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Now accepting video auditions!

Each year Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre invites young dancers to audition for SunDance, our annual summer
intensive, and the upcoming Company season beginning in September. CCDT dancers come from a variety of training,
cultural, and economic backgrounds but all share a passion for the expressive power and range of modern and
contemporary dance choreography that is created by leading dance artists on them and for them.


Auditioning dancers will be considered for:
SunDance Summer Intensive July 1-19, 2024 (ages 8-19)*
CCDT Company & Apprenticeship, 2024-2025 season (ages 14-18)
CCDT Accelerated Training Program, 2024-2025 season (ages 10-14)


*Participation in the SunDance Summer Intensive (July 1-19) is mandatory for dancers accepted to CCDT’s Company
and Training Programs.

Video auditions due Monday June 3, 2024

 

Note: There are NO FEES associated with participating in the audition process. 

If you are unable to attend auditions in-person on these dates, please consider submitting a video audition or contact Kathryn at schoolofccdt@ccdt.org to organize a private in-person audition.

 New at CCDT 

$3,500 scholarships in support of every Company dancer’s post-secondary education.

 

Continuing at CCDT 2024/25

  • Paid positions for Guest Artists (18-19 years) electing a CCDT post-secondary transition year

  • Paid performance weeks

  • Creation with internationally renowned artists

  • Artist Development tailored to meet the highest standards of post-secondary institutions. CCDT dancers have attended institutions such as Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, Codarts Rotterdam, London Contemporary, Toronto Metropolitan, and have stepped directly into professional companies

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Company, and keep reading for detailed commitment and audition information.

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July 1 - 19, 2024

Presented in association with the Royal Academy of Dance, SunDance is the only summer intensive in the world to combine RAD Ballet and Limón Modern.

With world-class instruction from leading dance artists from across the globe, this full-day, three week intensive provides young dancers ages 8-19 with the means to realize their artistic potential in a professional, interdisciplinary atmosphere.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre: Where aspiring young artists come to perform

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre: Where aspiring young artists come to perform

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a Toronto-based repertoire company created to provide dancers under 19 years of age with a professional performance alternative to prevailing competition, examination, and recital options. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith, CCDT strives to nurture the highest calibre of versatile dance artists through advanced-level training in Limón Modern and RAD Ballet techniques combined with extensive performance and touring opportunities of a varied modern and contemporary repertoire. WATCH THE FULL SERIES: https://vimeo.com/channels/ccdtpromoseries CELEBRATING 40 YEARS | ccdt.org | 416-924-5657 | development@ccdt.org — Video Filmed and Edited by Drew Berry Original Music by Greg Harrison, originally commissioned for CCDT’s 2014 world premiere of ‘Overtures’ choreographed by Deborah Lundmark — Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Co-Founder & Artistic Director: Deborah Lundmark Co-Founder & Managing Director: Michael deConinck Smith Associate Artistic Director: Natasha Poon Woo Featuring: Guest Artist, Modern Instructor: Sylvie Bouchard Musical Accompanist, Modern Class: Brandon Valdivia Guest Artist, Creative Process: Hanna Kiel School of CCDT Associate Director & Ballet Faculty: Carmen Cairns Rehearsal Director & Modern Faculty: Natasha Poon Woo Company Dancers, 2018-19 Season: Hana Bogacz, Chloë Corcoran, Alexander Faraday, Claire Finlayson, Paris Forbes, Lola Rose Jenkins, Nikkie Jeong, Jeffrey Lapira, Kaiya Lee, Makenna Martinez, Brianna Morris, Jaedyn Richards, Uma Roberts, Sydney Runions, Daniel Santokie, Mollye Stewart, Daryn Wells, Melodie Yeung — Featuring repertoire in rehearsal and performance from CCDT’s ‘Light Years’ program: Alien Grace Choreography by Deborah Lundmark BYTIYE Choreography by Jennifer Archibald Lacrimosa Choreography by Nicole Caruana Less (excerpt) Choreography and Costumes by Ryan Lee RESET Choreography and Costume Design by Roderick George For all works: Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan Costume Designers & Producers: Krista Dowson and Angel Wong Stage Manager: Tara Mohan Performed at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), May 2019
CCDT In the Studio: Training

