Rika is from Broome in Western Australia. She is a descendant of the Yawuru, Bunaba, Bardi and Jaru people in the Kimberley Region. Rika also shares Japanese, Chinese and Scottish ancestry.
Before joining Bangarra in 2015, Rika studied dance at NAISDA Dance College, where she was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Award.
She 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.