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Meet Rocky Horsford Best of RockYourBest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocky Horsford Best.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a mom/ wife/dancer/choreographer/fitness professional and alumnus from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. My choreography and teaching approach is as unique and eclectic as my training and performance resume. I incorporate the fundamentals of my dance education with modern contemporary icons such as Horton, Talley Beatty, Eleo Pamere and Alvin Ailey into my choreography and teaching. A professional dancer based in  Los Angeles, my style is most heavily influenced by jazz, ballet, African dance, Caribbean dance, and Hip Hop. My extensive performance resume includes: the New York and international touring companies of the Off-Broadway sensation STOMP; HBO’s Stomp Out Loud: STOMP (Las Vegas); and Wayne Brady’s Makin it up” (Las Vegas). Film/TV Credits includes appearances alongside Rihanna on the X-Factor, Donna Summers on America’s Got Talent, Beyonce at the MTV Fashion Awards, on the Grammy’s, Billboard, Bet/NAACP Award Shows, Cedric the Entertainer’s HBO Special, Rent , DL Chronicles, Malibu’s Most Wanted and the film Idlewild staring the musical duo OutKast. I recently provided movement coaching for a new movie called Vox Lux (in-post production), choreography for ABC’s The Neighbors, WILFRED (FX), Bandwagon – award winning web series, and worked as a movement coach to recording artist such as Ginare Womack Santigold and actress Natalie Portman. I has also appeared in music videos with recording artist Lenny Kravitz, Mary J Blige, Angie Stone, Shania Twain and Wyclef Jean. In addition to  many TV, stage and industrial performances, my credits include numerous national commercials for Target, Nationwide Insurance, Oral B, Michelob, K-Swiss, Dr. Pepper, Burger King and most recently a Foldgers Commercial. It was not long into my career as a teacher and professional dancer that I realized that while the fundamentals of various techniques of dance are important, your art only grows when you expose yourself to other cultures and embrace new platforms of media. Cultural exchange opens your mind to different approaches of expression and allows you to release any limitations. Multi-cultural incorporations ultimately raises your art to new levels.  I credit my life experience as the catalyst for this dynamic, privileged career. It has added a depth and character to my dance, expression and teachings. Whiles my respect for methods and technique holds strong, the emotional aspect of dance and movement –the story of feelings that stir the audience/students- that matters to me most.

My identity is heavily influenced and defined by my roots and culture as my entire family is from the West Indies; a beautiful island called St.Kitts.  My parents are amazing people that worked hard to give my brother and I the best education and life they could. At a very young age I realized  that making a new life as immigrant in this country was not easy. Nevertheless, they achieved the American dream without loosing the core of who we were. They made it their duty for us to make frequent trips back “home”and to never forget where we came from.  My parents also taught us the importance of  handwork, loyalty, integrity and persistence, something I carry with me everyday.  I am so grateful they were supportive of my dreams. As I am sure secretly they would have felt more at ease if I initially followed a more traditional and secure profession!

But as it turned out I made the right decision to follow my passion, and here I am!

After investing 10 professional years in the business I happily took a little break to get married and two years later welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our lives. During this amazing chapter I wanted to not feel at the mercy of this “show business” world. Out of sight. Out of mind? I wanted balance: to raise our son, spend time with my husband, family and still do what I loved! It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do with my future, then I realized my purpose! I always knew performing was one of them but What else? I had been teaching dance fitness under broad titles at various studios all over LA as a side gig, different styles, genres, formats, you name it! One day a client asked me if I could teach her how to dance. She said I made her feel comfortable and confident and that she wishes she could dance for her workouts. She expressed to me that she was too intimidated to step into the LA dance studio scene. And I thought “Wow!” they’re probably hundreds of women who feel this way. What a shame! That same week I rented space and started my new workout, slowly I invited friends and this is where ROCK YOUR BEST was born. Yes, it’s a motto and a daily reminder to do move everyday, love yourself and to give the best you can. I’ve combined all of my favorite things including my Caribbean Culture, music, dance and functional fitness to stay in shape and now I am sharing with you! When you come to class you’ll find out the rest!

This dance fitness program feeds your mind, body and soul. In the spirit of Afro-Caribbean culture, movement and music we engage in a high energy, low impact cardio, dance, strength training and choreography. If you ever dreamt of feeling like a dancer, sweating like an athlete and feeling empowered in a room with great energy of all ages, genders and levels. This will be your greatest escape! Grab your towel and come to Rock Your Best!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is no easy road to success.  There is always going to be roadblocks and problems that you will encounter. You just have to keep on going and show up no matter what! My rule was if there was zero; stay, create and practice. If there is 1;  give the best private ever so that they tell their friends and if there is a full class; make it a party!

I am always learning, discovering, experimenting and working on my format to give my clients the best experience… I don’t concern myself with what other people are doing. I have to practice what I preach, Rocky MY Best and stay authentic to myself. You will not always be for everyone but you have to stay true to yourself and your tribe/community and people will follow.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about RockYourBest – what should we know?
RockYourBest is known for its AFRO- CARIBBEAN inspired cardio dance workouts, which is evident through the music and movement. I should emphasize its a body wellness over hall!

RYB bring’s functional fitness, cardio, strength training and choreography masked through dance. RYB’s cardio feels like an Island Carnival and the aftermath feels like you just came back from the Caribbean vacation. From this program you learn how to change your body, let go, love yourself, love your body, reduces stress, elevate your mood, create body awareness, improve coordination, posture, increase confidence and release happy endorphins!

….. it’s SO MUCH FUN!!!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think the most essential quality, is that you really care about what you do. Do the work. Never be complacent. Be genuine. Be real. Leave the room in a better place than when you entered!

Always remember to replenish yourself ….. so you can give more, then you may continue to Rock Your Best.

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