Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (MTDC), Canada’s oldest Indian dance company was founded in 1978 as a performing wing for Menaka’s dance school, Nrtyakala, and later separately incorporated in 1993 as an independent performing company. The central artistic mandate embodies the vision of the Company’s functioning over a whole range of Indian dance, traditional and contemporary, involving creation of new works, presenting home seasons and touring. Besides the usual wing of new creation, the company has recently developed two special units of dance creation: one for contemporary choreography and the other for creating works for young audiences.
The company also aims to emphasize and sustain its dancers’ training process, both within and beyond the Indian dance traditions in which they are primarily rooted, so that they can effectively function in the shared domain with other dance traditions. For this purpose the company organizes in collaboration with Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, a two-week Summer Residency for Professional Development called DanceAdvance: This is meant for all established and emerging dancers of all genres, Indian and non-Indian. Its twin objectives are to create more versatile dancers who can perform varied choreographic works of different choreographers and who can contribute to the development of the contemporary face of Indian dance.