Champions of Change


On November 4, 2015, Six Nations Polytechnic celebrated the “Champions for Change” during their Indigenous Education Conference. It is a great honour for Artistic Director Santee Smith to be recognized as a Eihwaedei Yerihwayente:ri (Community Scholar) alongside her father Steve Smith. Six Nations Community Scholars also included: Elizabeth Doxtator, Michael Doxtator, Ga:gwihsohk Tracey Deer, Roronhiakehte Elijah Deer. Six Nations Eihwanosda:s Yerihwanonstats (Indigenous Knowledge Guardians) honoured included Betty Henry, Amos Key Jr., Elva Jamieson, Art Johnson, and Gloria Sky.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is grateful for the support we receive from friends, family, community and sponsors. It is an honour to be recognized by arts colleagues in Ontario and also by our home community of Six Nations of the Grand River. As KDT nears the end of our 10th Anniversary year, we look forward to a bright future of touring and community engagement.

Nia:wen kowa!

Artist of the Year

“Ontario Contact is pleased to be presenting Artist of the Year to one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies – Kaha:wi Dance. Under Artistic Director Santee Smith, the company has an abundance of innovative programming for presenters to consider. As a well-organized touring company it has made the life of the presenter easier. And while they stay  true to their core values and vision they keep the audience in mind as an integral part of the performance. ” – Ontario Contact

Nia:wen/thank to everyone who supports our creative work on stage and in the community. KDT would like to acknowledge the generosity of our collaborators who share their gifts and allow the company to create, produce and perform with excellence and integrity.

Pictured (left to right) Warren Garrett, Cynthia Lickers-Sage, Brian McCurdy


Check out KDT’s recent dance workshop at Flato Markham Theatre as a part of  The Honouring tour stops
View the video here –  |   Bookings at –

(KDT) offers a variety of workshops designed to ignite creativity, increase physical activity, body awareness, and confidence that promote interest in the performing arts.


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Announces 10th Anniversary Celebration Event

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Inaugural Indigenous Performance Gathering July 30-31, 2016

Join us this July for our 2 day Indigenous Performance Gathering at Six Nations!

The Six Nations community is uniting to open a space where we can share our narratives and perspectives, creating a forum to nourish Indigenous artists. We invite dance, performance, theatre artists, scholars, knowledge-keepers, and community members to join us to engage in dialogue about Indigenous performance and interdisciplinary practise.

Gathering includes: keynote speaker(s), master classes, panel topics, performative presentations that foster discussions about Indigenous creative process and teaching.
Artist in attendance include: Margo Tamez, Alejandro Ronceria, Louise Potiki-Bryant (New Zealand), Santee Smith and many more.

For more Information and to Register:
Cynthia Lickers-Sage | General Manager | 416-923-7373

The Honouring Trailer


KDT is pleased to share The Honouring Theatre Trailer. The Honouring pays homage to our Indigenous warriors, their family & community who sacrificed for sovereignty & nationhood.

Nia:wen to Andy Moro for the videography & trailer.

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Nia:wen Flato Markham Theatre

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre premiered the indoor version of The Honouring last night at the Flato Markham Theatre which concluded the tour.
KDT looks forward to presenting this production in theatres soon. Stay tuned for the theatre trailer!

Audience responses

Very moving and epic in feel even on the indoor stage. You have captured a huge melding of issues that are still contemporary and resonate today. The power of dance as a high art form has been quite a gift tonight in this epic performance – Kathleen Peer

Coming from a professional dance background, I was very impressed with the skill and emotion exhibited on the stage tonight. It was very inspiring and emotion provoking. I think we desperately need to see more dance rooted in Indigenous culture. It was so beautiful and I’m still in awe and so grateful I could see this performance. THANK YOU! – Saturn

KDT Pottery Raffle

Pottery Raffle by Talking Earth Pottery
(Valued at $400)
Proceeds to fund Indigenous students attending KDT SI 2016.

Pottery designed by Steve Smith

Cost: $5 for 1 or 3 for $10
Draw: October 18, 2015 at KDT 10th Anniversary Celebration

Out of town? Contact to purchase tickets.

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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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