Sampradaya Dance Creations

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Kalangan Series | ARŪPA & Leher

Sampradaya Dance Creations is looking forward to present two contemporary Indian works, ARŪPA and Leher as part of the Kalangan Series on November 19th, 2022 at 7:00 PM.

This edition of Kalangan Series will feature ARŪPA by Sonia St-Michel and Julie Beaulieu and Leher, choreographed by Tanveer Alam.

Sonia St-Michel is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Sonia St-Michel Creations. She considers herself a dancer-musician; through body percussion and voice, movement goes hand in hand with sound as an all-encompassing form of expression.

Dancer, scholar, and teacher, Julie Beaulieu holds a Bachelor's degree (1996) and a Master’s degree in dance (2015) from Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2010, she co-founded Saṃskāra : les artisans du passage with the musician and scholar Jonathan Voyer. The collective’s mission is to promote transcultural dialogue through the arts.

Toronto-based Tanveer Alam is a 2019 graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Recently, Alam has co-created In Multiplicity with Nithya Garg, presented as a part of the Independent Projects stream at Nuit Blanche (Humber Galleries).

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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 “
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