Swagatam — Welcome!

Utpalasia is an organization committed to creating and inspiring an artistic community with authentic connections to the traditional dances and music of Nepal, India, and Tibet. We are the bridge to Himalayan and South Asian cultural diversity through the arts.

Explore. Engage. Enrich.

Utpalasia is a member of the International Dance Council – CID, official partner of UNESCO, located in Paris, France.

Learn more about earning your International Certification of Dance Studies.


Dance Classes

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Join our First Mondays of the Month drop-in classes for Bollywood (no experience required) from 5-6pm EST, or register now for the full Fall semester of classical Indian Kathak, Bollywood Fusion, or Nepali/Himalayan folk dance. Semester classes run September 12 through December 19, 2021.

Bollywood Fusion

The Utpalasia Experience

With words as well as choreography you took us magically into the rich culture of Nepal reflected in delicate gestures, lovely dance, tinkling bells, and flashing costumes!

Donn B. Murphy, President, Executive Director
The National Theatre

It is we who should be giving thanks here. Your years of practice and planning led to the masterful contributions you shared with our audience.

Phil Nash, Curator
Smithsonian Institution

Your presence and performance here today has offered both insight and inspiration into the Asian culture. Your vibrant music and dance serve as snapshots, highlighting the diverse, rich and intricate customs that have influenced Asia for centuries. By sharing this experience with us, you have deepened our appreciation for the strength, honor, beauty and wisdom woven into the fabrics of Asian culture.

Colonel D. J. Choike, Commander
Marine Corps Base Quantico