KDT Dancer Audition

August 13, 2014 | Category: What's New

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

August 1, 2014 | Category: What's New

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

August 1, 2014 | Category: What's New

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

July 8, 2014 | Category: What's New

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/

2014 Summer Tour of THE HONOURING

May 13, 2014 | Category: Blog, What's New

The Honouring 2014 Summer Tour

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is excited to present the 2014 Summer Tour of The Honouring. The Honouring will be taking it’s magnificent production on the road to: Akweasane, Chiefswood Park in Six Nations, Fort York in Toronto, and Old Fort Niagara in Fort Niagara US as part of this Summer Tour.

The Honouring tells the story of the First Nations involvement in the War of 1812 from the perspective of the Onkwehonwe families.  The Honouring is an excellent production for anyone who wants to see the War of 1812 from and alternative perspective.


May 9, 2014 | Category: Blog, What's New


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s 6th Annual Summer Intensive Program

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s (KDT) 6th annual Summer Intensive program is here!

DROP-INS are available! Take part in Foundations of Contemporary Indigenous Dance with Alejandro Ronceria, Powwow Styles with Derek Martin, or KDT Style with our very own artistic director/founder Santee Smith

Go Gaga (not Lady Gaga) or learn Aztec Dance. With other renown international instructors like: Frances Rings (Australia), Iratxe Ansa (Spain), Francisco Carrera (Mexico), and  Jack Gray (New Zealand). There is something for all dancers at KDT’s annual Summer Intensive Program.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s 6th annual Summer Intensive program will take place from July 7 to August 1, 2014 at Dancemakers located in the historical Distillery District.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us at training@kahawidance.org or call our office at (416) 923-7373

NeoIndigenA- A Post-Production

May 8, 2014 | Category: Blog, What's New

NeoIndigenA’s Post-Production

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is proud to tell that the latest production, NeoIndigenA was a success. With three shows from May 1-3 at Harbourfronts Enwave theatre and a show on May 9 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, NeoIndigenA was a successful show at showing incorporating both traditional Indigeneous dance with contemporary dance. With positive reviews already pouring in, including Meagan Mooney who writes, “On her journey through the worlds Smith explored each one through detail, literally leaving no bone unturned” (Mooney on Theatre) Kaha:wi is proud  is add this show to it’s already impressive catalog of performances.

Powwow Boot Camp 2014: Summer Edition

August 12, 2013 | Category: Blog, What's New


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is pleased to present the 2014 Summer edition of Powwow Boot Camp. Led by Founder/Artistic director Santee Smith, along with fellow dancers Alex Twin and Joshua DePerry. This exciting program allows participants to learn traditional Powwow dances and Onkehonwe Social Dances as well as participate in some fun cardiovascular exercises. With dates in Fort York and Six nations, don’t miss out on your chance to exeperience this action-packed and fun activity.

KDT Performs at Gathering of Nations

April 30, 2013 | Category: Blog, What's New

We then had the incredible opportunity to perform Kaha:wi woman’s dances to over 2400 participants at the Gathering of Nations for Miss Indian World in celebration of the strength and beauty of the feminine spirit.  As we shuffled our feet, we acknowledged the sacredness of the April 25th full Moon, our Life-sustainers and Mother Earth. Congratulations to Miss Indian World Kansas Begay (Navajo Nation) and Six Nations ladies: Brittany Clause (1st Runner up/Best Dancer), Yonenyákenht Jesse Brant (2nd Runner up/Best Talent).

RAVING REVIEWS: Medicine Bear Spring Tour

April 30, 2013 | Category: Blog, What's New

Medicine Bear Spring Tour

We wrapped up our Medicine Bear Spring USA tour having had the privilege to offer live performance and represent Onkwehonwe living culture at the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC and Washington, DC.

See where Medicine Bear is going next!


I saw your production of Medicine Bear yesterday with my daughter and truly enjoyed it.  I can honestly say there were several moments when I was emotionally touched deep in my soul by its beauty, message, and expression.  I’m sure you know the feeling – it is very fulfilling.  Thank you for showing me how this is possible.  If I had to pick a favorite, I especially enjoyed the plant in terms of the interpretation of life and growth.  In certain ways it reminded me of some of the Tai Chi and Qi Ging I practice, but it was much more powerful.

- Eric Schlegel, Spring 2013

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