Come Check Out KDT’s Powwow Bootcamp

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For National Aboriginal History Month fitness enthusiasts gathered to participate in KDT’s Powwow Bootcamp! Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s (KDT) high-energy Powwow/dance training class a fun boot camp style workout for people interested in maximizing their physical fitness led by Artistic Director Santee Smith and select KDT instructors.

 KDT’s Powwow Boot Camp allows participants to learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkwehon:we (Iroquois) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and challenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises and contemporary dance.







Marcos Martins joins KDT SI as an instructor

KDT will be welcoming back the incredible Marcos Martins to this years Summer Intensive to teach Capoeira.

Marcos classes consists of all 4 elements of Capoeira – martial art, dance, acrobatics and music. Regardless of your fitness level, you will experience a class that is not only fun but challenging. During a workshop, focus is more on the basics kicks, escapes, and acrobatics of Capoeira. The workshop is done to traditional Capoeira music, to encourage movement and rhythm. Get ready for some serious fun!

Check out the exciting line up of classes on our website –

Rulan Tangen welcomes dancers and movers to join the circle for a rigorous contemporary dance class!

Rulan’s class is rooted in Indigenous imagery, together we will activate the body’s potential for accessing memory, instinct, intuition, imagination, awareness, feeling and relationship with spirit and the world around. Sessions will culminate in phrases drawn from decades of exploration of an evolving language of Indigenous contemporary dance.

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Exciting addition to KDT SI Creation Lab – Jorge Luis Morejón

KDT is thrilled to welcome Jorge Luis Morejon as a guest facilitator at this year’s CREATION LAB – “Harvesting” as a part of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Summer Intensive 2015. A bearer of embodied Taino consciousness, Jorge has experimented with artistic genres as diverse as theatre, opera, dance and performance and carries a wealth of knowledge particularly from Indigenous Caribbean.

This Creation Lab will make the students acquainted with the culture of Indigenous guajiro populations in rural areas and cities.

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Andrea Nann joins the exciting line up of KDT SI

Joining KDT SI this year is Andrea Nann, a Toronto-based contemporary dance artist and the artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company.

We are looking forward to her class Gyrokinesis®. Her work investigates contemporary approaches to creation and explores the translation of experiences through collaboration with artists and producers from all artistic disciplines.

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KDT SI is delighted to welcome Laura Grizzlypaws

KDT is excited to have Laura Grizzlypaws teaching St’át’imc and Cultural Dance as part of this years KDT SI.

The dance workshop will support participants for the exploration of various dance movements and creativity through cultural traditions. Grizzlypaws will fully present over a dozen dance movement styles by facilitating group exercises which also inspired intellectual understanding and individual creativity of cultural dance. The props will include scarves, masks, ribbons and shawls.

Laura in action –

KDT is proud to have Goombine as an instructor for KDT SI

Goombine joins us from the Southeast Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

In Goombine’s Master Class, he will share the traditional Aboriginal dances of the South Coast of Australia. It’s all about storytelling through song and dance. You will learn the dances about the Kangaroo, Eagle & Sting Ray, Black Cockatoo, Mosquito, Snakes, also dances about strengthening communities and honouring the four directions.

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Frances Rings returns to this years KDT SI

KDT is excited for the return of Frances Rings at this year’s Summer Intensive.

Adelaide-born Frances is a descendant of the Kokatha Tribe and is also of German descent. This year her class will focus on choreographic process & remounting one of her choreographic works for presentation – Planet IndigenUS at Harbourfront Centre. Participants in KDT SI Week 1 (August 3-7) will have the chance to collaborate with Frances & perform in her work

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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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