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“Belinda McGuire has come full circle – from being a CCDT dancer to creating a new work for the company. I’m thrilled that her new work will be part of the Wintersong tradition. The youth dancers in CCDT continue to show precision and power in all of their works. They may be young but the skill they exude is mature and measured.”
— Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate – Dance
A 27-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences. WinterSong is a contemporary dance program featuring works by five acclaimed choreographers, celebrating seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich winter solstice traditions. Highlights include a premiere by dance sensation, Belinda McGuire and To Repel the Demons, a gospel-driven tempest by New York’s acclaimed Kevin Wynn.
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is a repertory company founded by artistic director Deborah Lundmark and managing director Michael deConinck Smith in 1980.
CCDT features Canada’s most diverse repertoires including works by such dance luminaries as David Earle, Carol Anderson and Danny Grossman. Presentation highlights include appearances at Toronto’s Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres for the Creative Trust and Dancers for Life Galas, tours to Singapore, Malaysia, China and Scotland, and five invitations to the Canada Dance Festival. One of Canada’s leading touring companies, CCDT has introduced 200,000 young people to dance through its Ontario Arts Access program and was selected by Toronto Arts Foundation as winner of its prestigious Arts for Youth Award.
Deborah Lundmark, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of CCDT, has created more than 50 works for her company including collaborations with Danny Grossman Dance Company, Toronto Children’s Chorus and international blues and jazz artists Jerome Godboo and Thompson Egbo-Egbo. From Street Songs (1981) to Dancing Day (1989), Platform Blues (2004) and Entre-temps (2013), Deborah has impressed audiences and critics alike with the dynamic creativity of her choreography, twinned to the technical virtuosity of her dancers. From Barrie to Beijing her repertory company has shared the works of many of Canada’s most exciting and exacting modern and contemporary choreographers.
"This company of young dancers is as slick and polished as its adult colleagues. Throw into the mix sophisticated choreography and CCDT can take its place among the ranks of Toronto's top dance companies."
– The Globe & Mail