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Horacio grew up in the avocado capital of central Mexico, his aerobic cumbia dancing fuelled by the world’s best guacamole. An intrepid wanderer at heart, Horacio discovered Brazilian zouk several decades later—and quite by accident—in Bangkok, Thailand. He has hardly been the same since.

Horacio’s journey through zouk has been heavily influenced by SoulZouk, MZouk, and ZoukNY, not to mention his background in salsa, bachata, and of course—cumbia. He’s also spent a fair bit of time upside down doing AcroYoga, which adds to his emphasis on fun, safety, and connection in social dancing. He is a Level I iRest Yoga Nidra trained teacher.

Horacio is passionate about travel and culture, and he loves to share Brazilian zouk dance and music in Edmonton. When he’s not on the dance floor, he can often be found spinning tunes as his alter ego, Connect-Dj.



Chelsey hails from the Canadian prairies. Growing up she dabbled in all sorts of dance and movement modalities—from gymnastics to martial arts, modern and latin dance to AcroYoga and contact improvisation—until finally falling for the most intriguing dance of all, Brazilian zouk.

Chelsey believes dance is a moving meditation, and she likes to explore the power of dance to connect us to the present moment. Her zouk dance technique is influenced by Soulzouk, MZouk and ZoukNY, and her approach to teaching and movement draws strongly from contact improvisation. She is a Level I iRest Yoga Nidra trained teacher.

Chelsey loves sharing Brazilian zouk and promoting movement and social dance as a vehicle for fun, friendship, and personal growth.

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