Founded by Nova Bhattacharya and based in Toronto, Nova Dance is a radically imaginative, bharatnatyam-inspired, contemporary dance company.

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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Sigma - Gandini Juggling

The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence. March 16-17, 2019 at the Jane Mallet Theatre. Presented by Civic Theatre Toronto in association with Nova Dance.


Introducing Shanthini’s Selections!

At Nova Dance we love to find ways to use bharathanatyam as our baseline for telling unique stories, and exploring new ways to share this powerful art form. So, not only do we want you to come see our shows, we want you to know about the incredible range of Bharathanatyam and carnatic music shows happening in and around Toronto; we also want you to know about performances highlighting a myriad of dance and music disciplines that originated in India. These productions feature highly skilled artists from Canada and around the world, providing fascinating glimpses into the rich and diverse arts practices of the South Asian diaspora – and Shanthini Kangesan is coming on board to keep us in the loop.

Decoding Bharatnatyam Review

Check out Deidre Kelly's review of Nova Dance's most recent mixed bill program that was presented by Citadel+Compagnie as part of their Bright Nights series.

The Work