KDT Dancer Audition

On September 7, 2014 Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is looking to hire dancers for our upcoming 2014/2015 productions. Artistic Director Santee Smith is seeking versatile and highly athletic professional dancers (male and female). For more information please click here

New General Manager

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is very excited to welcome its newest team member Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation. Leslie will be joining KDT as our General Manager. Leslie is thrilled about the new position; she cannot wait to make a positive impact within the company and continue right where Cynthia left off.






Cynthia on Sabbatical

KDT’s General Manager Cynthia Lickers-Sage is going on sabbatical to accept a position at the 2015 Pan-Am Games. She will be returning to KDT in September 2015. KDT would like to wish Cynthia the best of luck as she starts this new position.

NeoIndigenA is coming to Halifax

NeoIndigenA is coming to  Halifax for their Prismatic Festival on August 23 at 4:30 PM. What as Artistic Director/Founder Santee Smith embarks on a solo journey transforming Time and Space as well as combining Indigenous Dance with Contemporary dance.  For more information please visit the Prismatic Festival website at: http://prismaticfestival.com/events/neoindigena/

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NeoIndigenA on CTV Program

NeoIndigenA on CTV Vancouver’s First Story. Click Here to watch the segment. KDT is featured around the 17 minute mark.

The Coast-Prismatic Festival Article Featuring NeoIndigenA

NeoIndigenA-“…this piece spoke to me on an elemental level. I felt amazed by the power and lyricism of Smith’s body. My mind was racing as I worked to construct a narrative from the dance.”

The Coast- Kate Watson

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GLOBE & MAIL: The Honouring

The Honouring took the audience on a heartfelt journey through war, death and grief, but always with dignified ceremony.”


“[T]he evocative musical score touched the soul with its mix of native chanting and beautiful instrumental passages…”

Paula Citron, Globe & Mail


Powwow Bootcamp The Grid Article

The Grid posted a short feature on KDT’s incredible training class, Powwow Bootcamp.

What a fun class!!!!!

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  • 06 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 07 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 08 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 20 Feb 2015,
  • TransMigration
  • Sanderson Centre, Brantford
  • 07 Mar 2015, 12:00 AM
  • TransMigration
  • Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife

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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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