Sampradaya Dance Creations

Upcoming events

Adavu Lab

Our next Adavu Lab session will be on Sunday, May 26th at 3pm, led by Neena Jayarajan, independent dance theatre artist with extensive experience in Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance techniques. Neena, who's primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and Sujatha Mohapatra, served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for 7 years, as well as assistant teacher at Nrtyakala for 20 years. She is currently an Associate Artist at Nova Dance involved in both creative and organizational roles.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Neena's rich background and innovative approach to Bharatanatyam. Invite your friends and fellow dancers to join us for an engaging session focused on adavus and dance exploration.

Summer Skies

Festival of Dance and Music

We're thrilled to announce that applications are now open to South Asian dance and music groups for our Summer Skies Festival, set to dazzle audiences on July 6-7, 2024 at The Village Square, Streetsville, Mississauga.

This two-day extravaganza will be curated based on your applications, showcasing the vibrant diversity of South Asian performing arts.

If you're passionate about showcasing the rich cultural heritage of South Asian performing arts, don't miss this incredible opportunity to share your talent and creativity on our stage.

Apply now and join us in creating unforgettable memories at the Summer Skies Festival, 2024!

Last date to apply: May 30th, 2024.

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Reflections of 2023

Artistic Director's Note

"As we stand on the brink of a new year, I find myself reflecting upon the incredible journey we've traversed as a South Asian dance company. 2023 has been a year woven with passion, research, resilience, and magic that only the arts can conjure.

Our stage has been graced by incredible performances, each one a testament to the dedication and boundless talent of our remarkable artists in the dance community. Your unwavering support, dear patrons, has been the heartbeat that sustains our creative journey. Together, we've created moments that linger long after the final bow.

To the dancers who poured their hearts into every step, the musicians who crafted melodies that linger, and the backstage crew whose tireless efforts makes the magic possible – thank you. And to our cherished audience, your energy and appreciation fuel our artistic fire." - Suma Nair

About Us

Dance Creations

Sampradaya Dance Creations is an award-winning Canadian professional dance company specializing in creating and producing classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the South Asian dance form of Bharatanatyam. Sampradaya's strength lies in its pursuit of excellence by creating a stunning range of solo and ensemble works that are infused with the creativity of Indian dance vocabularies and inspiring audiences with its innovative approaches to traditional movement.

Sampradaya Dance Creations maintains a strong presence in the Canadian dance scene through its national tours and festival participation. Sampradaya Dance Creations has toured across Canada and internationally to India, the United States, Indonesia and Ireland.

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Lata Pada, Founder

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Cultural Consultant, Lata Pada is recognized as one of Canada’s leading artists and arts advocates. An award-winning artist, she holds the distinction of being the first South Asian artist to receive the prestigious national honor of the Order of Canada in 2009. In January 2011, she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India. In 2012, she was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the community as a Canadian citizen. More recently, Lata was inducted into the 2013 Inaugural Mississauga Legend’s Row as well as being named one of the Most Influential Individuals of the City of Mississauga.

As the Founder of Sampradaya Dance Creations, Lata’s choreographic vision is compelled by her desire to redefine bharatanatyam in the ‘here and now’ as it navigates new and uncharted territory resulting in a stunning range of solos, ensemble works and multi-disciplinary productions.

Lata has trained under India’s eminent gurus Kalaimamani Kalyanasundaram and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. Originally from Bangalore, India, she has made Canada her home since 1964. She holds an MFA in Dance from York University and is an Adjunct Professor in their Graduate Program.

“Her clear direction in dance makes her one of the few who can successfully translate a thousand-year-old tradition into 21st century realities “
Toronto star