My Story: Reet Roy

Written by Reet Roy

My name is Reet Roy, and I am a 4th year BBA (business administration) student. This is my last year in Brock and I believe it would be the perfect time to share how Brock helped me to achieve my goals in life. I moved to Canada four years ago from India, having one dream in my mind: to be a successful entrepreneur. From the dancing perspective, I am a self-taught choreographer/dancer. It all changed in my second year, when Enalyn Destacamento and I started Live4dance Brock. We started this club to showcase the hidden talents of Brock students through hip hop choreographies, and to provide students with leadership opportunities. Students are able to learn or teach a new choreography every class to increase exposure and knowledge of different dance styles. It also helps them in acquiring leadership skills by teaching. We have professional videographers and video editors who post HD class videos on YouTube, so students can reflect on their performance and expand the Hip Hop community. We have over 1 million channel views and over a thousand subscribers in both channels combined. We have over 175 members in Live4dance Brock, the largest Hip Hop community present at Brock.

In my 3rd year, I remember Sohail Ahmed, owner of Momo Cars saying, “I mixed my passion for cars and business together”, which inspired me to create a business in the dance field that I had a strong and dedicated passion for.  Later that year, I started Rhythm2dance, a choreography based service company with my business partner, Musa. The initial goal was to reach out to all the elementary and high school dancers in the Niagara Falls and St. Catharines community. We have 25 choreographers working all over Canada as hip hop instructors. The movement blew off in the Niagara Region and we were recognized by the Mayor of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls for our contribution towards the community. Our movement was also a featured story in the St. Catharines Standard, the local newspaper. Since last year, I have taught 68 workshops in Niagara Falls, Dunnville, Caledonia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Mississauga and St. Catharines. I am currently the head hip hop director/choreographer at W2 studio and Imagination Performance Arts, located in Welland and Niagara Falls. My first International gig will be assigned as a guest choreographer for a workshop in the Philippines. All this would not have been possible if I did not come to Brock University and met all the crazy dancers who inspire me every day to be a better choreographer. It has been a humbling experience at Brock and I enjoy every single bit of it. I am moving to Los Angeles next year, to train under some of the best choreographers in the world for two years. Brock will always be a part of my life because this is where it all began and I will cherish these memories forever.

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