Born and raised in Porto, Portugal, Ricardo started as a gymnast before his dance training. After completing his dance course at Balleteatro, Portugal, he worked professionally with Victor Hugo Pontes, Willi Dorner, Ne Barros, Barnaby Booth, Kale Dance Company and Brink Dance Company.  He later studied at Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating with a first class BA (Honours) in Contemporary Dance. His training highlights include working with an array of professional artists such as Hannes Langolf, Kerry Nicholls and Erion Kruja (Hofesh Shechter Company).

Ricardo is highly interested in the interconnection between dance and consciousness and research within the field of neuroaesthetics.