TRADITIONS

Thai dance and music originated in the royal court of old Siam. Old Sim is full of archaeological sites and objects, which are evidence of the evolution of Thai history and culture dating back several thousand years.

DAZZLING

Not only rich in color and style, Classical costumes are also highly ornate and heavily embroidered especially the elaborate pointy headdresses which resemble the triangular shape of the ancient temple’s rooftop architecture.

ORIGINAL

Our extensive experience in performing has allowed us the opportunity to creatively ambark on different journeys back in time presenting the history, culture, customs and traditions of the Kingdom of Old Siam throught Thai music and dance.

Who we are

The Thai Dance Trouped of Ottawa was founded in 1987 by Kai Whitcomb, and became the leading Thai performing arts organizations in Canada. The troupe is committed to the creation, development and promotion of Thai classcical and folk drama, music, and dance.

Over the years the troupe has included hundreds of members, adults joining or leaving as their interests and family configurations change, children moving from beginner to professional and then often leaving to pursue careers and families. Currently, the troupe has 20 regular members; ages range between 5 and 55. The Thai-Canadian community joins in for the large annual productions like the “Amazing Thai New Year Celebration 2006” at the theatre du Lac Leamy Casino in Hull, Quebec which involved over 60 people.

What we do

Thai classical dance is elegant in terms of the choreography and the uniformity of steps and movements, and the classical costumes are rich in color and style. Traditional dance relates more to folk events like harvests and the more simple costumes vary from region to regionl the central, the north, the northeast and the south.

PERFORMANCE

The Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa or its members have performed at numerous events in Ontario, Quebec, the USA, Italy, Trinidad Tobago, Jamaica, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, and Korea since 1987.

CLASS

The troupe offers classes and workshops to members and the general public free of charge at our location above, please contact us for more details.

2019

March 2nd – 3rdAsian Culture Festival, Fruit&Spice ParkHomestead, Florida, USAApril 14thThai New Year CelebrationCity Hall, OttawaJuly 13thDestination ThailandDundas Square, TorontoJuly 28thAsian FestChinatown, OttawaAugust 1st – 3rdFestival OrientalysOld Port, MontrealAugust 4thAmazing[…]

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2018

May 5thExperience Asia 2018Maison du Citoyen, GatineauMay 19thVesak Day CelebrationCity Hall, OttawaJune 2ndIndo Caribbean Organization of Ottawa CelebrationOttawaJuly 14thDestination ThailandDundas Square, TorontoJuly 29thAsian FestChinatown, OttawaAugust 2nd – 4thFestival OrientalysOld Port,[…]

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2017

DATELOCATIONJanuary 19thDiversity Week, RCMP HeadquartersOttawaApril 22ndThai New Year Celebration 2017Ottawa City HallMay 7thVesak Day CelebrationOttawa City HallMay 10thVesak on the Hill,Sir John A Macdonald BuildingMay 13thExperience Asia 2017GatineauMay 30thDiversity WeekAuditor[…]

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Our Team

Our expertise also enables us to bring ancient Thai art forms into today’s world by adapting and amalgamating different music and dance into new perspectives that are related to not only our audiences but also to our very own artists who are growing up here in Canada.

Kai Whitcomb

Director.

Denise Whitcomb

Senior Dancer. Assistant.

Diana Whitcomb

Senior Dancer. Musician.

Amphakarn Pisuthigomol

Senior Dancer. Musician.

Suthasinee Kanjanasatianphorn

Senior Dancer. Musician.

Penny Jackie Kanggarn

Senior Dancer. Musician.

Jane Patlada Ditthavong

Dancer.

Angela Vesey

Dancer.

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