Karishma Sharma, Founder & Artistic Director

 
Karishma found her passion for dance when her mother signed her up for her first dance class at Mumbai's premiere dance school - Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA) to study Jazz and Afro Jazz. She was placed in the institute's very first Special Potential Performers' batch to train as a Company Dancer and had an extensive performance career for the next 10 years. 

Karishma was selected by Shiamak to dance in the famous Bollywood movie Dil to Pagal Hai, which earned him a National Award for choreography.

When Karishma moved to the Bay Area in 2000, she studied ballet and modern dance for 4 years at Dance Mission, ODC in SF. She performed and choreographed for local organizations such as Dance Mission(SF), Zingaris, Counterpulse, GarageSF, Brahmakumari Society and ASHA and got recognized for her creativity, high energy and versatility in her dance pieces.  

Karishma spearheaded the first Bollywood dance fitness program at the India Community Center in 2005. She has been invited by several bay area schools and colleges as a guest lecturer and instructor to discuss and demonstrate Indian dance forms, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz being one of them. 

She founded Monsoon Dance Company in 2008 while managing a full time consulting career. Karishma brings a unique perspective to her work, continually exploring dance stories through Indian dance forms in a contemporary light.

Karishma is trained in Kathak for over 10 yrs in the Lucknow Gharana. She underwent numerous workshop trainings at the leading Kathak dance academy in Ahmedabad, Kadamb. She furthered her training under Guru Prashant Shah, senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia and is now part of their dance company - Prashant Shah & Dancers. Karishma loves combining rigorous ootwork with the agility in the movements that Kathak demands, while preserving the authentic form of Kathak but also experimenting its contemporary elements.





 

Riddhi Kapoor (Company Member)

Dancing makes me the Happiest” is the mantra Riddhi swears by. Her love for dance started at the age of 3, along with her mother’s support. Riddhi initially trained in the Indian classical dance form Kathak in Chennai, India for 7 years under Mrs. Sengupta. She also studied Rajasthani folk dance for 5 years She discovered her passion for Bollywood dance when she attended a workshop at Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA) and went on to do several stage shows. Her passion for teaching started while choreographing for school/college events, family/ friend’s weddings and helping out with her co-trainers classes. She moved to the Bay area in 2014. Dancing gives her the adrenalin to learn, perform and teach more.


Riddhi joined Monsoon Dance Company in 2017 and has not looked back since! Riddhi started teaching the Adult dance class in 2017. She is thrilled when she is able to delight her students with her upbeat and stylized Bollywood moves. She led her students to their first successful performance in MDC's annual showcase - Melange 2017.


 
       
        


Kinni Mistry (Instructor)

Kinni loves to dance and express herself. She considers her mother, a Bharatnatyam dancer, as her key source of inspiration. Kinni started dancing at the age of 10. She studied Jazz dance in college for a few years as well as Indian folk and classical. She performed in a variety  in multiple dance showcases. 

Kinni has 10 yrs of teaching dance especially to young children. Kinni has been teaching kids and preteens at Monsoon for 3 years. She encourages her kids to express and find creativity in themselves.

Kinni also teaches yoga and integrates her practice with dance to enrich the mind, body and the soul.

 




 
Sandeep Bhalla (Instructor)


Sandeep trained with Monsoon and is now teaching kids and pereteens classes. She also performed with the Company in the last production Mélange 2019. Sandeep enjoys dancing and performing a variety of dance styles ranging from Indian folk (Bhangra) to Bollywood.



 

 Shweta Menon (Company Member)

 
Coli Mangroo (Company Member) 
 Ruchi Gupta (Company Member)