Dance to Live

Mariana Rocha


“Patient is stable. Two millimetres to the left and the wound would have been fatal. We were able to remove the bullet…” Those were the doctor’s words to Mariana Rocha’s parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After a fun night out at a local dance, Mariana was hit by a stray bullet while driving in a car. She never thought that her view of life would change so drastically. At only 19, her yearning for freedom and safety leads her to Toronto, where – with her best foot forward and dancing sandals in hand- she felt she had finally regained her right to dance through safer streets.

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