Mutia Riasinta (nickname: Sinta) was born in 1977 in Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Her parents hailed from Poso in Central Sulawesi, another of Indonesia's regions, and are ethnic Pamonian. After living in Borneo for eight years, her family moved to Jakarta, the country's capital.
Beginning her dance training at age five, she continued studying dance throughout elementary school. Tari Bondan (a Javanese dance) was the 1st dance she learned. In Jakarta she began studying Pamonian dance under Rein Puragombo, who was a protege of the renowned choreographer Bagong Kusudiarjo of Yogyakarta. Rein Puragombo created a new style (kreasi baru) of Pamonian dance, based on traditional practices. With him, Sinta learned dances such as Pepoinaya, Mopea ri Lobo, and Motaro. At age 10, she began performing at various venues including the Indonesia Miniature Park (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah).
In 1999, she moved from Indonesia to the US. Not giving up her passion for dancing, she started performing with members of the Indonesian community in the state of Delaware at various community and school events. She returns to Indonesia often where she trains further in Balinese, Javanese, and other Indonesian dance styles. Her dance experience is not limited to classical and folk Indonesian forms, though. She has also studied and performed various hip-hop and ballroom styles. She has an AFPA group fitness certification, and has experience teaching dance to both children and adults. Sinta is co-founder and dance instructor for the Indonesian Cultural Club (ICC), based in Delaware. She is a teaching artist at the Folk Arts- Cultural Treasures Charter School.
Indonesian Cultural Club of Delaware official website
Video about Sinta in her ancestral village
Balinese gamelan concert at Swarthmore College, involving Indonesian Cultural Club dancers