March Break Performance Camp (MBPC) is a week-long community-based training program for youth 9-14,  designed to be a dynamic and engaging entry point for youth – particularly Aboriginal youth – who express interest in pursuing dance and/or the performing arts as a career.

Led by KDT Artistic Director Santee Smith and a stellar lineup of instructors, participants learn a variety of dance styles, including Contemporary, Powwow Styles, Urban/Hip-Hop and Drama. Instructors vary, depending on the location, community partners, and vision for the Camp for a given year.

The objective of MBPC is to familiarize participants with Western-based and Indigenous (traditional) dance styles, which are the foundation of Santee Smith’s unique choreographic style, and to foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants through dance.

As a cultural residency training program, MBPC is intended to move around and service different communities each year, particularly those in proximity of First Nations communities. We build relationships with different community partners to deliver the Camp, maximizing our impact and reach within the community. For example, MBPC 2013 was delivered in partnership with Brock University, Centre for the Arts, Ballet Etc…, SOADI (Southern Ontario Diabetes Initiative), Niagara Catholic District School Board, and the Niagara District School Board; and MBPC 2012 was delivered in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre and Six Nations of the Grand River.

 In 2015, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s March Break Performance Camp will take place at the following dates and locations:

March 16-20 – 8:30 AM-5:00 PM – Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT)  – Price: $10 per day or $50 for the full week.

March 24-27 – 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain Time) – Vernon, British Columbia – Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

If you’re interested in learning more about the program or registering your child for the upcoming MBPC, please contact:


“It is my hope that the Camp will ignite passion for live arts and through the rigours of training, youth may come to know that their body, voice and imagination matters – that they may come to understand their innate creativity as it applies to performing arts and their life.”

- Santee Smith, Artistic Director

“What an amazing way to blend culture and dance!  It was so heartwarming to see youth of all cultures sharing in First Nations culture through their shared love of dance!  This is the type of opportunity that shapes a young person – a positive experience of a culture that is often misrepresented in the media – is priceless for both native and non-native participants alike.”

- Janet Zanutto, parent of participant


*MBPC takes place during the Province of Ontario’s Elementary and High School March Break. If scheduled to take place in another province, the program would adhere to that province’s March Break.

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