RJ Dance Studio has been an established teaching studio in the Salem area since 1984. Weekly dances have been hosted by the Studio since 1991. The Studio is currently located in the beautifully renovated Pearce Ballroom, located Upstairs at 317 Court Street NE, Downtown Salem.
Our teachers are professional instructors. They regularly attend dance camps and their own lessons and classes to maintain and improve their teaching skills and provide the student with the best and most current dance material.
The Ballroom is a no smoking and no alcohol environment, so you have a healthy, safe environment in which to dance.
Salsa, Tweener Level
March 19, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Coast Swing, Level 1
March 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Foxtrot, Tweener Level
March 20, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
March 20, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
East Coast Swing, Level 1
March 21, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hustle, Introduction Level
March 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballroom Tango, Level 1
March 22, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
March 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ballroom Tango, Level 2
March 29, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let's dance.
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.
I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.
You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
There is a season for everything under heaven; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
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Lora is available full time for classes, private lessons and technical coaching. She teaches primarily out of RJ Dance Studio, LLC, located in downtown Salem Oregon. 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.
There are 2 pivotal moments in Kathy’s dance life: The day she fell in love with dance at her 6th grade sock hop; and the day she started sharing her love of dance with others. Kathy grew up dancing and has been sharing her passion for dance with students for more than 15 years. Her first love is the social dance floor, which is reflected in her teaching as she strives to help people learn the technique and skill necessary to lead, follow, and create spontaneous dance. Students tend to appreciate her fun-loving attitude, eye for detail, and her focused approach.
Her goal is to connect with each student while offering clear, solid dance technique, motivation and an enjoyable learning and dancing environment.
She is probably most well-known for teaching and specializing in contemporary styles such as West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two-Step, Hustle, Country Two-Step, Salsa, and Meringue.
She believes that the measure of a great dancer is the size of the smile on their partner’s face.
Discover the fun. Discover dance!
(Irish Step Dance – Hard and Soft Shoe)
Meaghan started Irish dancing at age 10 after watching Riverdance obsessively on OPB. For the next 15 years, she trained as a competitive soloist and team dancer in addition to participating on a performance troupe for 13 years. As both a solo and team competitor, