Ruben started on a young age to enjoy dance. It felt like it was ment to be for him because everything formed it self around him when it came to that. He got support from his mom, his first ballet teacher, his friends. From the moment he got in to the dance academy ‘ Fontys Hogenschool v/d Kunsten ‘, it al speeded up. He ended up doing his internship and first years of professional life at Scapino ballet Rotterdam and freelancing around for some years after that.
The touch with the body was always a familiarity for him. Being a dancer you are anyway confronted how to deal with your body. Since Ruben came from the style of hiphop and some breakdancing, doing ballet and contemporary dance wasn’t the easiest switch to make. It came with many injuries and discomfort. While not being the only one feeling like this, class mates would often help each other out to try to not stand in the morning class with an aching body. During this period Ruben started noticing a natural understanding of skin, muscle, bone and touch.
Every dancer has to say goodbye on a moment of dancing is some way. If it is not a clear cut then it is a diminish of the intensity. That is what happend too Ruben since the summer of 2017. The life of a dancer was still very interesting and appealing, but there was a noticeable shift happening. What it was, only manifested it self in the summer of 2019. He decided to follow a massage course at Jivan’s Massage Rotterdam. After a summer of studying with Rajiv Bhagwanbali, owner of Jivan’s Massage, he joined the saloon. This only triggered him to look more in to depth in to different therapies and studies he did and will do. In the meanwhile he is still active as a massage therapist at Jivan’s massage and his own saloon RGA – therapy.