About the Company

A “company of rare dance vitality” ~ the New York Times

 SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations is at the forefront of South Asian dance in Canada.

At the core of the Company’s artistic vision is the belief that dance is a powerful vehicle to communicate the magic, beauty and mystery of life. The dynamic work of the Company is inspired by the ability of dance to excite the imagination of its audiences, become an agent for change in society, reflect the hybridism of our lives and transcend the borders of culture, religion and ethnicity.

Creatively, SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations’ work is based in the classical form of bharatanatyam . Yet its versatility and strength lie in its diverse innovative inter-cultural works.

Inspired by the rich traditions of South Asian performing arts, the works of SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations attempt to bridge the vibrant continuum of traditional and contemporary, invigorating the classicism with fresh meaning, both in its movement syntax and experimental themes.

Founded in 1990 by Artistic Director Lata Pada, C.M. SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations is an internationally recognized Canadian dance company committed to showcasing bharatanatyam as a universal art form as it explores diverse movement styles, contemporary themes and innovative dance creations.

Under Ms. Pada’s artistic stewardship and supported by the Board’s strategic visioning, SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations serves a diverse populace. It has grown over the years into an active and vibrant organization leading the development of South Asian dance in Canada.

The Company proudly celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2015.

SDC - Company Photo 1 - Credit - Praveen D. Rao (2)

Atri and Aarti, Contemporary Image - Credit MANSA Photography


Photo Credits L- R: Praveen D. Rao, Mansa Photography