Described by the New York Times as 'a dance company of rare vitality', SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations is an award winning Canadian professional dance company specializing in the creation and production of classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the Indian Classical dance form of bharatanatyam. SAMPRADAYA's strength lies in its pursuit of excellence in the creation of a stunning range of solo and ensemble works that are infused with the creativity of Indian dance vocabularies, while inspiring audiences with the its innovativeSAMPRADAYA 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.
SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations' mandate is to advance and enhance the practice, performance and dissemination of South Asian dance in Canada while acting as a catalyst in its community in offering a broad and diverse portfolio of initiatives which includes creation/production of dance, professional development, arts learning and community engagement.
At the core of the Company's artistic vision is the enduring belief that dance is a powerful medium to communicate the magic, beauty and mystery of life. Dance has an unlimited power to act as an agent for change in society, reflect the pluralism of our lives and transcend the borders of culture, religion and ethnicity.
Sampradaya Dance Creations was founded in 1990 by Lata Pada. In the past 28 years, SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations has carved a unique niche for its work in classical and contemporary bharatanatyam. The Company's strengths lie in its professional productions and diverse repertoire. Its versatility is showcased in traditional classical performances of bharatanatyam as well as its innovative inter-cultural dance works. SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations has evolved from a creation/production dance company into a South Asian dance development organization in 2006. Under Lata Pada's artistic stewardship, supported by the Board's strategic visioning, the Company is at the forefront of initiating unique arts learning and community outreach projects, serving a diverse constituency. The Company has grown organically, over the past twenty years, into a community leader- a development organization for South Asian dance in Canada and has founded the South Asian Dance Alliance of Canada (SADAC) in April 2008. The Company and its sister organization, SAMPRADAYA Dance Academy operate out of a 6800 square foot leased facility. SAMPRADAYA Dance Centre has four studios with sprung floors, a board room and three offices. The centre has a 100 seater black box theatre with state of the art lighting, sound and projection systems. It is a vibrant community hub that supports training, creation and community programs and collaborations with other Mississauga and Toronto based arts groups.
Awards & Recognition
2013 Dora Nomination for Best Lighting Design
2007 Mississauga Arts Award for Best Professional Dance Organization