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.
  • 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 in the morning/early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday
  • At the end of the year, each class prepares a choreography to perform at the Annual Recital in June
  • Class size varies. Classes can be as small as 3 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 vocabulary, history, music and dance theory, as well as the dance form itself.
  • There will be homework!

Registration Process and Fees:

  • To register for classes beginning in September, please send an email to academy@sampradaya.ca
  • Students must be at least 4 years old at the time of registration
  • New and 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.
  • Fees are calculated and paid by the semester, not by individual classes.
  • If classes are missed due to illness, vacation, or other reasons, refunds/reimbursements/discounts will NOT be provided.
  • We do offer a special FAMILY DISCOUNT for families with multiple members enrolled. 20% off of the second family member’s fee. 10% off of the third family member’s fee.
  • We accept payment by cheque, credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or Debit
  • 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 (https://www.istd.org/about-us/documents/bharatanatyam-syllabus-outline/).

After a student has completed all of our dance levels, they are eligible to complete an arangetram, which is a final graduation performance overseen by their guru (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

Our most demanding and advanced-level classes
Students continue to train and complete ISTD exams each year
Preparation for arangetram/graduation performance begins
4 hours of training every week, multiple 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 3 hours long, 1 or 2 classes per week

If you are interested in registering for classes at Sampradaya Dance Academy, please send an email to academy@sampradaya.ca.

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 academy@sampradaya.ca 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 https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/dance

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