Ishika Seth

 

Ishika Seth obtained a B.A. in Dance from San Jose State University with a specialization in Modern Dance and an extensive study of Ballet, Jazz, Yoga and Choreography. She has also done supportive work in Tap, Kathak and Belly Dance. She had the amazing opportunity to attend the American Dance Festival in 2005 and 2006 during which she participated in repertoire works of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Tere O’ Connor. In the Bay Area, she has performed with Monika Mark, Irva Hertz Picciotto, Brian Brooks and Suzanne Beahrs. She is also the Artistic Director of Ishika Seth & Dancers, her own Modern Dance Company and has showcased her work at various prestigious venues and festivals. She had the opportunity to choreograph Artistes Unlimited's first musical “En route” in 2006 in New Delhi, Stanford Savoyards’ production of “The Sorcerer” in 2007, Chthonic Theater’s “A Murmured Tale” in 2009 and San Jose Lyric Opera's production of "The Sorcerer" in 2011.

 

Before she came to the U.S. in 2003, Ishika studied Jazz with Ashley Lobo in New Delhi, India, for three years. She also studied Indian Contemporary Dance from Santosh Nair and performed with his company, Sadhya, for almost two years. In addition, she learnt Mayurbhanj Chhau from Guru J.J. Sai Babu at the Natya Ballet Centre in New Delhi. She was the President of the Dance Society of Lady Shriram College for a year and led the team to secure the first position in numerous competitions all over India!

 

Ishika first met Mona Khan in 2007 and began assisting Mona in class at Naach. Ishika quickly became a part of the professional troupe and an instructor at Naach and continued in the same capacity with the Mona Khan Company. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director of the Company.

 

Ishika began teaching Jazz and Creative Dance in India in 2002 but was introduced to Bollywood only through Mona Khan. She loves Mona’s unique style, which encompasses various dance genres and found in Mona an incredible mentor. As an instructor, Ishika believes in challenging her students, constantly pushing their limits and instilling the values of hard work, perseverance and commitment which are intrinsic to dance and life. She believes in creating a fun and supportive environment where everyone feels welcome, whether they are seasoned dancers or someone walking into a dance class for the very first time.

 

Teaching is an opportunity to share her experiences and she tries to give back what she has received from so many inspiring teachers. It is an opportunity to let her imagination go wild, and share the joy of dancing with people of all ages. She especially loves teaching the senior citizens group, Jollywood! Dance is her life; it defines her identity, her passion, her heart and soul. Being on stage is like nothing else, but even each hour spent rehearsing in the studio is incredibly special.

 

When she is not choreographing, dancing, teaching or obsessing about dance, she can be found hanging out with her crazy dance family, whom she cannot get enough of! She was the secretary of the Creative Writing Society of her college in India, where she received her first B.A., in English Literature. She also studied Hindustani Classical music for seven years. She enjoys writing, reading, watching movies, making jigsaw puzzles, food and wine tasting, drinking endless cups of chai, traveling and basically living life. She loves spending time with her husband and two crazy cats (Jazzy and Tuna!).