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.
32 Count 4 Wall High Intermediate Music: «Wild West» by Dennis Lloyd
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Boys Town Gang - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Andas En Mi Cabeza - Remix by Chino & Macho
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: St. James Ballroom - Alice Francis
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Ride it by Regard
64 Count 0 Wall Beginner Music: Melanie Fiona - Monday Morning
32 Count 4 Wall Newcomer / Novice Music: Indirectas by Belle Perez
16 Count 4 Wall Advanced Rolling 8 Count Music: Two Feet - Love Is A Bitch
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Pitbull - 3 to tango
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Gorgeous by X Ambassadors
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: "Red Cadillac" by DJ Sava ft. Serena (album: Red Cadillac) 120 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Music: Teemant by Getter Jaani, Grete Paia, Uku Suviste
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Grand Funk Railroad - Some kind of Wonderful
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Soul Music: That's Why (I Love You So) by The Temptations. Album: The Temptations "For Lovers Only"
64 Count 0 Wall Basic Samba Music: All My People by Dj Rico
64 Count 1 Wall Music: What Was I Thinkin by Dierks Bentley
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: If I Back It Up by Nellie Tiger Travis. Album: Wanna Be With You/ Nellie Tiger Travis
32 Count 2 Wall Improver Cha Cha Music: Turnin Me On - Blake Shelton
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner / Improver Polka Music: Makes Me Want to Stay by Clay Walker
32 Count 2 Wall Débutant / Novice Music: Lento - Rudy Mancuso