Utpalasia was proud to be a part of the 33rd Annual UMW Multicultural Festival on Saturday. Although the rain drove performances inside, audiences were ready to enjoy Bollywood and Kathak fusion songs along with an Aamaachori – ‘mother and daughter’ – traditional Himalayan folk number. Special thanks to @tasherit.sturmdahal and our partner organization @amindforchange for… Continue reading Cultural Festival 2023
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
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
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
Fall Semester Dance Classes
Time to get fit and healthy for those long hours you know are coming in front of a computer screen as more and more people work remotely and schools begin their online fall semester. Workout machines are great, but nothing matches the joy and excitement of getting up and dancing your heart out. Utpalasia is… Continue reading Fall Semester Dance Classes
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 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!