CCDT In the Studio: Training

A peek into the tried-and-true, decades-long training philosophies, methodologies, and techniques that shape CCDT’s skilled and versatile dance artists. WATCH THE FULL SERIES: https://vimeo.com/channels/ccdtpromoseries Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a Toronto-based repertoire company created to provide dancers under 19 years of age with a professional performance alternative to prevailing competition, examination, and recital options. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith, CCDT strives to nurture the highest calibre of versatile dance artists through advanced-level training in Limón Modern and RAD Ballet techniques combined with extensive performance and touring opportunities of a varied modern and contemporary repertoire. CELEBRATING 40 YEARS | ccdt.org | 416-924-5657 | development@ccdt.org — Video Filmed and Edited by Drew Berry Filmed at CCDT’s 509 Dance studios and Fleck Dance Theatre (Toronto) — Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Co-Founder & Artistic Director: Deborah Lundmark Co-Founder & Managing Director: Michael deConinck Smith Associate Artistic Director: Natasha Poon Woo Featuring: Rehearsal Director & Modern Faculty: Natasha Poon Woo School of CCDT Associate Director & Ballet Faculty: Carmen Cairns Conditioning Instructor: Andrea Downie Guest Artist, Modern Instructor: Sylvie Bouchard Guest Artist, Creative Process: Hanna Kiel Musical Accompanist, Ballet Class: Marcel Hoff Musical Accompanist, Limón Modern Class: Jay Sussman Musical Accompanist, Guest Modern Class: Brandon Valdivia Company Dancers, 2018-19 Season: Hana Bogacz, Chloë Corcoran, Alexander Faraday, Claire Finlayson, Paris Forbes, Lola Rose Jenkins, Nikkie Jeong, Jeffrey Lapira, Kaiya Lee, Makenna Martinez, Brianna Morris, Jaedyn Richards, Uma Roberts, Sydney Runions, Daniel Santokie, Mollye Stewart, Daryn Wells, Melodie Yeung Featured repertoire rehearsals: ‘Alien Grace’, choreography by Deborah Lundmark ‘BYTIYE’, choreography by Jennifer Archibald Modern Class with Natasha Poon Woo is based upon principles of the José Limón technique, including elements of Limón repertoire, taught through a syllabus passed down through the lineage of Daniel Lewis and Donna Krasnow. — Music Credit: LAKEY INSPIRED Track Name: "Find A Way" Music By: LAKEY INSPIRED @ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired Original upload HERE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNJjF... Official "LAKEY INSPIRED" YouTube Channel HERE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOmy... License for commercial use: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported "Share Alike" (CC BY-SA 3.0) License. Full License HERE - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... Music promoted by NCM https://goo.gl/fh3rEJ
CCDT In the Studio: Creation

CCDT In the Studio: Creation

CCDT’s Artistic Directors and some of the Company Dancers share their perspectives on the value of creating new works in a repertoire company. WATCH THE FULL SERIES: https://vimeo.com/channels/ccdtpromoseries Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a Toronto-based repertoire company created to provide dancers under 19 years of age with a professional performance alternative to prevailing competition, examination, and recital options. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith, CCDT strives to nurture the highest calibre of versatile dance artists through advanced-level training in Limón Modern and RAD Ballet techniques combined with extensive performance and touring opportunities of a varied modern and contemporary repertoire. CELEBRATING 40 YEARS | ccdt.org | 416-924-5657 | development@ccdt.org — Video Filmed and Edited by Drew Berry in collaboration with Natasha Poon Woo Original Music by Dr. Draw, commissioned for CCDT’s 2019 remount of ‘Alien Grace’ choreographed by Deborah Lundmark — Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Co-Founder & Artistic Director: Deborah Lundmark Co-Founder & Managing Director: Michael deConinck Smith Associate Artistic Director: Natasha Poon Woo Featured Company Dancers and Apprentices, 2018-19 and 2019-20 Seasons: Hana Bogacz, Tallis Coleman, Chloë Corcoran, Alexander Faraday, Claire Finlayson, Paris Forbes, Lola Rose Jenkins, Nikkie Jeong, Jeffrey Lapira, Kaiya Lee, Emma O’Brien, Marie-Elena LeBlanc Bellissimo, Soraya Lee Wo, Makenna Martinez, Isabella Neuspiel, Jaedyn Richards, Uma Roberts, Sydney Runions, Daniel Santokie, Joshua Vilim, Daryn Wells, Melodie Yeung Featuring Choreography by: Carol Anderson, Jennifer Archibald, Nicole Caruana, Roderick George, Hanna Kiel, Ryan Lee, Deborah Lundmark, Colleen Snell, Jera Wolfe All stage works from CCDT’s ‘Light Years’ (May 2019) and ‘WinterSong’ (Dec 2019) productions Resident Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan Resident Costume Designers: Krista Dowson, Katharine Mallinson, Angel Wong Production Stage Manager: Tara Mohan Performed at Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON
CCDT On Stage

