Nachte Raho

Welcome to the official Indian Student Alliance's Nachte Raho website, made by the University of Iowa web designers! 

For the past sixteen  years, Nachte Raho has been a thriving cultural program at the University of Iowa. The tremendous success over the past few years, has quickly made us one of the biggest intercollegiate dance competition in the Midwest. We finished out 2018 with an amazing show at the brand new Hancher Auditorium. This year is our 17th year hosting this awe inspiring spectacle and we 
only plan on it growing! Our competition this year will feature the dance style of Bollywood Fusion.

Traditionally, eight teams are chosen among a range of applicants to compete in Iowa City. For the competition, each team prepares an eight to ten minute dance routine to compete for prize money.

This year, Nachte Raho 2019 will be hosting eight teams to compete for a total of $5,000 in prize money. We are also excited to announce that this year Nachte Raho will be a Legends Bid Point Competition and a Bollywood America Wildcard Competition.

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This year’s show will be held on March 9th, 2019, at the beautiful Hancher Auditorium!

Nachte Raho 2019 Livestream: 


On March 9th, 2019, the Indian Student Alliance (ISA) will be hosting its 17th annual dance competition, Nachte Raho®. Our competition features one of the many popular styles of Indian dance: Bollywood Fusion. Eight teams will be chosen to compete. This year, Nachte Raho will be a Legends Partner Competition and a Bollywood America wildcard competition and will follow their respective point allocations!

For each prospective team, there is a non-refundable $70 application fee for Regular Registration Applications and a $100 application fee for Late Registration Applications. If accepted, there will be an acceptance fee of $30/member that will be paid on March 8th during Nachte Raho 2019 registration. Teams will be required to pay this fee by method of check or online.


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Regular Registration Deadline: November 4th, 2018 @ 11:59PM CST
Late Registration Deadline: November 11th, 2018 @ 11:59PM CST





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Nachte Raho is a South-Asian dance competition which started out in 2003 as a small competition hosted by the University of Iowa's Indian Student Alliance. Now,  it has quickly transformed into one of the largest dance competitions in the Midwest and features the top teams from all across the country. This year’s Nachte Raho will take place on February 17th, 2018 in Hancher Auditorium Iowa City, Iowa. 

Tickets will go on sale January 2018, stay tuned. 

The Indian Student Alliance's Nachte Raho has also chosen a charity to support for the 2017-2018 year. Twenty percent of the ticket profits will go towards the Indian Development Relief Fund (IDRF). The organization does not discriminate and is located in many areas of India including Northern and Southern areas. IDRF supports many projects, that include providing healthcare in rural areas, towns and cities to those who cannot otherwise afford it. Also, IDRF has supported mobile medical clinics in hard-to-reach villages as well as treatment centers and hospital. These programs also educate people on good health practices like healthcare for pregnant women, immunization, and family planning.

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If you'd like to look at previous Nachte Raho videos, check out the ISA's Nachte Raho website:



Hancher Auditorium


Indian Student Alliance's Nachte Raho's has many different sponsorship levels. We have a Bronze, Sliver and Gold level. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for ISA's events, including Nachte Raho, please contact us at

Here are some of our sponsorships: 

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