Dance Day 2022

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

CID Awards

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

Pandit ji Birju Maharaj Passes

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

CID UNESCO Seminar

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

Utpalasia Celebrates Newest CID Members

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

In Memoriam: Laxmi Nath Shrestha

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

Himalayan Vintage & Designer Art

Summer has arrived with a big blast of heat. Some of us are out and about in our jobs, others are working online, and many are still sheltering safely at home. While we are all navigating the ‘new normal’, one thing to keep in mind is self-care. Do good things – eat better, exercise more… Continue reading Himalayan Vintage & Designer Art

Advanced Kathak Workshops – Summer 2020

Kathak is one of the main classical Indian dances that inspires and delights audiences with its fast spins, energetic footwork, intricate hand moves, and artistic presentation. Jaipur and Lucknow, the two principal schools of Kathak, differ considerably. The former is more athletic and vibrant, while the latter has a subtler and more emotive style. Like… Continue reading Advanced Kathak Workshops – Summer 2020