CCDT On Stage

A look behind the curtain at CCDT's annual season of professionally-produced mixed repertoire performances, at Toronto's Fleck Dance Theatre and beyond. WATCH THE FULL SERIES: https://vimeo.com/channels/ccdtpromoseries Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a Toronto-based repertoire company created to provide dancers under 19 years of age with a professional performance alternative to prevailing competition, examination, and recital options. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith, CCDT strives to nurture the highest calibre of versatile dance artists through advanced-level training in Limón Modern and RAD Ballet techniques combined with extensive performance and touring opportunities of a varied modern and contemporary repertoire. CELEBRATING 40 YEARS | ccdt.org | 416-924-5657 | development@ccdt.org — Video Filmed and Edited by Drew Berry in collaboration with Natasha Poon Woo Additional footage filmed by Eddie Kastrau Music by Dr. Draw, 'Lunae Planum' — Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Co-Founder & Artistic Director: Deborah Lundmark Co-Founder & Managing Director: Michael deConinck Smith Associate Artistic Director: Natasha Poon Woo Featured Company Dancers and Apprentices, 2015-2020 Seasons: Alice Berman, Hana Bogacz, Nicolette Coppola, Chloë Corcoran, Chloe Creeggan, Alexander Faraday, Claire Finlayson, Paris Forbes, Hope Gumahad, Essence Haigh-Blackman, Stephanie Harkness, Lola Rose Jenkins, Nikkie Jeong, Sierra Kellman, Jeffrey Lapira, Marie-Elena LeBlanc Bellissimo, Kaiya Lee, Soraya Lee Wo, Bryony McCaughey, Warren Macdonald, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Makenna Martinez, Dana Martin-Wylie, Brianna Morris, Isabella Neuspiel, Emma O’Brien, Rashidah Quaye, Brianna Rennie, Jaedyn Richards, Gabrielle Ritchie, Uma Roberts, Sydney Runions, Nicholas Ruscica, Frances Samson, Daniel Santokie, Hannah Shikatani, Mollye Stewart, Hannah Szeptycki, Eva Teece-Soter, Naomi Tyson, Joshua Vilim, Daryn Wells, Melodie Yeung Featuring choreography by: Carol Anderson, Jennifer Archibald, Sylvie Bouchard, Nicole Caruana, Colin Connor, Roderick George, Hanna Kiel, José Limón, Deborah Lundmark, Alyssa Martin, Santee Smith, Apolonia Velasquez, Alexander Whitley, Jera Wolfe All stage works from CCDT’s 'Precipice' (2016), 'Teasing Gravity' (2017), 'Alien Grace' (2018), 'Light Years' (2019) and 'WinterSong' (2019) productions Resident Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan Costume Designers: Krista Dowson, Katharine Mallinson, Cheryl Lalonde, Leah Piehl, Elaine Redding, Angel Wong 2016/17 Production Stage Manager: Kalina Janik 2018/19 Production Stage Manager: Tara Mohan Performed at Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto, ON

2024 AUDITIONS: Ages 8-19

Auditioning dancers will be considered for:

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ACCELERATED TRAINING PROGRAM | Ages 10-14

 

Pre-professional training and performance in ballet and modern dance for young aspiring artists. Learn More

 

Audition Date:

Ages 8-10*         Sunday February 25th    10:00am – 11:30am

Ages 11-13       Sunday February 25th    12:00pm – 2:00pm

Read more about our apprentice programs here.

