Antje and Ramnish have been dancing together since 2008 and during this time, gained experience in Europe as well as New Zealand and Australia. Since 2010, they have been teaching Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Kizomba in Braunschweig and Vechelde and were the ones to bring both Zouk and Kizomba to the Braunschweig region.
Ramnish started dancing salsa inspired by some of the performances at a Latin Beat event in New Zealand. He completed most of his early training in New Zealand with instructors from Salsa Magic, Latinos Bar, Cuban Fusion and Salsa Bomba. After completing his early training in New Zealand, he furthered his training overseas (mainly in Australia and Germany) at various Congresses, dance festivals and private training. During this time, he attended classes and workshops run by world class instructors such as Edie the Salsa Freak, Al Espinosa, Jamie Jesus, Little Liz, Kadu Pires, Larissa Thayane, Oliver Pineda and Luda Kroitor.
After teaching at Latinos Bar in Wellington, he joined Cazino.com - Rafael Ferrer Noel's Performance Group. He performed with Cazino.com at various events such as International Dance Day 2007, NZ pacific Salsa Congress 2007 and at Feet With Heat's Dance Extravaganza. He has also performed with Salsa Bomba on TVNZ's Good Morning Show.
In 2007, he set up a performance group called "Salsa Picante" and competed with his team at the National Champs in Auckland (2007) as well as the NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2008. He was also a part of the Salceroc team that came second in the Dine n Dance Off in September 2007.
In August 2007, he set-up a dance school in New Zealand with Liliya de Castro called "Salsa Therapy". Since then, Ramnish has also been invited to teach at National events in New Zealand such as the New Zealand Pacific Salsa Congress and the New Zealand National Rueda Festival, as well as Festivals in Germany such as the Zouk & Kizomba Gala Hannover.
After teaching for 3 years in New Zealand, he moved to Germany. Along with Antje, he set-up Zouksters® and has been teaching here ever since. Ramnish (a.k.a DJ Zoukster) has also been DJing at Salsa Parties and dance events since 2007. He can provide DJ services for Salsa parties and Festivals, Zouk nights or Latin theme events. You can also listen to some of his self-composed music on our website.
Antje's first dance experience was a beginners course in a range of dances in Tanzschule Sandmann, Vechta, in 1999. In the following five years, she learned some of the most popular ballroom dances: Discofox, Cha cha, Ballroom Rumba, Waltz, Viennese waltz, as well as Jive, Quickstep and Tango, reaching ADTV Gold Star level.
In 2004, Antje started studying in Bremen and decided to discover a new dance, Salsa. She was impressed by this dance and its music, joining Cuban Salsa classes with Mario Lopez at Universität Bremen. In 2007, Antje went to New Zealand for a year of studies abroad. Here she joined Cuban Salsa classes with Rafael Ferrer Noel (Cuba) and Rogelio Enrique Carles-Rosas (Panama). In addition she started dancing Bachata and Merengue, also being popular Latin-American dances. Curious to try different styles of salsa, she joined Linear Style Salsa and Rueda classes at Salsa Magic.
At the beginning of 2008, Antje visited her first Salsa festival, Jambalaya in Rotorua. At the festival, she was taught by teachers such as Vivio und Greydis (the Cuban Groove) from Cuba. In the run-up of the NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2008, she attended an immersion in Linear Salsa taught by world champs Oliver Pineda and Luda Kroitor.
She has enjoyed attending Salsa festivals and workshops regularly since (e.g. Salsafestival Hamburg; Salsa Exclusiva, Düsseldorf; Salsa Extravaganza, Christchurch; NZ Pacific Salsa Congress; Conexao Dance Festival, Bremen). Whilst those festivals, she has learned form dance experts such as Edie the Salsa Freak, Super Mario, Liz Lira, Alex Lima, Eddie Torrres, Francisco & Louis Vazquez, and Kadu & Larissa.
Since 2009 Antje has been learning Samba de Gafieira, mainly with Junior Carvalho from Brasil. In 2009, she added Zouk to her dance repertoire and also began teaching some classes at Salsa Therapy with Ramnish. Having founded Zouksters® with Ramnish in 2010, she has been teaching in Germany ever since.