Rudsel Magdalena & Nina Hansen: Biographies
|Dance Company name: Salsation Dance Company
|Web site address: www.salsationcuracao.com
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Rudsel Magdalena was born in Curacao on 17th May
1969. His family moved to Aruba when he was one year old where
he spent his next 17 years in the town of San Nicolaas, Aruba.
When Rudsel turned 15 years of age, he began to master the art
of break dancing, which sparked his dancing career. He joined
the group called Pop City Breakers and gave shows all around the
island. After two years of break dancing, Rudsel moved to Curacao
for his studies, where he studied electrical engineering at MTS.
In Curacao, he began to dance folkloric dances, and began to master
the art of Latin dancing. By the year 1995, he was one of the
best merengue dancers on the island.
In 1996, Rudsel got caught with the salsa fever.
He saw a Dutch group called Crema Exotica, and they inspired him
to start dancing salsa with more intensity. Rudsel teamed up with
a spectacular dancer, Tibisay Goede, and entered the salsa championships
in 1996, and ended up all the way to the last round of the championships
at Keizershof in January of 1997.
After the big contest, Rudsel has represented his beautiful island
many times in the world salsa congress in Puerto Rico in the years
of 1997 and 1998 and performed on the same stage with many of
the salsa greats such as Francisco and Johnny Vasquez, Salsa Brava
and Angel Ortiz, attending World Salsa Congresses in places like
Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Toronto. In addition,
Rudsel has been invited as a special guest instructor to schools
in the Netherlands on two occasions thus far.
Currently, Rudsel works as an instrument technician at ISLA refinery,
and in 1999 started his own dance school, Salsation Dance Company!
Ninoshka Hansen or Nina as she is normally known also dances
with Salsation Dance Company.
Ninas dancing career started in her early years when she
took ballet classes and later switched to tap dancing. She quit
dancing after a few years to focus on other sports.
In 2002, her passion for salsa was sparked after her aunts dragged
her to a salsa party at Zeilhaven Brakkeput. It was there where
she met her fiancée Rudsel Magdalena, leader of the dance
group Salsation, who invited her to take classes. She took a break
from salsa to graduate and it wasnt untill 2004 that she
picked it up again when she started assisting Rudsel during classes.
From that moment Ninas dancing has improved with big steps.
In 2006 she joined the show team and attended the World Salsa
Congress in Puerto Rico. After that experience, she performed
on many occasions with the show team and within a short period
of time Nina became known for her great spinning techniques. She
is now Rudsels dance partner and instructor at Salsation
Dance Company. Nina makes sure to keep improving her style with