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Deborah Lundmark, Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, has created more than 40 works for her company. These include collaborations with the Danny Grossman Dance Company, the Toronto Children's Chorus and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and blues artists Thompson Egbo Egbo and Jerome Godboo. From her Street Songs (1980) to Dancing Day (1989), Precipice (2010) and Entre-temps (2013), Ms. Lundmark has impressed audiences and critics alike with the power, precision and artistry of her unique company. She has commissioned over one hundred works from a who’s who of Canadian choreographers including David Earle, Carol Anderson, Tedd Robinson, Santee Smith and Ofilio Sinbadinho and from abroad, Colin Connor, Sidra Bell, Kevin Wynn (USA) and Alexander Whitley (UK). Her company has won Toronto Arts Foundation’s prestigious Arts for Youth Award and has been critically acclaimed as a national treasure numbered among the ranks of Toronto’s top dance companies by The Globe and Mail. Her dancers have gone on to perform with many of the world’s leading companies including the Limón Dance Company whose 70th anniversary CCDT will help celebrate with New York performances of José Limón’s The Winged.

Michael de Coninck Smith, Co-Founder, Managing Director and Tour Manager has directed the staging of over three hundred CCDT productions including six appearances at the Canada Dance Festival. In 1988 he conceived and produced CCDT’s acclaimed collaboration with the Toronto Boys Choir and the Hanson Singers, the original WINTERSONG–dances for a sacred season, now a three-decade-old tradition. In 1990, Michael led CCDT’s first international tour to the People’s Republic of China, and the following year the premiere of SONGS of INNOCENCE and of EXPERIENCE, featuring commissions by ten leading choreographers, realized one of his long-cherished dreams. From 1997 to 2000 he planned CCDT’s extensive tours of Northern Ontario, and in 2002 led the company’s return to Southeast Asia with performances in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. In 1994, Michael oversaw the purchase and renovation of CCDT’s 509 DANCE studios, now an intergenerational crossroads for Canadian dance. For fifteen years Michael has led his company’s Ontario Community Residencies Program introducing more than 300,000 young people to contemporary dance in theatres throughout Ontario. Most recently, he produced CCDT’s Scotland tour to the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival and is planning the company’s inaugural appearances at the storied Joyce Theatre in New York City as part of the José Limón Company’s International Dance Festival in celebration of their 70th Anniversary.

Meredith Thompson
Young Apprentice Director  
Meredith is a native of Huntsville, Ontario who now works as an independent dance artist based in Toronto.  Following graduation from York University's Department of Fine Arts (2000), she began working with the Danny Grossman Dance Company where she has since enjoyed performing in a number of Mr. Grossman's signature works, as well as that of David Earle, the Clichettes, and American dance pioneers Anna Sokolow and Paul Taylor.  Meredith continues to work with Danny Grossman Dance as a teacher, rehearsal director and performer of the Grossman Collection.  Recently Meredith toured to Mexico with Santee Smith's Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and she has been touring with Dusk Dances for four consecutive summers. Meredith has also had the great pleasure of working with Dancetheatre David Earle on many occasions, dancing in both new works and the revival of some of Mr. Earle's classics, as well as with a number of other notable choreographers and artists including Trish Beatty, Sylvie Bouchard, Yvonne Ng, Lydia Wagerer and more.  Her own work has been presented as part of Dusk Dances, the Edge of the Woods Theatre Festival, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, and Up Darling.  Fond of teaching and young people, Meredith has also worked extensively as a teaching artist with the Toronto District School Board and is currently on faculty at George Brown Dance, as well as Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.  She is currently the CCDT Young Apprentice Program Director.

Nicole Nigro
Core Apprentice Director
Nicole is an independent contemporary dance artist. She is a performer, teacher and emerging choreographer. She began her dance training in Edmonton, Alberta and has since graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and obtained an Honours BFA in Dance from York University. She has had the privilege of dancing as a guest artist with The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre David Earle, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and various independent choreographers. Nicole is currently on faculty at Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, The Living Arts Centre and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She believes dance is a dynamic communicative force through which we can develop understanding and connection with our fellow human beings. Thus her teaching is not only geared towards the development of dance artists, but also the development of human beings, and she continually strives to bring generosity, kindness, skill, and joy into the classroom.