African styles, Samba, and Afro-Brazilian with Luiz Badaró and Vera Passos of Viver Brasil. Currently she is performing with Le Ballet Dembaya, Ballet Magique, Ballet Folklorico do Brasil, Viver Brasil, and Dance Migration.

Ashley Blanchard