The Sa Dance Company, founded by Artistic Director, Payal Kadakia, is committed to increasing awareness of Indian dance in the mainstream. It serves as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement inspired by Indian folk, classical, and Bollywood dance as well as jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance. The name “Sa” originates from the foundation of Indian classical music where “Sa” is the first note in the Indian musical octave. All Sa Dance Company dancers have been trained in various forms of American and Indian dance forms such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Ballet, Hip-hop, Jazz, Garba, Bhangra, and Bollywood. Grace, beauty, and artistic integrity combined with creative choreography are characteristics of Payal Kadakia’s work and can be seen in every Sa performance.
In its inaugural year, The Sa Dance Company has performed at the Indo-American Arts Council’s “Erasing Borders 2009: Festival of Indian Dance;” The MIAAC Film Festival Director’s Reception; Sakhi’s 20th Anniversary Gala; Fashion Week 2010. The company has also been featured in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, NY1, News India Times, South Asian Times, Bibi Magazine and other publications with reviews such as the company “electrified the audience, mixing elements of both, traditional eastern and modern western dance, into a lively and upbeat routine” as well as “combined stamina, skill and wonderful glee” and “danced with irresistible good humor and high energy,” from Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic of The New York Times. The Company hosted a sold-out premiere showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in and has also performed at The Peabody Essex Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Museum of Art & Design, Emelin Theater and Martha Stewart’s Living Space.