In his younger years he was dancing hip hop, street dance, electric boogie, 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 joined Roy and Tom Mickers in their 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.
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 and Darren Bailey.
Some dances they wrote together are: Love is in the air, Missing you, Push up, Love bug, Blame it on the boogie, Billy Jean, Mala Mujer, Radar love and many more.
All this got him up to the highest level in competition dancing the Superstar division.
Raymond is the oldest male Superstar in the world. Raymond is European Champion, Benelux Champion, Norwegian Champion, Swiss Champion, Swedish Champion, Belgium Champion, German Champion, Dutch Champion, France Champion in many different divisions, he is also 18 times World Champion, from those 18 times it is 15 times 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. 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 Europe to teach, judge and show his dances and to share his passion for dancing with other people.
Raymond Sarlemijn has choreographed 275 dances, of which 207 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is La Cumbia from October 2007, with their most recent stepsheet of Soy Desperado (fr) in August 2021.
Additionally, Raymond Sarlemijn had a CopperKnob no.1 dance in March 2021 with Show Me The Way To Amarillo, and has recently had 5 other dances in the top 10.
32 Count 4 Wall Novice / Intermédiaire Music: Soy Desperado - Orchestra Bagutti
32 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Soy Desperado - Orchestra Bagutti
32 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: ME PASE (feat. Farruko) - Enrique Iglesias
64 Count 4 Wall High Intermediate Music: Better Tomorrow - Matt Simons
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: (I Just) Died In Your Arms (Original Radio Edit) - Komodo
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Early In The Morning - Kris Kross Amsterdam, Shaggy & Conor Maynard
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Is This the Way to Amarillo - Hermes House Band
64 Count 4 Wall Phrased Intermediate Music: Ven Ven - Rolf Sanchez
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Newcomer Music: I Just Called to Say I Love You - Brave
64 Count 2 Wall Music: Mi Loquita - J Adrian Flores
32 Count 0 Wall Newcomer Music: Kijkend In Je Ogen - Lesley Rosbach
32 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Dr. Victor & The Rasta Rebels
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Out of Nowhere Girl - Luke Bryan
32 Count 4 Wall slow cha cha Music: Heart Letting Go - Ronnie Dunn
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Despazaltov - Amiran Dvir : (Israel)
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Runaround Sue - The Overtones : (Album: The Overtones Higher)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Remember Me (feat. Moncrieff & Blush) - Alex Gaudino & Bottai : (Single)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Bailando - Flores Del Sol
32 Count 4 Wall High Intermediate Music: Wild West - Dennis Lloyd
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Boys Town Gang