Parul Gupta

Parul’s love for dance started at a very early age. She feels particularly attached to Indian Classical Dance (Kathak & Bharatha Natyam) and Indian Folk Dance, the first styles of dance she was trained in. Parul later expanded her dance vocabulary to include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, House and Yoga. She combines elements of her diverse dance training in the style Indian Fusion Dance. Her mother, Anita Gupta, an accomplished dancer and yoga master, has significantly influenced Parul’s dance career.

Parul is the founder, principal teacher and artistic director of Infusion Dance Studios. Her works are part of 3 Cirque du Soleil productions: “Love”, “Kooza” & “Totem”. Parul is committed to continually advancing her dance technique by studying with reputable teachers in both Canada and India.  She has given performances and workshops across Canada, in the U.S.A and in India.

Parul’s scholastic degrees include a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) and a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology from Concordia University. She is a certified Yoga Instructor in the Sivananda Yoga tradition.  Parul was a Juror for the Dora Mavor Moore Dance Awards (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) 2012-2013 season.  As well, Parul sits on the Board of the Dance For Life Foundation – a non-profit organization that uses dance as a medium to raise funds to donate to those that need it most. Her

Other than dance, Parul loves to travel, cook and read – basically anything that inspires her creative side. She believes that dance should have instinctive expression and solid technique. Going forward, Parul hopes to share her passion and continue to grow to new heights in her art form.

Teachers that have made a profound impact on Parul’s development as an artist:

Anita Gupta (her mother)      Yoga & Indian Folk Dance
Ruby Mishra                            Kathak
Sandhya Desai                        Kathak
Sudeshna Maulik                    Kathak
Donna Greenberg                   Ballet
Don Jordan                              Contemporary Jazz
Natasha Jean-Bart                Hip Hop
Irvin “Dazl” St-Louis              House
Uma Vasudevan                      Bharatha Natyam

Performance Credits:

July 2014: “Sense Beyond” at the Chinese Cultural Center, Toronto
June 2014: “Rung Festival” at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
June 2014: “Silk Route” at the Second City, Toronto
March 2014: “International Women’s Day” at North York Memorial Hall, Toronto
January 2014: “COC Free Concert Series” at the Four Seasons Centre, Toronto
October 2013: “Gait to the Spirit” at the Scotiobank Dance Centre, Vancouver
April 2013: “Dancenette” at Arabesque Dance Centre, Toronto
March 2013: “Horizon Series” at the Sampradaya Theatre, Mississauga
September 2012: “Kathak Mahotsav” (Next Steps 12/13) at Harbourfront, Toronto
September 2012: “The Mayor’s 3rd Annual Cricket Festival”, Brampton
May 2012: “Classical Dance & Music Concert” at Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto
April 2012: “Rhythm of the Ghungaroos” at the Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto
January 2012: “Kaal” (Next Steps 11/12) at the Fleck Dance Theater, Toronto
October 2011: “Utsav” (Trillium Foundation), International Center, Mississauga
June 2011: “Taj” (Luminato Festival) at the Fleck Dance Theater, Toronto
June 2011: “Kathak Soiree” at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
January 2011: “Sarabhai Arts Festival” at Natrani, Ahmedabad, India

Memorable Dance Events:

July 2014 & 2013: Taught Kathak course at Sampradaya Dance Academy
March 2014: Taught Indian dance course at Father John Redmond High School
February 2014 & March 2013: Was the Classical Judge for NA Culture Show
January 2014: Choreographed dance for “Invincible Summer”, MABELLEarts
July 2012: Gave Indian Fusion workshop at “Global Day”, Harbourfront Centre
September 2011: Coached the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”
August 2011: Gave workshop at Ecole de Danse Hugo Depot
May 2011: Performed & gave workshop at Edenbrook Elementary School

Support:

Parul would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council in her artistic development and pursuits.
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