Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance expands the cultural space for the evolution of bharatnatyam.

The Company

At Nova Dance we love to find ways to use bharatnatyam as our baseline for telling unique stories, and exploring new ways to share this powerful art form.  Dance, music, theatre, ritual practice, math - bharatnatyam has it all.  Steps, recitation, acting, movements for eyelids, cheeks, fingers, and eyebrows - there is so much to be inspired by.  

Nova Dance is led by Nova Bhattacharya, the first graduate of Nrytyakala, The Canadian Academy of Indian Dance; Artistic Director Dr. Menaka Thakkar – and she furthered her studies with the late Guru Kittapa Pillai, and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan.  A desire to create and perform works that moved beyond classical repertoire led her down an exhilarating path of exploration and collaboration with artists including Peggy Baker Dana Gingras, Jenn Goodwin, Ed Hanley, Sasha Ivanochko, Mika Kurosawa, Louis Laberge-Côté, Laurence Lemieux, José Navas, Tedd Robinson, and Dan Wild.  She has created works for Toronto Dance Theatre, Blue Ceiling Dance/Lucy Rupert, and Dancemakers.  Recent work in theatre includes Abyss, and Much Ado About Nothing  (Tarragon), and The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots).  She has been nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and twice for the KM Hunter Award.  In 2012 she was the winner of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for artistic achievement in dance, and in 2016 was awarded the Summerworks Outstanding Direction Award for Broken Lines (a duet for Neena Jayarajan & Atri Nundy).  

"a dancer and choreographer of fierce intelligence and integrity with a delightfully wicked sense of humour."

- Bridget Cauthery, The Dance Current

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Decoding Bharatnatyam

A mixed program of work sharing Nova’s ongoing passion for digging deepling into bharatnatyam technique coming up at the Citadel Theatre, Feb 14 - 17.

Discover Dance

A new lunch hour concert series featuring incredible dance artists at North York's Toronto Centre for the Arts, and at the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto. 



Nova talks to Tien Providence at Regent Radio

Listen to Regent Radio's Tien Providence interview Nova about Decoding Bharatnatyam, now playing at the Citadel Theatre until February 17.

Nova Profiled on Desi Diaries

Check out this great article about Nova's upcoming production, Decoding Bharatnatyam on Desi Diaries!

“A Day in the Life” with dancer & choreographer Nova Bhattacharya

Joel Levy from the Toronto Guardian profiles "A Day in the Life" of Nova as she prepares to present Decoding Bharatnatyam at Citadel+Compagnie's Bright Night series from February 14 - 17.

The Work