REET ROY

CEO / DIRECTOR

Rhythm2dance was founded in 2011 by Reet Roy for the sole purpose to grow the Canadian Hip Hop Industry by sharing his love and knowledge for hip hop with the aspiring dancers/choreographers of Canada. He has been teaching professionally for the past 6 years and has been spreading his craft all over Canada.

He has travelled around the world and has worked with Americas Best Dance Crew winners, competed in World of Dance Toronto & Montreal, represented the Niagara Falls community at the Hip Hop International in 2014. He has worked with current Hip Hop International champion choreographer and Body Rock 2014 runner up 2014. His style had got him a lot of accolades in his career.

He has been professionally teaching at studios for the past 4 years and has been consistently winning first place overall and Choreography awards. He was nominated for the “Young Entrepreneur of the year award” in 2011 by the Enterprise centre and has been featured in magazines, articles across the globe. His goal is to make sure the faculty members of Rhythm2dance keep working hard to share their knowledge and experience but most importantly strive towards making this community stronger.

CARNEL JOHN DESTACAMENTO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

From Hamilton, Ontario Canada, Carnel began to dance at the age of 6 watching artists such as Michael Jackson and Usher. As he grew older, so did his passion for dance. He found choreographers from across the world on YouTube and decided to pursue a career in choreography.

At the age of 15, he was given his first professional work choreographing and dancing for artists from Philippines coming to Toronto for concerts. He choreographed and danced for Billy Crawford, Vina Morales, Mikey Bustos and Kate Brosas to name a few. He also moved to Los Angeles for 5 months where he trained with world class choreographers and danced for Korean Pop Artist, Chad Future. Now he is working on his craft, training and continuing to work towards his future with dance.

J.J. D’MELLO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

J.J. D’mello graduated McMaster University earning his Bachelor’s degree in English and Cultural Studies where his love and passion for dance first truly bloomed and pushed him to become the dancer and choreographer he is now. Being a self-trained dancer has had its hardships, but now he has a found a path where he is continuously evolving into the dancer and choreographer he desires to be.

Being trained in several genres of dance with a focus on Hip Hop comes with its accolades such as McMaster’s winning O.U.C.H. Team (7-Time Champions) and Verve Dance Team where he both danced in and choreographed many award-winning pieces. Now, J.J. currently works in Toronto under and with some of the top choreographers and top groups including The Male Initiative directed by Shavar Blackwood and BOSS Dance Company directed by Leah Totten. On top of all the training he also is a working choreographer travelling across Canada and the United States with the aspirations to be an internationally renowned choreographer.

His body of work ranges quite a bit from the competitive dance world such as Canadian Dance Championships in Montreal and Canada’s Wonderland’s Flip Hop (Champions 2011) to industrial work such as choreographing and dancing for Toronto singer Ariestarr. However, the greatest achievement is to inspire people to follow their passion while educating them in what real dance is and what it can stand for. J.J. is always beyond excited to learn, inspire, and share great experiences with people through his craft because that to him are the moments that truly matter in dance.

LEAH TOTTEN

CHOREOGRAPHER

Born and raised in small town Aylmer Quebec, Leah Totten moved to Toronto 4 years ago hoping to expand her knowledge and experience within the dance industry. She currently operates weekly drop-in classes at Rightfoot while teaching at various studios, schools and child care centres across the GTA and directing her all-female team, ‘BOSS Dance Company’. Leah produced her first full-length theatre show in April 2014 and recently launched her second one entitled ‘Querencia’ at The Randolph Theatre featuring 38 of Toronto’s finest artists in June 2015.

She has worked across Canada, USA and Europe in hundreds of studios, schools, dance institutions and hip hop crews including Providence Rhode Island, Los Angeles, London, Poland, Romania, Ireland, Nottingham, Hungary, Scotland, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Quebec and many more.

Leah was also a chosen intern for Essence Dance Company (Gigi Torres) and was featured as “Become The Next” at Boogiezone University; a professional dance intensive where she taught alongside 50 of the industry’s best in California. In 2011, Leah completed Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante’s ‘Creating Opportunities’ Program in NYC in addition to being appointed as a Canadian Ambassador for Boogiezone Armada. Leah believes that dance is about so much more than “steps” and encourages people to find purpose and passion behind their movement.

