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Founded by Artistic Director and Choreographer Santee Smith, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is
a dynamic Aboriginal dance company that creates, produces and presents original dance theatre works while drawing inspiration from innovative contemporary and Aboriginal dance and culture.
Santee Smith has become known as a choreographer who successfully blends elements of traditional and contemporary movement to create a new form of dance expression. KDT engages both artists and audiences on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.
Kaha:wi means 'she carries' in Mohawk. KDT’s vision is to be a dynamic force in Aboriginal
dance in Canada and a centre for creativity, innovation, artistry and Aboriginal expression that reflects, honours and celebrates the integrity of Aboriginal culture.
KDT has presented work nationally and internationally in the following venues: The Banff Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Canada Dance Festival (National Arts Centre, Ottawa), The Museum of Civilization, Hull, Q.C., Tangente (Montreal), New Dance Horizons (Regina), the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and at festivals, Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver International Dance Festival, ImagiNative media arts, JakArt, Iroquois Indian Museum, Soo Ryu, and the World Dance Alliance global assembly, etc.KDT has been featured on CBC radio and television, BravoTV, CKPC, APTN, CHTV, CityTV
and in major newspapers, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, The National, Calgary Herald, The
Washington Post, as well as in magazines, the Smithsonian Institute, The Dance Current, Say
Magazine, The NOW, and Native People’s Magazine, Dance International. KDT has been
featured on "Freedom" series with host Robert Desrosier aired on BravoTV, "The Sharing Circle"
on APTN and on "Big City, Small World" on CBC Radio One.
Operating as an artist run sole proprietorship since 2001, KDT officially incorporated as a notfor-profit organization in June 2005 and received charitable status in 2006. KDT is currently located on Six Nations reserve and the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada.