By Rohan Rai
TORONTO: If you like to tap your feet and dance, then you will know her name.
Established in 2003, Sanskriti Arts Ensemble is the brainchild of Puja Amin who has brought together performers with a passion for dance and extreme drive to explore their potential.
Now the organization at their new facility at 2359 Royal Windsor Drive, Unit 15 in Mississauga is providing a space for dance enthusiasts all across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
The Open House by Sanskriti Arts Ensemble promises to offer a day of `Fusion, Fitness and Fun’ at their new space in Mississauga on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Beginning at 1 PM, the Open House will be a day-long event filled with an array of dance performances including Bollywood, yoga, kathak, hip hop and Latin Fusion. Participants will get the opportunity to learn all the shades of dance, yoga, and empowerment.
“We wanted to initiate a place of belonging for the community, something they could call their own,” says Puja Amin, director of Sanskriti Arts Ensemble. “We want to provide positivity through fitness and movement.”
Besides performances, there will be free sampling of food as well as an assortment of giveaways including hampers, gift baskets, water bottles, mugs and jewelry.
“Dance is especially significant for the oppressed and the depressed. We want you to find your way into our studio where you will get a passage for support, encouragement and energy,” says Amin. “This is a unique opportunity being provided for kids and adults from the Greater Toronto Area to explore possibilities and a diverse avenue and arenas to train in dance and fitness.”
Amin says they will also announce the second year of Dance Diaries with Bollywood choreographers who will train dance enthusiasts through workshops and a final performance.
Under her tutelage, the company takes pride in raising awareness of the various forms of South Asian dance, spread Indian culture and ethnicity through traditional and contemporary dance and music performances. They have been a pioneer in authentic South Asian Entertainment including classical, folk and Bollywood repertoire.
The Sanskriti Arts Ensemble has performed in concerts and music videos for Falguni Pathak, Boman Irani, Lisa Ray, Jonita Gandhi, Sukhwinder Singh, Lata Mangeshkar, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor amongst others.