All of us at Utpalasia are thrilled to be celebrating our 15th anniversary serving the Washington, DC Metro area with cultural heritage programs, wellness and social action events, dance and music classes and workshops, and the CID International Dance Certification. Our newest collaboration with A Mind For Change promises even more ways for us to… Continue reading 15 Years of Utpalasia!
Utpalasia Partners with A Mind for Change We’re super excited to announce our partnership with A Mind for Change, a new Meetup group located in the Washington DC area, offering both in person and online events. Dedicated to ‘a happier and healthier you’, A Mind for Change is a growing multicultural, inclusive community that organizes… Continue reading Wellness & Self Care
Join us July 9, 2022 as we explore traditional music from Southeast Asia. See live demonstrations of Himalayan instruments, learn about scales and beat cycles, discover how music shapes dance forms, and see a variety of dance demos from India and Nepal. The event is free and includes an interactive mini-workshop in folk dance. Location:… Continue reading Outreach Saturday
Time to celebrate another year of creativity, energy, and passion for dance by getting out there and moving to your own beat or with like-minded enthusiasts in a class or workshop. To get you inspired, he’s a peek at a classic Bollywood wedding medley with choregrapher, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, and talented young dancer, Azaarine! https://bit.ly/3KntW3m… Continue reading Dance Day 2022
Thanks to all who turned out for the University of Mary Washington’s Multicultural Festival. After a hiatus of two years, we were eager to hit the stage again and audience enthusiasm was as energetic as the dance performances!
Utpalasia is delighted to announce our first award ceremony for the International Certification of Dance Studies. We will be honoring students who have completed the 150 hour training requirement and who have passed the rigorous practical, theoretical, and technical examination. This year we are awarding levels one through three. Short performances will follow the presentation.… Continue reading CID Awards
The foremost master of classical Indian Kathak dance, Pandit ji Birju Maharaj, passed away on January 17, 2022. He gave the world a unique glimpse of master storytelling through dance with skill, finesse, and beauty. Born into the most prestigious family of Kathak artists – Shambhu Maharaj, Lachhu Maharaj, and Acchan Maharaj – he was… Continue reading Pandit ji Birju Maharaj Passes
Utpalasia is honored to be among the speakers for the International Dance Council – CID UNESCO online seminar to explore and discuss “Indian Dance in the Americas.” We will be joined by professional educators, as well as artists and dancers from around the globe providing inciteful glimpses into the challenges faced, and current innovations implemented,… Continue reading CID UNESCO Seminar
We had the pleasure of presenting a new group of students with their International Dance Council memberships last month. Each of these motivated young dancers is a candidate pursuing their Certification in Dance Studies for the year 2021 with Utpalasia. The Conseil International de la Danse (also known as CID) is an official partner of… Continue reading Utpalasia Celebrates Newest CID Members
We are immensely saddened by the passing last week in Nepal of honored mentor and beloved teacher, Laxmi Nath Shrestha (1949 – 2020). I had the privilege and honor of studying with Laxmi ji at the University of Heidelberg (SAI Institute). His unique instruction of the Nepali language, often interspersed with cultural anecdotes, was engaging… Continue reading In Memoriam: Laxmi Nath Shrestha