*Please note that this audition covers eligibility for both SunDance and the ATP.

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SUNDANCE SUMMER INTENSIVE | Ages 8-19

July 1-19, 2024

Auditions:

Ages 8-10         Sunday February 25th    10:00am – 11:30am

Ages 11-13       Sunday February 25th    12:00pm – 2:00pm

Ages 14-19       Sunday March 3rd         10:00am – 1:30pm

Final Video Submission Deadline:

Monday June 3, 2024

Read more about SunDance here.

 

PREREQUISITES - All Audition Candidates

Due to the intensive nature of these programs, audition applicants are expected to have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance techniques.

Ages 8-10: Minimum of 1 year of experience

Ages 11-13: Minimum of 2 years of experience

Ages 14-19: Minimum of 3 years of experience

Reg. Info
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2024 VIDEO AUDITION REGISTRATION

Audition Forms

SunDance Summer Intensive July 1-19, 2024 (ages 8-19)

CCDT Company & Apprenticeship, 2024-2025 season (ages 14-18)

CCDT Accelerated Training Program, 2023-2024 season (ages 10-14)

NOTE: Ages listed are a guideline only for the audition process. The dancer's skill level, ability, and experience are considered alongside age to determine program placement at the time of audition.

ALL VIDEO AUDITION APPLICANTS:

Please download and read all documents below to begin your Registration process. The completed Registration Form, and completed video audition must be submitted to schoolofccdt@ccdt.org by the deadline.

Video Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024

We look forward to seeing you dance!

CALLBACKS

Candidates auditioning for the Company and Apprentice Programs may be asked to attend a callback. Dates and times of the callbacks are as follows:

  • Monday February 26th 4:45-6:15pm (Accelerated Training Program Callback)

  • Sunday March 3rd 10:00am-1:30pm (age 14-19 Audition, if a younger dancer is being considered for Company or Company Apprenticeship)

  • Monday March 4th 4:45pm-8:00pm (Company Callback)

Additonal Information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Company & Apprenticeship with CCDT

Additional Information

Full Company membership brings many benefits, at no cost, including:

  • professionally produced performances each season

  • creation and rehearsal with internationally recognized choreographers

  • two weekly Company Modern/Contemporary technique classes with Company Directors and renowned guest teachers (supplementing weekly ballet and modern technique classes at the School of CCDT)

  • one weekly Company Conditioning Class for strength, flexibility, alignment, injury prevention, and mental health support

  • unmatched preparation for entry to performing arts programs, conservatories, and dance careers

  • paid performance weeks

  • a $3,500 scholarship in support of post-secondary education

  • invaluable networking connections with established international artists and making life-long friends

*Dancers offered Company or Accelerated Training Program contracts receive automatic acceptance to SunDance.

Company members commit to an 11-month season. In July, new and returning dancers attend CCDT's three-week international SunDance summer intensive* in preparation for the upcoming season. From September through June the dancers take 7-8 dance classes per week*, rehearse repertoire, create new works with commissioned choreographers (approx. 20-25 weekly hours in studio), and perform extensively in three annual productions. Company dancers are also expected to participate in fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Auditioning dancers between the ages of 8 and 13 may be considered for the Accelerated Training Program. This pre-professional program provides an opportunity for gifted young dancers to enhance their artistry with others who share their love for dance. Many CCDT dancers begin as ATP members, progressing through their training and artistic development to eventually join the Company as full members.

*While CCDT strives to offer as many free training opportunities as possible, our members' School of CCDT technique classes (excluding two weekly company classes and one weekly conditioning class) and SunDance registration are at the dancer's own expense. Exceptional dancers in need of financial assistance may be eligible for SCCDT scholarship.

†Skill level, ability, and experience are considered alongside age to determine program placement at the time of audition. Dancers ages 11-13 who demonstrate advanced-level ability may be considered for full Company Apprenticeship.

For more information and questions about our auditions please contact schoolofccdt@ccdt.org.

For detailed information about the SunDance summer dance intensive please visit theschoolofccdt.ca/sundance.

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