Category Archive: Announcements

Celebrate Holi with Utpalasia!

Come celebrate Holi Festival with us at Durga Temple this coming Saturday, March 3 as some of our junior dancers present Bollywood and Kathak items in the cultural program, which begins at 1:30. Holika Dahan will be from 5:30 to 5:30pm. Details are available here:

International Festival in Alexandria

Join us tomorrow for the International Festival in Alexandria, Virginia when Utpalasia kicks off the show at 12pm with Bollywood classics and some new hits! It promises to be a beautiful day, so why not grab the kids and come out to Waterfront Park to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities!

Happy Dashain 2017

A very Happy Dashain to all from everyone here at Utpalasia! Join us at Durga Temple in Fairfax Station on September 30 as we participate in the annual Dussehra Cultural Program. Students from some of our classes will be presenting two Bollywood items and a traditional Kathak religious piece from 5:00-6:00pm. More info: We hope to see you there!


Utpalasia’s 10th Anniversary: Celebrating Asian Culture & the Arts

We turned 10 this month! It has been quite a journey, beginning with Nepal Dance School in 2007 and culminating in today’s Utpalasia. During that time we transformed ourselves and our programs, focusing more on public engagement and education while continuing to attract students interested in learning dance and music through classes and workshops. Our performances have always been geared to presenting Asian culture and heritage, particularly that of Nepal and Tibet, in order to bring recognition, foster appreciation, and continue preservation of these unique and incredibly beautiful art forms.  Utpalasia is truly an unusual venture; we are woman-owned, boast of our own in-house composer and two choreographers, have a costume designer at the ready, and a tech guy to keep us running smoothly. Our thanks to them, and to all of you, for your suggestions and input, participation and enthusiasm, energy and devotion as we continue on our path into the future. We hope we will continue to surprise and delight you, the audience, in the years to come!


Cordula Sturm Dahal 2017

Bhim Dahal 2007

Bhim Dahal 2017

Tasherit Sturm Dahal 2007

Tasherit Sturm Dahal 2017

Happy International Interpreter & Translator Day!

What’s in a word? More than you think! Interpreters (spoken word) and translators (written word) are on the front lines of both hometown and international communication. Skilled wordsmiths with incredibly diverse backgrounds and specialties, they open up the world to new possibilities and greater understanding between people in business, government, academic institutions, sports, and virtually every other field. The training for this profession involves years of education, practical application, and constant awareness of regional and global changes so that meaning, and not just words, can be accurately rendered in a target language from the source language (or in both directions!) We love bringing people together through the magic of languages. Go to our “Services” page for more info about interpretation and translation in German, French, Nepali, and Hindi!multilingual

Registration for Fall Classes Begins!

After a long, hot summer it’s time to get back into form with classes in Indian Kathak and Bollywood! So grab your dance bag, take off those shoes, strap on your ghungroos and make plans to attend India School’s 2016-2017 registration this coming Sunday, September 18, starting at 10 am. New and returning students will be placed in the appropriate level by our instructors on the first day of class, September 25th. More info at:

International Dance Day 2016


April 29 is International Dance Day, the global celebration of poetic movement, rhythmic motion, and expressive artistry. No matter what the style, dance – like music – is a language of imagination, universally understood and appreciated. So put on your best shoes (or take them off!) and let the music and your inner fantasy take you wherever they may. Happy Dancing!!

Happy Easter!


Happy Holi!

Wishing all of our families, friends, and students a very happy Holi, the festival of colors. Holi – or Phagu Purnima – celebrates the start of spring.




Photo by National Geographic

Vajrayogini Dance at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum

Senior dancer, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, will be performing the Vajrayogini dance, a charya nritya, or meditative Buddhist dance, as part of Kites of Asia, a free family program at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum this Saturday from 10:30-3 pm. The Vajrayogini is a rare and beautiful dance in which the qualities of a dakini, or spiritual muse, are personified and in which the dancer ‘becomes’ the being she portrays. Kites of Asia will also feature other dance and music performances by Utpalasia, along with workshops and activities for children of all ages. For more info, go to