Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance expands the cultural space for the evolution of classical Indian and contemporary dance through evocative new works.

The Company

Established in 2008, Nova Dance is led by dancer and choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, who brings her classical bharatanatyam training into the world of contemporary dance with elegance and authority. Through a varied and acclaimed repertoire - which includes creations from Bhattacharya, Peggy Baker, Mika Kurosawa, Dana Gingras, José Navas, Menaka Thakkar, and Laurence Lemieux - audiences are exposed to an expanse of movement drawn from classical vocabulary, integrated with improvised movement, rigorously structured and performed with passion and precision.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bhattacharya has developed an intriguing body of work - ranging from full length classical recitals to powerful contemporary solos and duets - that showcases today’s bharatantayam and Canadian contemporary dance with a South Asian sensibility. Her performances have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences and critics alike, and have been presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto's Danceworks and Kalanidhi Fine Arts, Vancouver's Dancing on the Edge, Tokyo’s An Creative and at fabrik Potsdam / 17th Potsdamer Tanztage – International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Through the creation and presentation of powerful humanistic dance works in collaboration with choreographers, composers and visual designers, the company invites audiences to embrace dance for the visceral experience it can offer.

"[Nova Bhattacharya] dances with a kick-ass authority that brings a contemporary edge to classical Indian dance."

- eye Weekly

"Bhattacharya ... smoulders ... She is a born storyteller and a purveyor of moods, her intense eyes holding the watcher in their grip, while her expressive, compact body radiates emotion."

- The Globe & Mail

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Broken Lines @Summerworks

Two bharatnatyam dancers at the top of their game. One choreographer with a wicked sense of humour. On your mark, get set, tharikatatom!



Congratulations to our friend Vivine Scarlett, recipient of this year's Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award!  Here we are at the Mayor's Arts Awards Lunch earlier this year.  Vivine and I used to dance the Folk Arts Circuit in our younger days, we've worked together and partied together!  Incredible artist, visionary, and role model - so happy that she is being recognized for all her blood, sweat and tears.vivine and nova


Summer has arrived! BAM!  Half the year is already under our belts. Between participation in conferences in New York, Amsterdam & London, hosting our very first Deep End Weekend in Toronto, remounting Lucy Rupert’s commissioned solo as part of Urban Vessel’s Singing River and making a brand new duet for Summerworks, this year has flown by in an exhilarating flurry of creativity and connections.  Hope to see you at a show soon! Nova


Welcome to our new website!  Thanks for your interest in Nova Dance.  2016 is off to a rocking start!

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