Uttara Asha Coorlawala,(Ph.D. New York University)has taught dance courses at Barnard College and at Princeton University, NJ. Her articles have been published in dance journals and anthologies. Her recent projects was researching changing demographies of culture in the USA and co-curating the Erasing Borders Dance Festival in New York city. Uttara danced with New York based dance companies while running a dance program at The Spence School, New York. Her own choreography and solo show, brought modern dance, BharataNatyam and yoga, to the dance stages of India, Europe, East Europe, Japan and the United States. She served as a Performing Arts advisor to the late prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and to the National Center of Performing Arts, Mumbai.