National inter-uni dance competition 2014

Image from a performance of the UK Nepali national inter-uni dance competition 2014, held in Bournemouth and hosted by the Bournemouth University Nepalese Students Society

Dance has been a core part of Nepali culture, through its diverse peoples and cultural traditions from the earliest of times. Almost all of its festivals, of great social, cultural and religious-spiritual importance, feature dance to greater or lesser extents, and in many cases the dance elements of these constitute key features of the given festival, being a means — along with songs and singing — of participators being directly involved in the spiritual, social and religious purposes of the festival.

In contemporary Nepal however, Dance extends increasingly beyond its long-established place in festivals and traditional cultural social activity and community-wide interaction.

Articles & video links:

Nepali Folk Dance at the National Theatre:

Nepa Dance Academy

Just Dance! Nepali Times article

Nepali modern mix dance New Year 2070 You Tube video

Nepali pop modern dance You Tube video