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You are invited to Discover Dance, a lunch hour series where you will be introduced to some of Toronto’s incredible dance artists. These special presentations, hosted by the award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, are free and for all ages. Through demonstrations, performance, and conversation, we will discover how dance forms from all over the world are being woven into Toronto’s cultural scene. You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, ask questions, and maybe even help an artist name their next work! Join us on a fascinating exploration of this rich and incredibly diverse art form.

Special thanks:

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January 2018 - Neena Jayarajan
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Neena Jayarajan

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Artist: Neena Jayarajan
Dance Style: Bharatnatyam & Odissi

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography
Neena Jayarajan is a Bharatanatyam dancer who trained under the tutelage of Guru Dr. Menaka Thakkar for over 28 years. She has been assistant teacher at Nrtyakala for over 15 years, and was also the Assistant Artistic Director (AAD), lead dancer and rehearsal director of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (MTDC) for over 6 years. Neena assisted in re-choreographing remounts of MTDC productions & new works and toured across North America and Asia. Through MTDC Neena studied Odissi from renowned dancer Sujata Mohapatra and taken intensives in other art forms including Kalaripayattu, Ballet, Modern dance and Butoh. She performed in Sylvie Bouchards piece La gigue en souvenir, Natasha Bakht’s Riaz, and Nova Bhattacharya’s piece Broken Lines which won the Summerworks 2016 Outstanding Direction Award. Neena has also completed her MA in dance from York University and was a 2016 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Grant allowing her to explore future dance projects.

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February 2018 - Gein Wong
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Artist: Gein Wong

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

More information coming soon!

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March 2018 - Natasha Powell
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 Holla Jazz

© photo David Hou

Artist: Natasha Powell
Dance Style: Vernacular Jazz

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography

Natasha Powell
© photo David Hou

Through their soulful and funky approach to vernacular jazz dance, Holla Jazz presents engaging and entertaining performances, intriguing choreography, and dynamite collaborations. The Holla Jazz experience is marked by their cool and contemporary way of producing fresh dance works, all while inspiring a lasting love and appreciation for jazz dance and music.

Established in 2016 by Artistic Director Natasha Powell, Holla Jazz was founded as a forum for developing and presenting artists that work and improvise together, to create harmonious and transformative experiences. Working with both live and recorded music, the company aims to reinvigorate jazz dance and its sister dances as innovative, important, and necessary vehicles for expression.

Connect with Natasha Powell
Instagram - @hollajazz
Facebook - hollajazzdance
Website - hollajazz.com

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April 2018 - Atri Nundy
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Atri Nundy

Artist: Atri Nundy
Dance Style: Bharatanatyam

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12pm-1pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12pm-1pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Lower Lobby
1 Front Street East, Toronto ON
Main Doors Open at 11:30am

Artist Biography

Atri Nundy
The passion for dance was formed at a very young age for Atri Nundy when she started learning Bharatanatyum at Sampradaya Dance Academy under her teacher Lata Pada. After completing her arangetram (graduation) in 2005, she continues to work as a teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy and is a Company dancer and choreographer at Sampradaya Dance Creations.

While training in Bharatanatyum, Atri was fortunate enough to be able to train in various dance forms, such as rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, jazz and acrobatics during her childhood. This combination has given her the opportunity and interest to explore beyond the traditional realms of Bharatanatyum. Although she continues to practice traditional repertoire, she has a keen interest in collaborating with other art forms to not only strengthen her own foundations but also to find a different movement vocabulary.

Connect with Atri Nundy
Instagram - @trust_the_rhythm
Facebook - atri.nundy
Website - atrinundy.com

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility services, please contact our Education & Engagement Department at education@sonycentre.ca