An award winning dancer and choreographer, Founding Artistic Director of Nova Dance
Nova Bhattacharya is an award winning dancer and choreographer, committed mentor, passionate community activist and respected arts leader. Bhattacharya is winner of the 2016 SummerWorks Outstanding Direction Award for her duet Broken Lines, and of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton award for outstanding achievement in dance. Despite being told that a career as a bharatnataym dancer was not a viable option by a guidance counselor, and an 8 year detour in the finance industry, she held onto her dreams long enough to get here.
As founding Artistic Director of Nova Dance, she has spent the last decade working to establish a company that makes a meaningful contribution to society by creating space for South Asian dance artists to practice their art in a supported environment, and encourages them to consider their art as a relevant and vital part of Canadian society. The company has presented several highly acclaimed works and initiated a wide range of projects built to support artists and audiences alike, including The DeepEnd Weekend, a professional development opportunity for Classical Indian dancers, and Date with Dance & Discover Dance, popular audience enrichment events, and a Studio Series to support the work of emerging bharatnatyam creators. Recently, Nova Dance became the first dance company to be invited into a Long Term Relationship with downtown Toronto’s contemporary arts hub The Theatre Centre. The partnership was kicked off in style with a Bengali community meal, and a Saraswati Puja to celebrate the Hindu goddess of the arts.
Currently volunteer President of the Board of Toronto Arts Council and Member of the Board of Toronto Arts Foundation, Nova is an outspoken advocate for equity in the arts, and for the arts in society.