The Tango Butterfly

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Principal Teacher and founder: Dana Parker, B.A hons.

“Argentine Tango is a lifestyle for me, in direct contrast to all the flirts I’ve had with other dance styles. Only through it I can draw on my eclectic array of dance exposure to articulate emotions and actively pursue my passion for both improvisational dance and music. When you are away from Tango, you are never truly away. Tango will always be there waiting for you.”
~ Dana Parker

Starting in dance performance at the age of 2 ½, Dana has a history of dance performance, choreography, and teaching that spans decades. A teacher of Tango in Australia since 2004, she has partnered some amazing Australian and International Tango professionals.

Dana regularly partners with Jake Hart for performances and their biggest shows have included being star Tango dancers in Sydney’s Tango Stage Show ‘Twilight Tango’ alongside Tangalo, one of Australia’s foremost Tango quintets.They were also guest star perfomers in Sidewalk Tango’s Caberet Show “Martini Tango” along with Melbourne’s Tango Collusion Trio. Dana has also partnered the magnificent Ney Melo (US) in his last two Australian tours.


Dana is trained in both lead and follow roles in various styles of tango and teaches with an emphasis on quality movement, connection with the music and awareness of social etiquette.  She has taught classes and workshops in tours and Tango Festivals around Australia and is also an accomplished international Tango DJ.

She established “Tango Butterfly” in Melbourne in 2011, a dance studio dedicated to contemporary social Argentine Tango. She used to run the popular la Milonga de las Mariposas in Glen Iris.

“Understanding the nature of movement, balance and energy is crucial for improvisational freedom.  Good technique is key.  Tango does not exist without connection with the music, with your partner, and with yourself.”

Formal training in movement and dance includes: modern & contemporary dance, jazz, funk, ballet, calisthenics, gymnastics, tae-kwondo, bellydance, yoga, tai chi, salsa & street latin, and tap. She has trained as a Pilates instructor under the Polestar method and a Sacred Elements trained Qi Gong Instructor. In her earlier years, Dana also toured in several international dancing tours with the Australian Drill & Dance Team.

Dana is also a qualified English as a Second language teacher and corporate trainer.

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