JAC VALIQUETTE

CHOREOGRAPHER

Jac began dancing at the age of 2 at her family’s dance studio in Guelph, ON, where she has since trained in styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop (w/ Gadfly). She has always had a passion for dance and at the age of 13 she began training and taking classes in Toronto in addition to training at her studio. In 2010 she began dancing with the O.I.P Dance Company under the direction of Danny Davalos, where she trained for four years and was given the opportunity to meet and train with many of Toronto’s best choreographers.

In 2013, she joined BOSS Dance Company under the direction of Leah Totten which provided her with many opportunities as a dancer. Jac has since performed in shows such as We Day with Kiesza, Toronto’s Choreographers Ball, the mainstage for Toronto Pride, The Beatdown Hip Hop Dance Competition, The Juno’s red carpet performance with Shawn Desman, Choreographers Cup in LA and many other live dance shows as well as concept/music videos. In addition to training in Toronto and Guelph, Jac has travelled to many cities such as L.A. and New York to train with top industry choreographers and become more versatile. She has also attended many Monsters of Hip Hop Conventions where she has received scholarships and been given the opportunity to train with many of the Industry’s best.

DERICK ROBINSON

CHOREOGRAPHER

Over the past few years Derick has developed and refined his own style of dance, and is starting to be recognized as one of Toronto’s elite choreographers. His work has been seen at The Bazaar Showcase, On Much Music, at The Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball and on the World Of Dance Stage. Derick has recently traveled to Europe where he did a workshop tour teaching all over Italy. He had the chance to display his work at “Intergalactic”, a choreography showcase held in Palermo. During his tour he also taught a class at the “Milano Hip-Hop Festival” and he also judged the crew competition for the festival. He believes that creating a connection between the intention, emotion, movement and the music is what makes his choreography so unique. As a well-established choreographer in Toronto, his work has been described as creative, innovative and diverse. Derick’s choreography is based with Hip-Hop, but he likes to fuse it with other styles such as African, contemporary and other forms of movement. Excited to continue his journey with dance; Derick is eager and enthusiastic to bring something new and different to the stage.

NATHAN TIANGSON

CHOREOGRAPHER

Nathan started dancing 2011 in Mississauga, Ontario with I rock with the ONE dance crew. There he learned a brief introduction to popping, locking, bboying, and other fundamental styles of hip hop. His inspiration for his style of dance comes a lot from the founder and choreographer Ron Pagcaliwagan. With I rock with the ONE he showcased in various events and competed in competition such as Hip Hop International Canadian National Competition, The Beat Down, and placed first in Kollaboration Toronto in 2011. He then moved to Waterloo in 2012 where he competed with the University of Waterloo’s O.U.C.H (Ontario Universities Competition for Hip-Hop) team. He began to further his knowledge by taking classes at The UW Hip Hop Club as well as in Toronto at The Rightfoot Studio and OIP Dance Centre. Nathan started teaching in in Waterloo and across the Greater Toronto Area in 2012 and in 2013 founded Kindred Culture. With his choreography and leadership they took first place at The Ontario Universities Competition for Hip-Hop in 2013 and second in 2014, first place in Large Hip Hop and Second overall at the Canadian Varsity Dance competition 2014, and third place at the Toronto Paskuhan Festival 2013. As well, he has created different dance programs and events such as the Kindred Hip-Hop Club and The Academy Hip-Hop Dance Competition. He and his team are also very committed to the community and charitable organizations. As of 2015 Kindred Culture has donated over $10,000.00 to local and international charities such as Unity Charity, World Vision, and The Gateway Centre for New Canadians. He hopes to continue to learn from those around him and use his craft to give back to the community.

