About Us

Something for Everyone

Studio Viva was founded in 2006 in Palatine, a Northwest Suburb of Chicago, with the goal of providing quality dance instruction and dance venues for the suburban dancers. Since then, over 14,000 students have trained at Studio Viva – and many still dance in the suburbs, in Chicago and elsewhere. Now, in addition to dance instruction, they offer social dancing events to anyone in the NW suburbs, as well as referrals to any quality event services.

Dora Parks, Founder and Director of Studio Viva, is a trained instructor of classical ballet, jazz, Swing and Latin dances. She has competed and won various professional swing and salsa competitions in Europe as well in the US. She danced and taught in Chicago since 1999. She has taught in Chicago’s dance studios and performed at various corporate and private events, both in the US and internationally.

Wedding Dance

For couples who are preparing for their First Dance – we help you every step of the way, from music selection to polished moves that are executed with grace that allows both you and your guests to enjoy your special day. ANY style of music can be used – this is YOUR day! We will find the dance rhythm to match your selection.


Your Princess will have her dream dance! We will work with your group for to teach beautifully choreographed Waltz and an optional Surprise Dance(s) if requested, for the occasion.  Your perfect Quinceañera celebration is ahead – you can choose any style of music and we will make it the perfect dance to remember.

Private Lessons/Group Private

These lessons are scheduled at times that are convenient to you and they are completely tailored to your individual needs.
Group private lessons  –are available for groups who want to take private lessons, or who are preparing for special performances in a great variety of dance styles to match your needs.


Highlights from Past Events

Studio Viva! brings you top notch dance instructors who are well known in the Chicago-area.
We also offer classes for corporate or private events, and in a studio setting: group and private classes in various locations.

All of our classes, dances and private lessons are conducted with safety precautions observed – we require that you wear a MASK. 


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