6th Annual Move Me Festival

Interested in a Bollywood or Nepali folk dance workshop? Join us at the 6th Annual Move Me Festival this coming Saturday, March 21, for a day of wonderful family activities. Details may be found at: http://www.bmdc.org/outreach/move-me-festival. All events are FREE. Hope to see you there!

NDS & YAV at The Hill School

NDS will be presenting a full day of Himalayan dance and music at The Hill School in Middleburg on March 12th. This program is part of our series created for Young Audiences of Virginia and will be exploring some of the similarities, influences, and exchanges between Nepal, Tibet, and China. Performances will include rare Buddhist and typical village dances, followed by interactive workshops. We are excited to have this opportunity to share Himalayan traditions and performance arts with the students and staff of this amazing school!

India School Spring Semester

It’s still not too late to join our Bollywood and Kathak classes at India School in Bethesda. Whether your interests are to learn a classical Indian dance style or just rev up that energy with the latest Bollywood songs, we have a level to fit your needs. Classes run Sunday mornings at Thomas Pyle Middle School. Details can be found at: http://www.indiaschoolinc.com/

New Vintage Himalaya Items on Etsy!

We’ve recently added some exquisite vintage items to our beautiful collection of Himalayan jewelry and handicrafts on Etsy. Check out our traditional and updated styles of pote bead necklaces and earrings, sterling silver designer creations, clay incense burners, and Tibetan prayer flags! Every item in our shop, Yak Yak Yak Nepal, has a rich story to tell. We love to share our heritage through wearable art! Check us out at: http://goo.gl/j9KvNc

Classes Start at India School in Bethesda

Kathak and Bollywood classes started on Sunday, September 21 at India School in Bethesda, MD, but it’s not too late to register. Currently, NDS is offering Kathak levels I, II, and III and Bollywood for children ages 7-14. Join us as we introduce new students to the beauty of classical dance or the high aerobic energy of Bollywood. Continuing and advanced students will be challenged with new material and the latest hit songs. Registration can be done online at http://www.indiaschoolinc.com/ or in person at the school. We hope to see you there!

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