Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is a modern dance repertory company of dancers under 20 years of age. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith to present gifted young artists in professional productions, the Company has staged more than one-thousand performances from Barrie to Beijing and has been hailed by Toronto’s Globe and Mail as “a national treasure”. CCDT members experience the life of professional dancers, including weekly classes in ballet and modern, extensive repertoire training and work with celebrated Canadian choreographers in the creation of original dance works. CCDT performs locally and abroad to critical and popular acclaim.
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre produces two distinct programs. URBAN ALCHEMY - a contempoarry street dance fusion and WINTERSONG - dances for a sacred season, feature repertoire created by more than thirty-five North American choreographers. Individual performances are tailored to CCDT's broad diversity of audiences, from pre-school to adult, and include showcases for long-time lovers of dance at such events as the Canada Dance Festival and the Dancers for Life gala benefits.
The Company's eleven month season consists of 40 to 50 performances divided equally between local stages and touring and often accompanied by movement workshops, master classes and lecture-demonstrations. CCDT has appeared at many of Canada's international youth festivals including eight engagements with Harbourfront Centre's MILK International Children's Festival in Toronto where it received a major 20th Anniversary commission for 2001. For nearly two decades the Company's home seasons have been produced in December and in May at Toronto's historic Winchester Street Theatre and at Canada's leading showcase for modern dance, the Premiere Dance Theatre. CCDT now takes part in Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps Series 2012-2013 at the Fleck Dance Theatre, one of Canada's leading dance venues.
CCDT has evolved a movement style entirely its own - contemporary, articulate and natural to its youthful character. Its technique base originates from that of José Limón and was introduced to the company in 1988 by Canada's leading Limón devotee, Donna Krasnow. CCDT now enjoys regular visits by members of the Limón Dance Company, notably during its SunDance summer school. Company members complement their modern dance study with Royal Academy of Dance ballet, improvisational dance and dance composition. The resulting technical virtuosity has delighted the Company's guest choreographers and formed a model for core training programs in the resident School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
CCDT also offers two apprentice training programs for dancers aged 8-13:
In 1995, CCDT purchased and renovated its own studios at 509 Parliament Street in Toronto's picturesque Old Cabbagetown district. Shared with long-time partners, the Danny Grossman Dance Company and many hundreds of visiting dancers, actors and musicians, 509 Dance thrives as a crossroads for the performing arts in Canada.