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Sampradaya Dance Academy

Sampradaya Dance Academy is Canada's premiere Indian dance training institution. It was established by leading Indo-Canadian dancer, choreographer and teacher Lata Pada in 1990 and is at the forefront of training in bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form. Founded with the vision of creating future generations of accomplished dancers, teachers and choreographers, the Academy offers a progressive curriculum that incorporates the technical, theoretical and performance skills of bharatanatyam, while maximizing the individual potential of every dancer

Through Sampradaya Dance Academy, Founder/ Director Lata Pada strives to nurture a passion for dance by inspiring excellence, self-confidence and creativity in an emerging generation of dancers. The Academy aims to contribute to the arts by creating highly trained dancers who embody the diversity and vibrancy of dance in Canada.

The activities of the Academy are closely linked to Sampradaya Dance Creations, recognized as one of Canada's foremost professional Indian dance companies thus maintaining a dynamic continuum between our training and performance on Canada's main stages.

The Academy also maintains a resource library and documentation centre with a large collection of books, audio and videotapes of Indian visual art, music and dance.

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Lata Pada Academy Director & Principal Instructor

Lata has a notable career in performance, choreography, teaching and arts leadership in Canada for over twenty-eight years. Lata trained India's distinguished teachers – Kalaimamani K. Kalyanasundaram and the late Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has had an extensive, international career as a bharatanatyam soloist and has created a stunning range of solos, ensemble works and multi-disciplinary productions.
Lata Pada's outstanding contribution to the South Asian performing arts in Canada has been recognized by her appointment to the Order of Canada in 2009 making her the first South Asian artist in Canada to be recognized by this national honour. In 2011, India recognized Lata Pada with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman- a prestigious honour awarded by the President of India. In June 2012, Lata was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and honoured with the Legend's Row Award in 2013.
Lata holds an MFA in Dance from York University (1996) and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in the Master's Program of York University. Lata has received several training grants including the Canada Council Professional training Grant, the Ontario Arts Council's Chalmers Senior Fellowship and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship. She has also taken workshops in several dance movement disciplines such as kallari, chau, Balinese dance, butoh and contact improvisation. Lata is recognized for her active participation in arts advocacy and for her serving on boards and committees of several arts organizations such as a founding member of the South Asian Advisory committee at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Living Arts Centre, Canadian Dance Assembly, York University's Fine Arts, Centennial College's Cultural Heritage Institute and CPAMO – Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts Movement Ontario. She is the founding advisory committee member of the South Asian Dance Alliance of Canada (SADAC).

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Aarti Joseph Assistant Artistic Director & Instructor

Aarti Joseph began training in bharatanatyam under Lata Pada in 1998 and has since become a valued teacher and member of the Sampradaya Dance Academy family.  Ms. Joseph is also a company member at Sampradaya Dance Creations. Her credits with the company include SARUPYAM, Vivarta: Manifestations of Vishnu, and HOWZAAT! (England and India tour).  She has had the privilege of working with renowned artists including Mavin Khoo, Natasha Bakht, and Guru Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram.

In 2010, Ms. Joseph had the opportunity to perform in a site-specific piece created by Natasha Bakht – Dafeena (nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding New Choreography).  Ms. Joseph was also invited to perform as a guest artist in Lokashemam, a dance production choreographed by Guru Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram, in Mumbai, India (2008).

Not only is Ms. Joseph a gifted teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy, but she also holds an Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Toronto.


Principal Instructor:

  • Lata Pada



  • Aarti Joseph
  • Atri Nundy
  • Abirami S. Rajah
  • Luxmy S. Rajah
  • Renuka Iyer
  • Purawai Vyas
  • Aishwarya Menon
  • Suma Nair
  • Nithya Garg
  • Rachana Joshi


Instructors in Training:

  • Sowmya Karthikeyan
  • Tanisha Mahesh Kumar
  • Monisha Suresh Kumar
  • Natasha Manvi
  • Sandya Menon
  • Donya Sandhu
  • Nancy Thavaruban

Location & Facilities

Sampradaya Dance Academy
3250 Ridgeway Drive, Unit #5
Mississauga, ON
L5L 5Y6

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Facilities include:
  • Free parking
  • 3 dedicated studio spaces
  • Theatre with build-in retractable seating for up to 100 people
  • Lobby/waiting area
  • Academy Office
  • Kitchen area for staff/faculty use

For Theatre Rental Inquiries, please call the Sampradaya Dance Creations Office at 905-607-8434 or email [email protected]