Bhangra Workshop Leader
Soni Dasmohapatra is a passionate consultant, educator and arts practitioner who uses yoga and somatics as pathways of self discovery, healing and artistic creation. (www.sonidasmohapatra.com)
Soni has built her career for over twenty years in the sectors of government, higher learning, non-profit, public education and philanthropy, across Canada and Internationally.
Currently she is a sessional instructor in the Arts and Cultural Management Department at MacEwan University. This term she is teaching AGAD 301, Cultural Policy and Diplomacy. Soni has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Victoria and a certificate in gender studies and human rights from Oxford University, UK.
Soni has been involved in the Alberta arts, cultural and Heritage sector since she was a child. She is a trained classical Indian Kathak dancer. Soni is a choreographer of folk dances from India such as bhangra, as well as Bollywood. She has been a cultural administrator in the areas of Canadian Heritage and Arts in Alberta and Ontario. She has collaborated with Skirts Afire to be a story teller in the documentary " Covid Collections" that was featured in the 2021 Edmonton International Film Festival. As part of her community work in Edmonton she is a board member Azimuth Theater and a member of Thirdspace Playback Company. In 2021 she attended the Postmarginal Edmonton theater forum. She presented the Bhangra in YEG workshop at the 2022 Magpie Festival held by Mile Zero Dance.