Kittiwake Dance Theatre, Newfoundland’s oldest not-for-profit dance company, makes its home in St. John’s, one of North America’s oldest cities. It has a company repertoire of over fifty works incorporating a variety of styles and subjects from the dramatic to the humorous and the traditional to the contemporary, with numerous works reflecting Newfoundland’s rich history and cultural heritage.
In addition to providing the public with quality performances which reflect the width and breath of the world of dance, Kittiwake’s mandate includes an obligation to nurture the art of dance by providing local students with workshops and residency projects, with not only Kittiwake’s artistic staff, but with touring companies as well. In past years, Kittiwake has joined forces with the Arts and Culture Centre in securing residency projects with dance companies such as Motus O Dance Theatre, the Danny Grossman Dance Company and Toronto Dance Theatre, to name just a few. These events are open to all local dancers and students with the appropriate level of technical training.
Kittiwake Dance Theatre is a not-for-profit organizations; it is a performing company that is run by a Board of Directors elected annually. Kittiwake Dance Theatre has in the past been the recipient of numerous grants from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Human Resources Development Canada, Strategic Employment Opportunity Program, Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. As the landscape of non-profit organizations changes in Newfoundland and nationally, and competition for government support increases, Kittiwake now relies more than ever of personal and corporate donations. Through ticket sales and a wide range of fund-raising activities, Kittiwake continues to foster dance in Newfoundland and Labrador.