After years of competing, performing and teaching, Luis "Lou" Lopez founded Latin Moves Dance Studio in 1997 to share his passion with anyone willing to learn! To solidify his stake in his native Stamford, Lou created a dance studio that would make a positive impact on the community. In striving to be a bright force, Lou collaborates with many people and organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Laurel House, ALTA, Abilis, and Curtain Call, Stamford's premier community theatre. Lou credits these friends and partners, among others, for enriching his life and the lives of his family members.
Over the years Lou has directed numerous youth and adult dance teams, and travelled the tri-state area with his dancers. Lou believes strongly that dance, music, family and learning all belong together. The future of dance belongs to the young and cultivating the love for dance is paramount to keeping dance alive and thriving.
The past several years have seen Lou involved in Curtain Call’s yearly community fundraiser Dancing with the Stars. For several years, he has had the honor of sharing in the limelight thanks to his Star Dancers being awarded the People’s Choice and the Judges’ Choice awards.
Lou’s very personal labor of love is CT Salsa Fest. For its tenth anniversary this past May 2014, the City of Stamford recognized him and his work for the community. Lou spends the better part of every year bringing this event to life. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a special place at CT Salsa Fest where he hosts a fundraiser bringing the world of dance together with the people striving to find care, support and medical advances for children with cancer.
Lou is a proud father to four exceptional daughters: Ashley Lopez and Erica Lopez, bright women with young daughters of their own, and Arabella and Bianca, young children just learning what dance is all about. Lou is a mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo, and when time allows, he tends to his golf game. You won’t see him on the course very often!