Afro-Latin Dance Company was founded in September 2005. Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, its artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, have danced together since 2000.
The dance company is currently made up of 8 dancers. Due to wide knowledge and diverse training they acquired along the years, their show is a unique mixture of different styles of dance.
In 2007 and 2008, they won the title of the best Portuguese teachers. In 2009, they won in the category of best Portuguese Show at the Top Dance Awards and were nominated for best choreographers at the I Portugal Dance Awards in the “world dances” category. They were also official judges of the international kizomba competition “Africadançar” and invited regularly to judge several dance competitions.
In 2015, they created the international project “World Hug Dance Project”, creating a world network of performances teams in combination with some of the most recognized choreographers in the scene.
They have performed and taught at many salsa/kizomba congresses and festivals, public and private events, in countries like Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK, France, Tunisia, Serbia, Denmark, Slovakia, Holland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Sweden, Egypt, USA, Puerto Rico, Angola, India, Ukraine, …
Paula and Ricardo have their school, Afrolatin connection, in Porto, Portugal, and are also managers of the afrolatin night club Muxima Bar. They also are organizers of the international events “Dmaes Summer Bootcamp”, “Tá Fixe Kizomba Festival”, “Porto Salsa Mob” and “World Hug Dance Festival”.
They created a training directed to instructors and future instructors, regarding level 1 and 2 of teaching by Afrolatin Connection Methodology. It’s is possible to learn with them in their school regular lessons and workshops in several countries, but also by their 4 recorded DVD’s and by the online page dancevs.com