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Education and outreach work

We are passionate about education and outreach work using dance, specifically Kathak and other Indian dance forms.  We believe in the positive impact dance has on our physical and mental wellbeing, regardless of age and ability. Participants typically leave our workshops feeling energised, having made new friends and having discovered new things about not just another culture, but also about themselves! We also often combine our workshops with formal/informal performances by our trainers.



We can deliver tailored workshops to:

  • School children across all age groups (including drama, dance and literature students)

  • Community groups

  • Hospitals

  • Elderly people

  • Corporates - small businesses or departments of large organisations

  • General public


While we create/ adapt each workshop to the specific audience and objectives of the session, we typically deliver workshops on:

  • Exploring rhythm

  • Appreciation of South Asian dance (Kathak)

  • Hindu mythology/culture/festivals

  • CPD for vocational dance courses/qualifications

  • Intensive Kathak courses are also possible, leading to the creation of a small performance piece for participants to take away or perform

Sonia teaching an open workshop at de Montfort University, Leicester

SLDC associate Jaina Modasia teaching school students at Malmesbury

Some of our past workshops

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Photo credit: Jen O'Brien

Our City Dances Festival, Brighton

Performance and workshop with general public (people of all ages) as part of this large open air Festival.

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Multicultural Festival, London

Workshop with elderly people and their families as part of London's Multicultural Festival. 


Photo credit: Spiffy Photography

WOMAD Festival 2019

Weeklong dance & music workshops with 100 students from various schools in Malmesbury culminating in the opening performance at WOMAD Festival 2019.

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King Edwards School workshops

Kathak workshops and new work sharing with students across King Edwards VI School and King Edward VI High School for Girls (Birmingham)

Rushey Mead School, Leicester

Kathak workshop with BTEC Dance students who learnt a variety of traditional dance steps and then developed it into a short dance piece. The workshop contributed to their BTEC qualification.

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Kathak dance intensive, Kenya

Two-day Kathak dance intensive in Mombasa, Kenya. Students learned Kathak technique and history.


Linzi Whitton, Studio and Programme Manager, The Dance Space

“Sona Lisa Dance Company performed at Our City Dances Festival, Brighton in June 2019. They performed beautifully and led an interactive workshop – expertly engaging a whole host of ages, abilities and demographics. They had the whole festival dancing Kathak, joyfully!”

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