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To Be Danced

To Be Danced is a collective creative research exchange project, designed by CanAsian Dance Co-Artistic Associates Michael Caldwell and Mayumi Lashbrook. The project seeks a supportive and generative environment that seeds connection to self, space/place and others, through the development of individual process and practice. 

Kate Kamo McHugh & Nidhi Baadkar
as Artist Collaborators for

To Be Danced

"We are so thrilled to welcome Kate and Nidhi into the shared space of To Be Danced, to engage in an emergent conversation about our artistic work and our ways-of-working. The four of us will embark on a journey together, to uncover and surface the essential parts of our own individual creative practices, and support one another with curiosity and care."

- Mayumi Lashbrook and Michael Caldwell,
Co-Artistic Associates for To Be Danced

Born in India and raised in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nidhi Baadkar (she/her) started her training at the age of ten in the Indian classical technique of Bharatanatyam. Because of her interest in contemporary art, Nidhi completed her Diploma in Movement Art and Mixed Media at Attakkalari Centre, Bangalore, India where she trained in various forms like kalaripayattu, ballet, modern dance, and physical theatre. Currently residing in Toronto, Nidhi is a recent graduate from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and a certified facilitator in Therapeutic Dance in Education. Interested in diversifying her production and arts management skills, she is currently pursuing her post-graduation diploma at Humber College. As an aspiring movement artist, Nidhi hopes to develop a vocabulary of her own which is deeply rooted within Indian aesthetics.

Kate Kamo McHugh is a dance and theatre artist from Kitchener, Ontario. She is interested in artistically exploring concepts such as migration, belonging and the intersection of art and care - all themes she feels intimately connected to. Recent highlights for Kate include an artist residency at the National Arts Centre, performing at IMPACT 21 Theatre Festival, and working with Cosmic Fishing Theatre. Currently she is creating her show 20 Grains of Rice: Seeds of Reclamation, an exploration of Japanese Canadian identity - cultural loss, retention and creation. Kate holds a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University in Theatre Performance Dance. 


Nidhi Baadkar

Photo of Nidhi by: Aidan Tooth

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Kate Kamo McHugh

Photo of Kate by: Colin Boyd Shafer

The To Be Danced program is supported by

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