Creating A Day of Light with Hanna Kiel

CCDT is honoured this fall to have Dora Award-winning choreographer Hanna Kiel create A Day of Light, a world premiere for WinterSong 2018. Her second commission for CCDT since 2016's The Gift, Hanna spoke to us about finding inspiration in both the winter solstice theme and our company dancers, plus insight into her movement-crafting process alongside the creation of an original score composed by Greg Harrison and Frances Miller. Photo by Shy Alter CCDT: What is your take on WinterSong's winter solstice theme for this piece? HK: My take on the winter solstice theme is about how precious the daylight can seem when we have only a few hours of it. Rather than focusing on how long the darkness

Five Years of Dance with Hana Bogacz

16-year-old Hana Bogacz began training at The School of CCDT, and over the years has danced her way up to a second season as a full member of the Company. Outside of school hours as a Grade 11 student at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Hana has dedicated invaluable time and passion to CCDT, cultivating a wealth of experiences working with renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Hanna Kiel, Roderick George, and David Earle. Photo by Francesca Chudnoff What influenced and/or inspired you to audition for the Company? I started taking recreational modern classes once a week at CCDT when I was 11 years old, but it wasn't until I was 13 when the director of the [Young Apprentice Program],

Meet Nikkie Jeong

Nikkie Jeong is a 16-year-old Grade 11 Dance Major at Etobicoke School of the Arts, and a new Company Apprentice with CCDT this season. Read on for Nikkie's enthusiastic responses about her recent dance inspirations, finding a second family, and some fun facts you may have never guessed about her. What influenced and/or inspired you to audition for the company? The unity and friendship between the company members as well as the experiences CCDT offers. What was the adjustment to CCDT's schedule and studio dynamic like for you, having recently come from another studio? The adjustment in the amount of hours dancing was a huge change for me. However, my fellow company members have helped me thr

Getting To Know Melodie Yeung

Melodie Yeung is a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at St. Robert Catholic High School, now in her first year as a CCDT company member. She shared with us what it's been like to make the big shift into the world of modern and contemporary dance with us this fall, as well as what she gets up to in the (little bits of) time off between school and training. What influenced and/or inspired you to audition for the company? I knew someone who had previously joined the company, and they encouraged me to join as well knowing that I wanted to continue to learn the art of dance. Is there a particular piece in an upcoming CCDT production you are most excited to be a part of? I am most excited to be a part

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