Half a decade on, she says breaking has transformed her sense of self and raised her confidence as a woman living in conservative India.
“I used to feel so worried for my safety, so nervous travelling on my own or being stared at, but now I feel totally comfortable dancing in a park or on the street,” she says.
“People’s reactions don’t bother me.”
Although Rodrigues has studied contemporary dance and ballet, today she mainly draws on the skills she has picked up learning yoga, the ancient indigenous martial art of Kalaripayattu, and Bharatnatyam — a dance form that originated in southern India’s temples over 2,000 years ago.
“All these elements are part of who I am… it’s such an advantage as an Indian to be able to tap them and use them to create my own version as a b-girl,” she says.