AJ VELASCO

CHOREOGRAPHER

My name is AJ Velasco. I am 23 years old and was born in the city of Mississauga, Ontario. Ive been dancing for about 7 years; starting from high school and throughout my undergraduate education. I went to school at the University of Guelph for a degree in biomedical science where I danced with the competitive hiphop team AtchaCrew, performing at several post secondary competitions such as: O.U.C.H, BYOB post-secondary, and Academy of HipHop. I am currently enrolled at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) still dancing outside of school with Rhythm2Dance and C2Genesys. I’ve participated in World of Dance Toronto as an alumni of theTEAM (2014) and at TheBeatdown as a member for BOSS Dance Crew (2013). Aside from the competitive dance scene, I enjoy working out, bubble tea, and eat different types of food and taking pictures of it! Dance has taught me a lot about myself and developing transferable skills in life, such as: teamwork, determination, communication, creativity, confidence, responsibility and so much more. I continue to dance as a passion, hobby, and creative outlet to learn, grow, and share. Hoping to have the opportunity to learn and share with you in the future.

NEIL ROBLES

CHOREOGRAPHER

Neil Robles is a versatile choreographer who likes to explore different styles of urban movement. He began dancing 2012 for numerous high school events and showcases. Over time, Neil has competed in various competitions such as Beatdown, World of Dance Toronto and Montreal, Flip Hop, and BYOB. He has also been a part of many teams such as Undefined, I Rock with the One, BOSS Dance Company, the Team and Kindred Culture. He has also danced for several Filipino artists and celebrities, such as Sam Milby and Maja Salvador. In Summer 2014, he co-choreographed for “One Kapamilya Go Toronto Tour 2015”, a Filipino Entertainment Event that featured a line up of celebrities from the Philippines. Currently, he is one of the choreographers and founder for University of Waterloo’s dance competitive team called “Origins”. Neil is consistently working hard to better his craft. He is also working on a mini project called “VAULT Series”, where he will be posting a weekly series of dance videos to showcase his craft through Youtube.

JEE VILLA

CHOREOGRAPHER

Jee Villa is a Toronto based choreographer and director. In 2011 he founded YYZ Company, a west coast competitive hip hop company that were crowned World of Dance Champions in 2014. In that same year, Jee was named faculty member at Toronto’s premiere dance facility, The Rightfoot Dance Studio. In 2015 he had the fortune of Choreographing for the production, “QUERENCIA”, under the artistic direction of Leah Totten. The stripes earned from remaining a student of the game have provided Jee Villa with the knowledge, wisdom, and readiness to tackle any artistic challenge.

RACHEL HUNTER

CHOREOGRAPHER

Born into a family of artists, Rachel discovered dance at an early age and has been training in hip hop for 13 years. Since her studio days, Rachel has choreographed and participated in many dance competitions such as the Canada-wide Beatdown competition and choreographed the second place piece at OUCH (Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop) 2013. In the past she was director of two competitive Hip Hop teams at McMaster University, and is currently the choreographer and director of a small Hip Hop company in Toronto entitled SONDER. She has had the opportunity to backup dance for many local artists including D!XON, and other professional gigs in Toronto as well. This is Rachel’s second season as a faculty member at Rhythm2Dance and has been hired to choreograph competitive sets and to instruct many Hip Hop workshops in both the USA and Canada. In 2013-2014 Rachel was a part of BOSS Dance Company, an all-female hip hop company in Toronto under the instruction of Toronto choreographer and Leah Totten, and was able to choreograph within the company as well. Rachel’s true passion is in choreography and dance instruction, however she will always be a student and is constantly looking to grow as a dancer and performer as well. Rachel currently instructs at two studios and is a member of the administrative team at Toronto’s Rightfoot Dance Studio.

PAULO SANTIAGO

CHOREOGRAPHER

Paulo Santiago has been dancing for only a short period of time and has trained in many different styles such as Popping, Locking, Bboying, and Krumping. As an Instructor/Choreographer he is mainly based at RIGHTFOOTSTUDIO. Some of his past and recent achievements include representing Canada 2 years in a row at World Hiphop International in Las Vegas, 2nd Place at World Of Dance LA with Emanon, was apart of a featured dance crew in the movie “You Got Served: Beat The World.” and is one of the dancers for Lilly Singh’s World Tour. He currently travels back and forth from Los Angeles receiving more training and working in the entertainment industry as well.