BIO

Lopa trained in Toronto for 20 years in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatym, performing in Canada and the U.S. After completing her MBA at the Schulich School of Business, she moved to London (U.K.) where she spent two years choreographing, performing and teaching Bollywood dance with three companies. While in the UK, she worked with Bollywood choreographer Pappu-Malu (of Devdas) and performed on stage with Malaika Arora. She has been seen on BBC, Zee TV, and Sony Television. Lopa lived in the Bahamas while working as a Choreographer for Club Med. Through the Club Med Artist Program, she was invited to teach and perform in Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana and Mexico. She has choreographed for film in New York City, performed in London, taught in France, and currently runs her own dance company in Toronto. Her dancers have performed on television for MTV, at the Air Canada Centre for the Toronto Raptors, and on stage with Raghav and Malkit Singh.

Lopa has taken Bollywood dance to new heights. She has been a part of festivals around the world including LUMINATO in Toronto, WOMAD in London, and the International Music Festival in Wales.

In 2007, the NBA Toronto Raptors asked Lopa and her dancers to perform at their first ever Bollywood Night with a half time show performance at the Air Canada Centre for over 17 000 people. In 2009, she was invited by Lulu Lemon to be their first Bollywood dance ambassador. That same year, Lopa and her dancers were invited to be the opening act at the sold out "It's Always Something" charity show for Gilda's Club where they shared the Princess of Wales Theatre stage with other Canadian stars including Russell Peters and the Canadian Tenors.

In the summer of 2010, Lopa was invited to teach and perform at Raqs Britannia by Miles Copeland and the Bellydance Superstars. While in the UK, Lopa was invited to the red carpet by AVS and SONY Television to interview Ashwariya Rai, Abhisheck Bachan, and Mani Ratman at their film premier at the British Film Institute in London. 2010 ended with Lopa being invited to be Tre Armstrong’s (from So You Think You Can Dance Canada) Assistant Choreographer on the set of the film Breakaway for a video directed by Director X staring Akshay Kumar, Ludacris, RDB, and Russell Peters.

In 2011, DHA took part in performances around Toronto which celebrated the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards. This included large stage shows and collaborations such as performing alongside members of the Toronto Symphony. In 2012, Canada’s National Ballet School asked Lopa to choreograph their flash mob for International Dance Day celebrations. Later that year DHA performed at the 2012 Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Ceremony while the guests entered on the red carpet and for Diwali, Veronica Tennant commissioned Lopa to create dance pieces showcasing the different dance styles of India for the University Health Network’s Diwali Gala. Lopa’s dance classes are built on promoting unity and joy through dance. Her classes are so successful in bringing together people of different backgrounds that in 2012 CTV chose to feature Lopa on their prime time commercial series “My Toronto Is” as an ambassador for what the city of Toronto represents.

2013 began with Lopa being a master teacher at the Toronto Yoga Conference and Show. Her workshops were such a hit you can catch her teaching at the conference every year. She also joined the Program Advisory Committee developing the new Dance Performance Diploma program for Centennial College. As 2013 ended, and DHA celebrated their eighth anniversary, Lopa and her team were featured as the choreographers and dancers for the musical A Chorus Queen.

In 2014 Lopa joined Canada’s largest theatre, The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, in the newly created position of Education, Outreach and Animation Manager. This new role combined Lopa’s multiple talents to build The Sony Centre an outreach program which allowed schools, community groups and the pubic to share in the love of the performing arts.

Toronto hosted The Pan Am Games in 2015 and Lopa and her team put up two full length stage shows as part of the celebrations at Rose Theatre and Harbourfront Theatre. Also, in 2015 Lopa built on her work with Centennial College’s new Dance Performance program by joining the faculty. She designed the curriculums for and taught the Culture and World Trends courses and was thrilled to be shaping the minds and talent of the next generation of dancers.

Over the span of ten years Lopa’s work in the arts has shaped much of where Indian dance has been featured in mainstream Canada. She is thrilled to have exposed Indian and world dance to new communities, audiences and youth. On the heels of ten successful years in Toronto Lopa decided to move back to London, England in 2016. Lopa has her grade eight piano certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) and her grade six vocal certification from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (United Kingdom). Her love for Makeup Artistry lead her to study both makeup and hairstyling at the prestigious London College of Fashion in the UK and work as a Makeup Artist for M.A.C. Cosmetics.

When she is not working, Lopa spends her time traveling and playing on her turntables.

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