Utkarsh Dance Academy wowed guests at Folkmoot in 2001 and 2004 and Folkmoot is proud to have the team returning again this year. The dance company was founded in 1994 in the famous city of Surat located in Gujarat, India, and has been entertaining for 22 years. They are an Indian Government registered company that specializes in Indian classical dance, Indian Folk Dances, and Bollywood dances.
Mrs. Behnaz S Todiwala is both Director and Founder of the dance company. She has been recognized for her extraordinary contribution to society in the field of dance. She desires for the Academy to be more than practical and theoretical knowledge of the dance forms, but most importantly, she wants to help students understand cultures of countries across the world.
Performing at the festival this year are 22 dancers and two talented musicians. The group is also bringing a hair and makeup artist to incorporate traditional styles. One of the most popular classical dances that Utkarsh will be performing is Bharatnatyam. This dance was initially performed in temples as part of religious ceremonies. Costumes are typically colorful with gold borders and flare to make every twirl more striking.