Sampradaya Dance Creations receives grant

March 30, 2012

Sampradaya Dance Creations is pleased to share the news that the Company has received $142, 800 in funding thanks to an investment from the Federal Government of Canada in an announcement made by Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Mississauga - Erindale, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages earlier this week.

Administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays. For Sampradaya specifically, this grant will translate into the expansion and upgrade of its current dance facility based in Mississauga to include a new, professionally equipped dance studio and black box performance theatre in addition to work spaces which will assist in improving training and performance spaces, to increase the opportunities for emerging and seasoned dancers and performance artists to work together in the Halton-Peel region.

“I am pleased to see the Government of Canada support this important project not only for the South Asian community but also for artists and audiences in our area,” said Mr. Dechert. “With this investment, Sampradaya Dance Creations will continue to inspire Canadians with its versatility and innovation in South Asian performing arts.”

As an organization that has been a professional dance company for over twenty years, this grant allows the company to continue to push forward with future plans to keep the company vibrant, current and accessible to its community. “We look forward to being able to engage our community by expanding the number and variety of dance classes we offer, to present more events such as performances and workshops from talented local and international artists, as well as make our studio space available for rental opportunities for other organizations who may be looking for a space to host their events in the area. This contribution will be a significant boost to our dance centre to be recognized as a dynamic community hub for the performing arts of South Asia in the Peel region, and will help bring us one step closer to becoming the national centre for South Asian dance”, says Lata Pada, CM, Founder and Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations.  The new studio and theatre space is anticipated to open in the Spring/Summer of 2012.

Sampradaya Dance Creations is a Canadian, Mississauga based professional dance company specializing in the creation and production of classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the tradition of Bharatanatyam. Founded in 1990 by Lata Pada, the company continues to inspire audiences with annual productions produced locally and internationally, while continuing to nurture the talents of emerging young dancers.