Rika is a young woman from Broome in Western Australia. She is a descendant of the Yawuru, Bunaba and Bardi people in the Kimberley Region. She joined Bangarra in 2015.
She has recently completed studying her Diploma of Professional Dance Performance at NAISDA Dance College, where she was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Award.
Within the four years at NAISDA Rika has been a part of their many productions and during her time there was invited to create an Indigenous Contemporary piece on school children to perform at the Central Coast Dance Festival. She completed a secondment with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, where she was part of their choreographic workshop in developing the work Articulating Landscapes, working with choreographer Penny Mullins. Rika also took part in the Centenary of Canberra dance project with QL2’s production Hit the Floor.
Rika has worked with a number of choreographers including Iquail Shaheed (Horton Technique), Shaun Parker, Craig Bary, Frances Rings, Gary Lang, Patrick Thaiday and Raymond Blanco, as well as many cultural tutors from communities around Australia.
Rika has travelled to the communities of Saibai and Moa in the Torres Strait, and Elcho Island in the Northern Territory, to study cultural dance under the guidance of Elders and cultural tutors.
She has also taught extensively throughout her time at NAISDA, culminating in workshops at the 2014 Garma festival, as well as being the featured female dance in her final year performance of Your Skin My Skin, directed by Frances Rings.
Rika will make her debut for the company dancing in lore as part of the national tour from June.