Ricardas (or Richard) is originally from Lithuania, where he was introduced to ballroom dancing at a young age. He then got into the martial art Kyokushinkai and won a Lithuanian Championship in 1994. At age 19 he moved to the USA and was quickly introduced to salsa dancing, which rekindled his passion for dancing! This led him to be an instructor in St. Louis, Missouri. After moving to San Antonio, he started teaching at Arthur Murray Dance Center of San Antonio. He partnered with HollyAnn Ovard in 2009, and together they have been American Rhythm Rising Star Finalists and top 12 Open Finalists in the nation. In 2009 they started their own ballroom studio and in 2012 became Arthur Murray franchisees. During that time they have had a handsome son together, Rimantas.