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The Shakti Dance Society was incorporated as a non-profit society in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 11, 2004. Its mandate is to promote the ancient Indian Classical Dance form of Bharata Natyam through performance, production, and teaching, with an emphasis on innovation within tradition. Shakti Dance strives to make Bharata Natyam understandable and meaningful to Canadians, and reflective of their experience. Our productions illuminate both traditional wisdom as well as contemporary concerns. Recent productions have been interdisciplinary works combining the dance with contemporary forms such as film and theatre, and drawing on relevant themes for today.
Shakti Dance seeks to work with the resources that are available in Vancouver and thereby create an artistic expression representative of this city. Since there are few musicians trained in South Indian Dance available in Vancouver, artistic director Anusha Fernando has sought out musicians of many traditions to create projects that are unique and diverse, thereby turning this limitation into a strength. She feels that being adaptable and willing to work with whatever resources are at hand, is one of the distinguishing qualities of a Bharata Natyam artist in Canada.
Shakti Dance is providing a vital artistic experience and a supportive community for many women and men in Vancouver. Interest in our organization is growing every year, and we are happy to see that this ancient and rich dance practice has become a central feature of many people's lives.
We would like to encourage you to become a member of Shakti Dance: only $10 per year. Your membership will help us continue to produce exciting dance performances throught the next year. Why not invite your friends to join as well? A strong membership base is becoming more and more important to many of our funding agencies, since it is one way they see how much the community supports our artistic product. Contact us for more information or click here to download and print a membership form (just enclose a cheque and mail it back to us)!