Outreach Saturday

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

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

Bollywood Fusion & Kathak Dance Classes

Utpalasia’s classes have started for the Fall Semester, but it’s still not too late to register! Join us every Sunday at India School in Bethesda http://bit.ly/2kJBKqu or plan to attend Cerdafied Dance Studio’s newest classes in Bollywood Fusion featuring Tasherit every Thursday evening http://bit.ly/2mr8IfG. We offer beginner to advanced levels for both children and adults.… Continue reading Bollywood Fusion & Kathak Dance Classes

Spring Performances

Spring is a wonderful time to get motivated, energized, and ready to hit the outdoors and the warmer weather. Bring the family and enjoy performances and workshops in Kathak, Bollywood, and Himalayan folk dance at one of our many events. Next up – UMW’s Multicultural Festival on April 13. Mark your calendars now!

2019 Move Me Festival Is On!

Join us this coming Saturday, March 16, at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA for the 10th Annual Move Me Festival. The event is FREE and runs from 1 – 4 pm. See dancers from Utpalasia and India School perform Bollywood hits and classical Kathak dance. Bring the family and participate in our afternoon workshop… Continue reading 2019 Move Me Festival Is On!

Celebrating Refugees

  We had an epic day at the One Journey Festival held on the lawn outside the impressive National Cathedral in Washington DC. The weather was on our side, the artists were amazing, the food delicious, the music terrific, and the message clear: Welcome Refugees. Thanks to all of our beautiful and talented dancers who… Continue reading Celebrating Refugees