"I have been dancing for over 30 years and it is the one aspect of my life in which I feel completely free to express myself artistically, spiritually, mentally, and physically. It allows me to challenge myself every day and provides a form of communication that can be understood universally. No matter which country I am in, everyone speaks the language of music, movement, and passion."
Interview with Lopa
Learn about Lopa's work in teaching and performing for clients globally...
Lopa Sarkar has been commissioned globally for her unique style of choreography and performance. With over 30 years of experience in world dance forms she is a sought after choreographer and performer.
Lopa is a trail blazer who has brought Bollywood dance and Indian fusion dance to new heights. Bringing her unique style to clients throughout the world, Lopa travels internationally choreographing, teaching and performing. Lopa is an artist who has broken ground being the first person to break the boundaries of where Indian dance has been presented in Canada. Being an artistic consultant on projects that want to be true to the changing face of Indian culture, Lopa provides clients with spectacular stage shows of vibrant music, explosive choreography, and colourful costumes. With over 30 years of dance training, including 20 years of classical Indian dance, Lopa draws on her knowledge of classical, folk, modern and world dance styles to create performances that speak to audiences of all backgrounds.
Lopa has been featured on major networks around the world including BBC and Sony Television. In Canada she was featured in her own prime time commercial as a cultural ambassador for her city in CTV’s My Toronto Is and Canada’s National Ballet School commissioned Lopa to choreograph for International Dance Day. Her upbeat approach to expressing unity through movement makes her an ideal spokesperson to bridge the gap between eastern and western traditions. She has spoken, taught, and performed at conferences, post-secondary institutions, and retreats sharing her passion for dance, fitness, entrepreneurship and most of all joy. She is an annual master teacher at the Yoga Conference and was the first Bollywood dancer to become a Lulu Lemon Ambassador and a choreographer for Club Med Resorts. She helped the Toronto Raptors create their first Bollywood Night and her dancers have performed for large scale events including the Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Ceremony. Lopa’s company, Divine Heritage Artistry, celebrated its tenth anniversary by creating two Bollywood stage shows celebrating Indian and world dance which were showcased in the Pan Am Games celebrations.
Lopa has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. In 2013, she joined the Advisory Committee and teaching faculty of Centennial College’s new Dance Performance Program where she helped develop the new diploma program and wrote the curriculums for and taught Culture and World Trends. In 2014, she was hired to build the new Education and Outreach Program for Canada’s largest theatre, the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (now Meridian Hall).
In 2016, Lopa moved back to London, England where she worked on a national program for the Mayor of London's offices and the Department of Education bringing together the worlds of business and career training for schools. She worked to increase the representation of Arts & Culture institutes and sat on career advisory boards working to increase diversity in the creative industries.
In 2019, Lopa joined the world renowned Conservatoire, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as their Head of Enterprise and then the Head of Innovation. She oversaw seven programs bringing together the arts, business and community including a Creative Entrepreneurs Incubator.
Lopa holds an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring from the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She coaches leadership teams from world famous arts and culture organizations and helps creative entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses and social enterprises.