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The choreographer and artistic director of Kaha:wi (ga-HAH-wee) Dance Theatre, Santee Smith, always had dance within her.


As she told me, “Dance was something innate, natural. I started dancing when I was two or three.” Smith’s connection with music and movement allowed her to unleash her inner dancer. Smith said that, “That love of dance and movement to music started before I can even remember.”


Medicine Bear


spectacle inspired by traditional Iroquois stories about the gift and knowledge of natural medicine.


Medicine Bear is steeped in traditional dance, song and storytelling and shares virtues of compassion, respect, caring, healing and generosity.


Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 @ 2:30 p.m. David S. Howes Theatre


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Created specifically for young audiences, Don’t miss the world premiere of this new


The spirit of dance has continued to flow through Smith and is channelled into Kaha:wi. With this talented company, Smith creates dynamic, engaging, and down-to-earth pieces of choreography based in indigenous culture and knowledge.


On Feb. 9, 2012, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will present the world premiere performance of Medicine Bear at the Centre for the Arts. This is a family-oriented piece which connects with values and virtues that seem easy to understand, but are very difficult to practise in reality.


Santee Smith loves to dance because of its physicality, but she also discovered the joy of creation. In her own heritage, she found “the creative impulse to produce new work.”


One of her immediate choreographic and creative wellsprings was expressing the “stories and narratives that incorporate my cultural background.”


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