Justin Henderson, aka "Mr. Zouk," has been Latin dancing since 2009 and began Zouk studies in 2011. For Justin and Zouk, it was love at first sight. Justin has led a weekly Zouk class for the last two years and has taught more students than anyone else in Nashville. Last year, Iliana and Justin joined forces and since then, they command the Zouk dance floor! With Justin's hilariously-entertaining teaching style and Iliana's gracefulness, they make Zouk an awe-inspiring, FUN adventure.
Iliana Armstrong moved to Columbia, Maryland at the age of nine with her family in pursuite of a dance career in ballet. One of the first to be selected for a pre-professional program at The Kennedy Center, Iliana began her training under Suzanne Farrell with Dance Theatre of Harlem Pre-Professional Residency. It was evident, even though a late bloomer, Iliana was a natural dancer and a quick study. She continued training in this program for four years and gained the fundaments of all dances.
From there she moved to Nashville, TN in hopes of accepting job opportuinies in a growing city. Wanting to explore her roots from Brazil, Ms. Armstrong becme interested in Capoiera and began lessons with Michael Irvin. Little did she know through the classes she’d be introduced to world of Latin Dance. One dance in particular she fell head over heels for and in the process met Justin, her current dance partner. Since then she has been teaching Zouk along side him. Using her backround of ballet, Iliana bring a light and elegant style to this Brazilian dance.