Kaha:wi Dance holding two March Break dance camps next week.

If you have a youth in your family who love to be centre stage and are looking for something to do over March Break, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is holding two March Break Performance Camps in Toronto. The best news is, it’s only $10 to register!MBPC 2014 Poster, new draft copy

This year the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will hold a week long performance camp for youth aged 9-14. This is the third year the March Break Performance Camp will be held, this time hosted in Toronto in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre. Classes will be held at The Citadel on Parliament Street all week long from 9am-4pm.

For youth 16 and over there will be a two-day intensive Pow Wow boot camp March 15 &16 led by James Jones, a hoop dancer/B-Boy and Smith. Students will learn movement surrounding Pow Wow and Ongwehowe social dances. This workshop is filling up fast so if you are interested get in touch with KDT fast, registration is only $10 as well for the weekend.

All classes will be held at The Citadel on Parliament Street all week long from 9am-4pm.

Santee Smith, Artistic Director for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre said, “The camp is programmed to offer youth interested in pursuing the performing arts as a career exposure and experience to different types of dance forms including theatre/drama. We are set up like a conservatory style performing arts school which means that participants are active throughout the entire day with a variety of classes that build in physical intensity. For example; from morning warm-up to vigorous training in the afternoon. This year classes include: Warm-up, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Powwow Styles, Drama and Urban Dance Styles. As the Artistic Director it’s my hope that students will be inspired to continue pursuing performance in their lives and that they have a wonderful experience expressing and growing as human beings as well.”

The line-up of instructors for this year’s camp sounds like a who’s who of aboriginal entertainment. All are all working professionals who tour nationally and internationally in their form. Instructors include Santee Smith of Kaha:wi, James Jones who is the hoop dancer for A Tribe Called Red and well known indigenous actor Herbie Barnes.

Smith says, “These instructors bring a wealth of first hand experience and understanding of their art form and happen to be generous and uplifting teachers. Students will be in good hands.”

The March Break Performance Camp will run from Monday March 10 to Friday March 14, 8:30am – 4:00pm daily. On Friday from 3:30-4:00pm, there will be a participant showcase in which the youth will get to perform a bit of what they learned during the week for parents, guardians and friends. Healthy snacks will be generously provided by Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI) and Miziwe Biik Employment and Training.

For more information contact: training@kahawidance.org or 416-923-7373.Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 1.10.29 PM


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