MEET THE TEAM
Rico was born in Guinea-Bissau but due to a war in his country moved to Portugal at the age of 22. Whilst growing up he was surrounded by music and dance, and this developed his passion from an early age. His first memories consist of his family dancing at parties and getting together for celebrations and his first influence came from his father, who initially inspired his dance style. Gumbé is the main cultural music from Guinea-Bissau but Rico has always known Zouk, Kizomba, Semba, Kuduro and Funana. It was only in Portugal, where he became more familiar with Kizomba and Semba and other styles of dance such as Kuduro and Coupé Decalé. Ultimately, Rico became a figure in the dance world through organising events, competing and teaching.
The Summer of 2011 marked Rico's move to London where he became a part of the Pitanga Dance Team, giving him the opportunity to teach Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha, Funana and Afrobeat at their weekly classes and monthly events. In March 2012, Rico won the GB Kizomba Competition and was invited to represent the UK at ÁfricaDançar but due to unfortunate circumstances could not make it. In 2013 he was invited back to be a judge for the eliminatory stages in the GB Kizomba Competition for ÁfricaDançar and finals of 2013 and 2014.
In October 2015 he started collaborating with Adda Dociu.