Tkaronto Bounce highlighted on CBC News

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre ‪‎was featured on CBC News “Our Toronto” May 10, 2015. CBC News highlighted our ‪PANAMANIA commission, Tkaronto Bounce.

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Baron Magazine catches up with Santee Smith at Ontario Scene

(French version) Baron Magazine discusses Santee’s involvement with DECLARATION, Article 11,  Powwow Boot Camp and Ontario Scene –


Congratulations Thée Winddancer

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre would like to congratulate Thée Winddancer, as she was awarded the René Highway Scholarship to attend the School of CCDT after completion of this year’s March Break Performance Camp final showcase. The scholarship was established by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre to acknowledge the legacy of Cree dance visionary René Highway and his desire to nurture Indigenous youth’s passion for dance. Beginning in September, Thée will begin to train with the School of CCDT for as long as she chooses to pursue dance.

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Deborah Lundmark (Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer), Thée Winddancer and Michael de Coninck Smith (Co-Founder, Managing Director and Tour Manager)

2015 March Break Performance Camp

The 2015 March Break Performance Camp will be taking place March 16-20 at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) from 8:30am-5:00pm. Click here for the registration package

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KDT makes waves at Panamania Media Launch

KDT performed Tkaronto Bounce‬ as a part of the PANAMANIA Media Launch May 6, 2015 at the Berkley Street Theatre.

Tkaronto Bounce takes inspiration from the significance of Onkwehon:we game of Lacrosse as a celebration of life, unification of body, mind and spirit to uplift and strengthen individuals and communities, KDT presents 5 short sport/dance fusions in a work called Tkaronto Bounce –

Below are photos from Metro News (Toronto) and the Toronto Star


Cultural Activist Gives Voice to First Nations Experience

Canada 17/150: Santee Smith

By Suzanne Methot

Since founding Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in 2005, Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith’s company has grown into a major artistic force in Canada and internationally. The company has produced over 20 major dance works in the last decade, and Santee has also been active as an independent choreographer, creating works for film and television, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (now known as the Indspire Awards), broadcast annually on Global TV and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

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TransMigration Preview in the Vancouver Sun

                                                                                                                                        Click here to see a special preview of TransMigration in the Vancouver Sun.

Santee Smith Interview on CiTR Radio

                                                                                                                                                           Santee Smith had a great interview on CiTR radio – Click here to listen to the interview (go to the 13:00 minute mark to hear Santee)


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Are you ready for a challenge?

KDT SUMMER INTENSIVE (SI) is a month-long training program that offers contemporary technique, world Indigenous dance forms, alternative physical training systems, and artistic dialogue for investigating new dance performance.

Registration now open! –

Tkaronto Bounce to be Showcased in Season Media Launch


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be performing the kayak section from Tkaronto Bounce as part of Flato Markham Theatre’s 15/16 Season Launch Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7PM

Join us –

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies. Exploring the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance it is internationally renowned for artistry, creative excellence and collaboration. KDT’s embodiment of spirituality within traditional culture and innovative storytelling is conveyed through cinematic imagery and virtuosic performance that electrifies audiences on the world stage.

Founded by Onkwehonwe Artistic Director and Choreographer Santee Smith (Kahnyen’kehàka – Mohawk Nation). Innovative, transformative and culturally power-packed performances distinguish Santee as one of Canada’s most exciting choreographers.

Kaha:wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means “to carry” in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family. KDT carries culture through dance, theatre, music and design.


“…[H]er highly charged, traditional/contemporary/ballet fusion eats up the stage…” Globe and Mail


“Smith is a choreographer to watch out for…”  Vancouver Sun, 2009


“Her choreography is bold, earthy, sensual and exciting…FFWD, 2005

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