As a classically trained, international Odissi dance performer for the past 20 years, Sonia is also an inspired choreographer. She is artistic director of Sonia St-Michel Creations, an organization dedicated to artistic research, creation and dissemination of works involving collaborations across diverse mediums and artistic practices. Sonia’s Odissi training began in Canada and then continued in India under the tutelage of Smt. Aloka Panikar and Smt. Sujata Mohapatra. She was initiated to western classical singing by Stephanie Beames and Jonathan Voyer. Her work has been presented in theatres, festivals and art galleries in Canada and abroad in venues such as the Odissi International festival in India, Galeria Rosenblueth in Mexico, the Ottawa Dance Directive, the Kalanidhi Fine Arts and Alliance Française in Toronto, Tangente and Festival Accès Asie in Montreal. Committed to promoting arts education she teaches Odissi dance and offers school workshops across Quebec and Ontario.