Teaching couples how to dance Together!

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RJ Dance Studio
Quality Instruction that Makes Sense
Salem, Oregon
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1) Quality Dance Instruction is No Accident
We want you to have fun while achieving the best possible foundation on which to build and develop your dance. That is why teaching dance is not just a hobby or a part-time, 2nd job for us. We invest in our own "continued education" by seeking ongoing, professional training from current U.S. and International coaches. This ensures that our instruction is correct and up-to-date. We have over 20 years of professional teaching experience and offer you the best dance and technical material currently being taught.
2) Generally, Dancing is Natural Body Movement
Dancing isn't as much about "making" it happen as it is about "letting " it happen. We teach you the mechanics of lead, follow, framing, natural body movement and how the movement of you and your partner interact. Your feet move to the beat, your body moves to the music.
3) Dancing Should be Fun - and Make Sense
Anything is more fun when you're not struggling. That's why our teaching approach makes sense. We help you understand what you are doing, why you do things a certain way and what happens when you don't.
Meet your instructor, Lora LaMon
glen-lora Lora's reputation is that of a technician. One of her own coaches has remarked that she has one of the best eyes in the business for spotting what's happening in one's dance. She agrees with her coaches, who prefers quality to quantity, and always stresses to her students that "better" is nicer than "more".
She says, "Just about anyone can learn a hundred patterns and do them badly. But we all enjoy watching a proficient dancer execute a few patterns done well."


Lora's strong sense of rhythm and music composition stems from a very early start. She began playing classical piano at the age of 4, eventually developing an interest in contemporary pieces. At 14 she composed her first short concerto. During the mid-70's, she studied and performed classical and contemporary voice for eight years. Lora's dancing began at the age of seven with ballet and tap. She continued dancing through college where she was introduced to ballroom, latin and swing. In 1984, a group or co-workers talked her into joining them at a country western club where for the next four years she mastered all the country couple dances popular at that time. In 1988, Lora re-entered the world of Ballroom. Shortly after that, she began training and teaching.

Lora is available full time for classes, private lessons, technical and competitive coaching. She teaches primarily out of RJ Dance Studio, Salem's Dance Connection, but is also available to travel throughout the Valley. Lora keeps her own dancing current by continuous weekly training with her own coaches. In addition, she attends several training camps throughout the year. Lora has coached with the likes of:
Current Coaches Past Coaches and Workshops or Dance Camps
Elizabeth (Cullip) Knoll
Int'l Standard & American ChampionBuddie & Laurie Schwimmer
World Renowned Swing Masters
Peter Mant

Nic Cotton & Debbie, Avelos
International & Latin 10-Dance Champions
Stanislov & Ludmilla Popov
8-Time Russian Standard Champions
Rick Pride
American Rhythm Rising Star
FJ Abaya & Natasha Thayer
American Rhythm Rising Stars

Chris & Denise Morris
American Smooth Champions
Bob Powers & Julie Gorchakova
Reigning US Rhythm Champions
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Teaching Couples how to dance Together!
RJ Dance Studio
Mail: PO Box 17377, Salem OR 97305
Phone (503) 363-3341 - Toll Free WA/OR: (888) 363-3341

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