NDS at the 5th Annual Bowen McCauley Move Me Festival

Here’s an event for the whole family – the Move Me Festival on April 26 from 1-5 pm. NDS is partnering with Bowen McCauley Dance to present a colorful and multicultural day of dance and music. We’ll be performing Nepali folk and Bollywood and offering workshops for each style. Don’t miss the costume exhibit with beautiful pieces from around the world. NDS will have their Lakhe, king of demons, and Manjusri, god of wisdom, costumes on display.

UMW Multicultural Fair on April 12

NDS will be participating in the University of Mary Washington’s Annual Multicultural Fair this coming Saturday, April 12 from 10 am to 5 pm. We’ll be under our awesome orange tent with Himalayan jewelry, clothing, and handicrafts from our Yak Yak Yak Nepal shop. All of our items are handmade and unique. Find that special statement necklace or pick up a Tibetan spinning prayer ring. We’ll have embroidered hemp bags and lungis (wrap skirts) to help you usher in the spring weather, too! Visit our Google+ page for more information.

Kites of Asia Wrap-Up

Kites of Asia at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum was a roaring success! Check out some photos of the event. Kids had a terrific time making music with traditional Himalayan instruments and visiting the Buddhist auspicious symbol coloring table. They also got moving to the sounds of popular Bollywood and Nepali folk songs after the performances. The fun wasn’t just limited to kids, though — many parents got up and danced with us, too!

Our youngest dancer, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, did a solo Kathak dance performance and thrilled the audience with her vivacious spins and footwork. Bhim Dahal performed for the first time on the sarangi, a stringed folk instrument of Nepal, and was accompanied by Cordula Sturm Dahal on the harmonium and madal.

The Yeti, known as the Abominable Snowman (a term which was first coined in 1921), is said to inhabit the Himalayas. One thing is for sure — he appeared this past weekend! We had a wonderful time introducing everyone to our furry friend. Our Yeti tells us that he was disappointed he couldn’t actually eat anyone. Maybe next year!   ;)

We had an awesome time performing at this year’s Kites of Asia festival. A special thank you to:

  • Mychalene Giampaoli, our favorite, super-dynamic director of family programs at the Air & Space museum (you are one amazing lady!)
  • Agustin, her second-in-command and top coordinator
  • Paul, the AV guy who came armed with a totally new system
  • Shauna, a fellow dancer & geologist
  • Kristine, one of our former students and a museum intern
  • Anne (who still remembers working with us way back when!)
  • And many, many more!!

Remember, if you liked any of the dances or instruments you saw, we want to see you in one of our classes!

 

Alexandria Day School

Nepal Dance School will be presenting an in-house program for the Alexandria Day School this coming Monday. We are kicking off their Festival of Learning by showcasing Himalayan legends through dance and music. After the performance, students will be invited to participate and learn Nepali folk dance steps to traditional songs.

NDS at Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day

Join Nepal Dance School (and our special guest, the Yeti) as we present a day of family programs in conjunction with the Kites of Asia festival at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Activities will include Himalayan Buddhist and folk, classical Indian Kathak, and Bollywood dances. Come and make music with us at our interactive music corner and learn about the many instruments of the region. There will also be a coloring center for younger children. Performances will be followed by audience participation workshops. The event is free! http://goo.gl/MwnwaO

Spring Registration for India School

Classes for the Spring semester have started at India School. Kathak (Level 2) begins at 10:10, and Kathak (Level 1) and Children’s Bollywood start at 11:20. Students are also welcome to attend the short assembly in the cafeteria of Thomas W. Pyle Middle School at 10 a.m.

India School Registration

The start of the next semester at India School is fast approaching. Registration for the fall semester will be held Sunday, September 15th at the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Classes will begin on Sunday, September 22nd and we’ll be offering Kathak and Bollywood classes.

Journey to the East @ the Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art

NDS Artistic Director Bhim Dahal will be performing rare Buddhist dances at the Freer Gallery of Art & the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery each weekend through the month of September. Join us as we kick off Journey to the East this Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. with performances of the Lakhe and Manjusri dances on the Freer steps.

Families with children between the ages of 8-14 can register for the Sackler’s Imaginasia program, which features a a guided tour of the gallery, hands-on activities about Shakyamuni Buddha, and a class demonstrating Buddhist hand gestures and body positions.

Admission is free. Additional details can be found on the Freer and Sackler Gallery’s events page.

We hope to see you here!

Bracelet & Earring Sections Launched on Yak Yak Yak Nepal

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We are launching our bracelet and earring collections on Etsy today with a series of traditional Buddhist and Hindu pieces. Check out our fabulous Newari “bucket” earrings, or our unique double-sided eternal knot earrings! Bracelet lovers everywhere – take a look at our turquoise, coral, and lapis lazuli hinged bracelets and find the stone that fits you, your personality, and your style!

We’re on Pinterest!

We have a lot of great photos we want to share with you and we felt that, in addition to Google+, Pinterest would be a great place to showcase them. Therefore, you’ll now be able to find us on Pinterest as Nepal Dance School!

In the future, we’ll be pinning images of Nepal, featured items from our Etsy shop, Yak Yak Yak Nepal, Kathak dance, and more.