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Who We Are

Sampradaya Dance Academy

Sampradaya Dance Academy is a premiere dance training institution recognized for its excellence in the training of bharatanatyam technique, repertoire and rhythm theory.

Sampradaya is a Sanskrit word embodying an evolving tradition that represents an organic process of dynamic change as it adapts to shifting trends and influences.

Sampradaya Dance Academy’s vision of dance is continually inspired by tradition being the cornerstone of the art; where time-tested principles of training, theoretical knowledge, performance and creation are not compromised while exploring new pathways of making art relevant and accessible to all audiences.


Lata Pada Academy Director & Principal Instructor

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 Artistic Director 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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Events & Performances

3rd & 4th December 2022

Mid-Year Performance by all Students of Sampradaya Dance Academy at the Sampradaya Theatre.

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