Mentors 2021

Maulik Shah

The renowned Kathak dancer, Maulik Shah stands apart amongst the foremost classical dancers of India not only for his exceptional command & authority over his medium; but also, for his innovative approach in presentation. He embodies the new spirit in the field of Indian classical dance. Maulik Shah is a disciple of an eminent dancer and choreographer PadmaBhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia. He is a recipient of ‘Gaurav Puruskaar,’ by the Govt. of Gujrat. He has also received prestigious awards like the ‘Sringarmani’ award by SurSingar Samsad and Navdeep award by Navdeep Pratisthan.

Not only as a dancer, but also as a choreographer, he has displayed his creative excellence. His choreographic endeavor reflects the synthesis of highest level of sensitivity and intelligence. He has attracted newer and larger audiences to kathak dance through his productions.

Maulik has performed at many reputed events and in various festivals throughout India; he has been a cultural ambassador to as many as 35 countries around the world. Maulik is designated by the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR) New Delhi, as an Artist of outstanding Category.

Maulik is one of the very few TOP grade artists on Indian television. Central Production Center (CPC) New Delhi has recorded his production ‘Roopmati Bazbahadur’ for a nationwide telecast.

He has been a member of Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Academy. He is on the jury for audition at Ahmedabad television.

In 1995 He established a school of kathak dance; ‘anart’. He has undertaken the task of moulding the younger talent of the country for the professional stage of classical dance with dedication. Students of anart are spread as far as in Canada and the USA. Anart is taking the shape of a ‘Gurukul’ where advance students spend a major part of their daily routine with their teachers.

Misty Wensel

Misty (U of R/ B.Ed in Dance) is a co-founder, dancer, and choreographer with Regina based FadaDance Troupe. Dancing with this trio informs her creative spirit, while affording her the opportunity to create inquisitive works of contemporary dance. Currently FadaDance Troupe is engaged in the development of Slow Burn – a dance experiment in meditation and ritual, through the support of The Canada Council of The Arts. In 2004 Misty established FadaDance Studio, a contemporary dance school the first of its kind in Regina, SK. Here she shares her craft with students and peers.

Misty’s dance practice flows from a place of exploration; impromptu responses to DJ mixes, social interactions, and an ongoing curiosity about land & place fuel her work. Misty is recognized for her Kathak infused work in contemporary dance. This ever-evolving body of work is deeply supported through mentorship and opportunity offered by master practitioner Joanna De Souza of M-Do Toronto. Most recently Misty has the opportunity to deepen this study through M-Do’s online class offerings. De Souza & Wensel’s full length ensemble collaboration Bardo (2018) toured 5 cities in India through the support of The Canada Council of The Arts. Misty is deeply honored to be part of Angikam (2021), this invitation will offer a space to further evolve the correlation of traditional work with a contemporary sensibility.

Misty is inspired by the vast landscape of Saskatchewan, and is currently considering the impact colonization has had on Indigenous peoples. Helping inform her place in Treaty 4 Territory, Misty is fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with pow wow dancer Chasity Delorme. From a place of inquiry and working towards a deeper understanding of her settler roots, she is working on Acknowledgement (Chasity Delorme, Kris Alvarez), Museum of Her (Judy Wensel), as well as her ensemble work Trails, all through the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.