Born and raised in Odisha in India, Sarika spent around 12 years training in the Indian classical dance form called Odissi. The pieces in this style narrate religious and spiritual stories and devotional poems through intricate body movements and expressions.
Sarika trained under Guru Shri Niranjan Rout in Odisha and she was an active member of “Nupur Dance academy”. She performed at reputed festivals like ‘Puri Beach Festival’ and ‘Konark Dance Festival’ for eight years.
Sarika started teaching Bollywood dance when she moved to America. She has given many solo and group performances at big events like – Festival of Colors USA, Annual Polynesian Event, ISA- Annual Indian Students Association event. She has conducted many workshops at Repertory Dance Theatre, Salt Lake Community College, Birmingham University, UVU –Salt Lake and Granite school district and more.
Within a couple years, her infectious energy has motivated the Bollywood lovers of Utah to participate in events with more enthusiasm. People leave Sarika’s class smiling and asking for more. Despite her full time office job, time with her son, Sarika’s commitment to her dance community in Salt Lake is commendable!