tRAINING Programming

Classes at a Glance:

  • The Sampradaya Dance Academy year, like the school year, runs from September to June with Intermediate and Advanced students taking part in one week of training in a Summer Camp Intensive in July.
  • New students typically begin in September at a level deemed appropriate based on their age and prior dance experience.
  • Beginner level students will be admitted from September to April. Intermediate and Advanced Level students will have to audition to determine their Bharatanatyam dance skills.
  • Our Academy year is divided into three semesters, Fall (Sept. – Dec.), Winter (Jan. – Mar.), and Spring (Apr. – Jun.).
  • Students generally spend a whole year in the same grade/level, unless the teacher, in consultation with parents, decides otherwise.
  • Class length varies, with the younger students (Elementary level) having 45-minute classes once a week and some of the advanced students having up to 3 or 4 hours of class a week
  • Classes run in the evenings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • At the end of the spring semester each year, each class is taught a group choreography to perform at the Annual Recital in June of that year
  • Class sizes vary. Classes can be as small as 5 students and as large as 15 students.
  • Here at Sampradaya Dance Academy, we take a holistic approach to teaching Bharatanatyam, with students expected to learn dance technique, history, Carnatic (South India classical music) and dance theory and repertoire.
  • There will be homework which parents will be expected to monitor.

Registration Process and Fees:

  • To register for classes at the Academy, please send an email to
  • Students must be at least 4 years old at the time of registration.
  • Returning students are asked to register for each new Academy year before the start of the Fall semester in September.
  • New students are placed in a level deemed appropriate by teachers in consultation with the parents/guardians. A short assessment may be required.
  • Fees are due at the start of each semester, a two week period is allowed for payment after which a late fee of $25 is applied.
  • Fees are calculated and paid by the semester, not by individual classes.
  • A schedule of semester length and fees per class level will be provided at the time of registration.
  • If classes are missed due to illness, vacation, or other reasons, refunds/reimbursements/discounts will NOT be provided. If the student is expected to be away for an extended period of time (more than 3 weeks) the Academy Administrator must be informed well in advance for the fee adjustment.
  • We do offer a special FAMILY DISCOUNT for families with multiple members enrolled. 20% off for the second family member’s fee. 10% off for the third family member’s fee.
  • We accept payment by only by Interac made to the Academy’s email
  • If the Academy has an unexpected closure due to unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather, refunds will NOT be issued. Make-up classes MAY be scheduled but are not guaranteed.

Curriculum and Class Levels

Our curriculum follows the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) curriculum and our Intermediate and Advanced students complete annual ISTD Exams.

After a student has completed all of 6 dance levels, they are eligible to complete an Arangetram, which is a final graduation performance directed by Ms. Lata Pada.

Adult classes are also offered for those who want to take Bharatanatyam – previous experience is not required

Class Levels:

Elementary 1 & 2

Students are 4 and 5 years old
Classes are 45 minutes long, 1 class per week

Beginner 1, 2 & 3

Students are 6 years old and up
Students learn the basics of Bharatanatyam
Classes are 1 or 2 hours long, 1 or 2 classes per week

Intermediate 1, 2, 3 & 4

Students begin training for ISTD exams and take part in Summer Camp Intensive in July
Classes are 2 to 4 hours long, 1 or 2 classes per week

ADVANCED 1, 2, 3 & 4

Our most demanding and advanced-level classes,
Students continue to train and complete ISTD exams each year
Preparation for individual one-on-one Arangetram/graduation performance begins
4 -6 hours of training every week, multiple classes per week

If you are interested in registering for classes at Sampradaya Dance Academy, please send an email to or

Professional Training Program

In addition to the main curriculum levels, we also offer a Professional Training Program. This program trains dancers in advanced level bharatanatyam and other movement disciplines.

Dancers preparing to join the professional company, Sampradaya Dance Creations, are encouraged to complete this training program.

For more information on the Professional Training Program, please email us at or call 905-607-8454.

York University Joint Program

Launched in 2016-2017, Sampradaya Dance Academy and York University entered into an agreement, allowing graduates from our program to apply credits towards an Undergraduate Degree in Dance at York University.

This is truly an unprecedented milestone for South Asian dance in Canada and a validation of Sampradaya Dance Academy’s excellence in bharatanatyam training.

For more information on the undergraduate degree in dance at York University, please visit

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