Raymond Sarlemijn

Born on the 31 of august 1971 In Amsterdam.
In his younger years he was dancing hip hop, street dance, electric boogie in the street of Amsterdam the Netherlands.
He started to get more interest of with dancing so he started, Latin dance and ballroom dance.

He started line dancing at a local club in Amsterdam, but soon he saw Roy Verdonk dancing on television and joint Roy at his club.
Soon after this, Raymond grew to become a overall performer and joint Roy and Tom Mickers in there theatre show ( The devil went to Georgia).
For a couple of years Raymond also was dancing in the Country Dynamics group who travelled around Europe for shows and workshops.
Because of his own history in dance, Raymond wanted more and saw that there was more to get out of line dance and he created his own style by mixing his Latin dancing and street dancing into line dance, he was one of the first who was dancing more than only the feet, he was dancing with the body.

This gave him the nickname: The Latin Man.

Raymond started to write some shows for the Country Dynamics and choreographies with Roy Verdonk and Darren Bailey.
With his good friend Darren Bailey, Raymond became the most time World champion in choreography, not only with Darren but also with his best friend Michel Platje.

All his innovations and efforts got him up to the highest level in competition dancing the Superstar/ Legend division at the UCWDC and also Megastar/ Jewel for the WCDF.

Raymond is European Champion, Benelux Champion, Norwegian Champion, Swiss Champion, Swedish Champion, Belgium Champion, German Champion, Dutch Champion, France Champion and many other countries and in many different divisions, he is also 42 times World Champion, many of them are in the choreography division.

He is the only one who won 3 World titles at 1 World Championship in the category choreography and he did this twice.

But also the only one who won every category choreography at Worlds WCDF Italy.

Raymond was called out in 2004 and in 2006 at the Dutch line dance awards ( who is been held only once in the 2 years) as the best Dutch choreographer.
At the World Championship in 2005 in Sweden, Raymond was Chosen as the peoples favourite choreographer.
Raymond is travelling around the world to teach many people how to dance and share his passion for dancing with other people.

He is a respected judge for WCDF and is a member of the judge education board at the WCDF.