At a time when special numbers and remix tracks were becoming the trend du jour during the 2000s, dance coach and fitness therapist Reema Sarin saw an opportunity to do something really out-of-the-box. Her unabiding love for dance got her thinking of ways she could combine fitness and dance, which led to the genesis of Bollyfit.
If you thought zumba was high-octave, Bollyfit takes it to the next level times two. Think turbo-charged moves set to remixed Bollywood tracks with 200 beats per minute. You are drowning in sweat by the end of it. “It was just something that came about organically and people loved it.
You have dance which gets your heart pumping and you are burning calories simultaneously. Over the years, I have mixed it up with bhangra and other dance forms to avoid monotony,” says Reema who is a US certified fitness consultant and holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, USA.
It doesn’t end there; one could say being multifaceted is second to her nature. An associate degree in marketing and merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and a Master of Arts in Spanish Philology and Hispanic Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a diploma in Spanish Literature and Language from the University of Complutense, Spain, learning new things and accentuating her skills is something she enjoys.
Despite a successful career where she worked with the United Nations and in the fashion industry for close to 12 years and the corporate world in San Francisco and Singapore, Reema chose to follow her heart.
“The big change happened in 2003 when I decided to do things on my own. Dancing is a great way for fitness. It releases endorphins and dopamine, which releases happy hormones, that are responsible for keeping you in good spirits,” adds Reema who approached DJs and remixed popular songs with an increased beat and designed the workouts.
Bollyfit choreography has ‘Happy Dance’ sequences which target well-being, self-confidence and also prevent stress from weighing on the mind.
“People love it because it’s a great stress buster. The beauty of this dance programme is that you don’t realise the amount of energy and calorie that is going into it,” says Reema who stayed in Hyderabad for many years before moving base to Delhi.
She also conducts workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad among other cities. Although classes take up a major chunk of her time, she tries to make a difference in the life of the underprivileged as well by conducting dance classes for them. Her switch might have been a gamble, but it’s a gamble which worked.