Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and light designer, Uma Vashist started her Kathak training with Smt. Vaswati Misra at the prestigious Bhartiya Kala Kendra and with Smt. Reba Vidyarthi at Kathak Kendra. Uma furthered her training under the guidance of Guru Dr. Maya Rao, a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Uma also completed her choreography course work at the Natya Institute of Choreography, New Delhi.
Energy, vitality, authenticity, and antiquity of folk dances of India always attracted Uma and she studied folk dances in-depth at the Indian Revival Group. With her expertise in the folk dances of India, she has received acclaims for her performances of Manipuri sword dance, martial arts-based dances, and dancing on the edge of a sword while balancing many clay pots on her head.
Uma has performed extensively all over India and in Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Bangkok. Uma is known for working with school children, where she not only choreographs and teaches dance to children, but also instills the values of empathy, self-respect, and self-esteem in her students. She has choreographed numerous dance pieces and dance dramas for students at many prestigious schools in India. She has trained thousands of school children to dance by balancing pots on their heads. Uma has worked at the Cambridge School, New Delhi as a dance teacher and choreographer. Currently, she is working as a full-time dance teacher at the Kulachi Hansraj Model School, a branch of DAV. Uma provides dance workshops at various organizations.
In addition to her dance accomplishments, Uma also trained in the art of Lighting Design with Guru Harish Jain at the Adhishwar Stagers. Some of her lighting design endeavors include lighting design at the Prime Minister House, for the productions of Sangeet Natak Akademi, and the performances of major dancers of India Vaswati Misra and Shovana Narayan.