Category Archive: Dance

Dance and GIS

Discover how science is helping to track the creative process and spatial relationships in dance using GIS. Tracking allows dancers to see only themselves or where they are in the group during performances. Storylines can be analyzed, refined, and improved with this system, and hotspot mapping can avoid dancers overusing given space on stage. Check it out at: Fascinating stuff!!

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!

Durga Temple Cultural Performance

Thanks to all who turned out to support our youngest dancers as they enchanted the audience with their Bollywood and Kathak items for Dussehra/Dashain at Durga Temple on Saturday. It was exciting to see our performers present original choreography by Tasherit with so much grace and charm. You rocked the stage and the house!!


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 Teej!

The women of Nepal are thronging Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu and their natal village homes to celebrate a unique festival which takes places each year in the month of Bhadau. Resplendent in their red saris, sindoor powder, glass bangles, and tilhari necklaces women sing and dance and perform cultural programs. The festival begins lasts for five days and includes prayer, fasting, puja, nightly vigils, and ritual bathing. You can see more here:

A woman dance during Haritalika Teej Festival at Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in the capital on Thursday. During the festival, Nepalese Hindu women observe a day-long fast and pray for their husbands and for a happy married life. Those who are unmarried pray for a good husband. August 24, 2017. PHOTO/SANJOG MANANDHAR

Bollywood in San Francisco

We ran into a couple of familiar faces while checking out the nightlife in San Francisco…Bollywood, is indeed, everywhere…