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Alumni Feature: Nicholas Ruscica

Nicholas Ruscica was 12 when he joined CCDT as a Core Apprentice, quickly moving up the ranks to dance as a full company member during his four years of high school. He took part in the Company's two most recent international tours, performing at the 2014 Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, Scotland and at the 2015 José Limón International Dance Festival at New York City's prestigious Joyce Theater. Nicholas was cast in numerous new creations by choreographers including Belinda McGuire, Hanna Kiel, Colin Connor, Sylvie Bouchard, and Deborah Lundmark, and also performed leading roles in works by Alexander Whitley, Carol Anderson, and José Limón, among others. Graduating with his Bac

Soraya Lee Wo: CCDT's Newest Ray of Sunshine

Soraya Lee Wo is a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Cawthra Park Secondary School, majoring in Dance at the school's Regional Arts Program. She joined CCDT as a full company member in fall 2019, and with a one full WinterSong production already under her belt, Soraya shares her reflections on the big shift into the world of professional contemporary dance this year, along with some of her current obsessions and inspirations, both artistic and personal. Photo by Francesca Chudnoff What influenced and/or inspired you to audition for the company? Initially, I registered to audition for the company because my friend Josh [Vilim] who is now a company apprentice was planning on auditioning. I knew

Sydney Runions: Looking Back While Moving Forward

Sydney Runions joined CCDT at age 14, and is now currently in her fourth and final year with the Company. Also a grade 12 Dance Major at Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts, Sydney aspires to have a long career as a performing artist, taking her experiences from CCDT with her in the years to come. What influenced and/or inspired you to audition for the company? My original intention was to audition for CCDT’s summer intensive, but as I learned more about the company I became intrigued about the prospect of training with them full time. Although it is now clear to me that I want to pursue a career in dance, four years ago I was just entertaining the idea. I thought that CCDT’s program might g

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