2015 - 2016 SEASON
MIRANDA LIVERPOOL is a graduate of the Ryerson Dance Program, where she worked with Karen Duplisea, Kenny Pearl, Nadia Potts, and Vicki St. Denys. She is trained in Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Latin Cabaret, Afro-Cuban, and African. Miranda has performed works by choreographers Sylvie Bouchard, Julia Sasso, Heidi Strauss, Kevin A. Ormsby, Kay-Ann Ward, Adrianna Yanuziello and Lua Shayenne. Her career has taken her from the Toronto Argonaut Dance Team, to the stages of Carnival Cruise Lines, to television commercials and stage shows. She dances with The Dance Migration, the Afro-Latino Dance Company, as well as doing free-lance vocal work throughout the city.
NATASHA PHANOR is a graduate of Ryerson University where she worked with Andrea Nann and Holly Small, and mounted several works of her own. Natasha was a member of COBA (Collective of Black Artist) for three years, led by artistic directors Bakari Lindsay and Charmaine Headley. She has also worked with Jasmyn Fyffe and Vivine Scarlett and was one of the Dynamites in Newfoundland’s Hairspray. She can be seen in TV commercials and print adds for Bell Fibe, Alesse, VISA, and the TV show Final 24. Currently, she is part of the AfroLatino Dance Company and The Dance Migration.
MELISSA NOVENTA is a multidisciplinary artist. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, she began dancing at the age of four with the Anna Marie Oliver School of Dance. In her twenty-six years of dance experience Melissa’s dossier demonstrates a wide-range of training, performing, and teaching experience, including ballet (R.A.D.), tap (C.D.T.A.), jazz(C.D.T.A.), hip hop, contemporary, West African, Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance dance forms. Since moving to Toronto in 2001, Melissa has studied and performed alongside a formidable list of distinguished artists from Canada and abroad. Her recent dance credits include: The Dance Migration, Ijo Vudu West African Dance Co., Iré Omó Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Samba Squad, Osunlade and the Yoruba Records Orchestra, Los Rumberos de Cuba (Havana Cuba), Los Muñequitos de Matanzas (Matanzas, Cuba), Ocha Reo (Cienfuegos, Cuba), Kokoyé (Santiago de Cuba), CUTUMBA (Santiago de Cuba), and Milagros Medina (Havana/Santo Domingo). She is currently the artistic director of Ilédè, Afrocuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, and also conducts weekly Cuban classes at Gotta Dance with live drumming.
Shireen Ali Shireen Ali is a devoted performer, musician, educator, and model. She has obtained a B.A. and an M.A. in Dance Studies from York University. Her thriving interest in cultural dance forms has always been an important part of her childhood because of her West Indian heritage, leading her to begin formal training in Jazz dance. Shireen is also trained in: Afro-Caribbean/Caribbean, Bollywood, Egyptian Beledi, Hip Hop, Indian folk dances, Latin dances, Samba, Southeast Asian, and West African. Introduced by choreographer Adrianna Yanuziello, Shireen has embarked on a new dance intensive opportunity in Salvador, Bahia training in Orixa Movement and Silvestre Technique. She has had the opportunity to experience many facets of the performance industry including stage concerts, music videos, television and film, award ceremonies, local and international festivals, beauty pageants, fashion shows, and special events with celebrity guests. Shireen currently performs with Nutifafa Afrikan Performance Ensemble (West African), Sanskriti Arts Ensemble (Bollywood/Indian), The Dance Migration (Afro-Brazilian/Samba), and Lua Shayenne and Company (Contemporary/West African).
WALTER MCLEAN has studied percussion, congas and bongos, traditional hand drums and fusion-drum kit with Noya in Holland, Adja Addy in Ghana and Rick Gratton in Toronto. He toured and recorded throughout Europe with Black Gospel Pearls, Oloye, Tony Hurdle Septet. He has performed at the African Guitar Summit, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Hillside Festival to name a few. Walter is a member of Creole Drummatix, Ballet Creole’s musical ensemble, and regularly performs with Donne Robert and Tikisa. He teaches percussion workshops in schools and drumkit at the “Awesome Academy of Music” in Toronto.
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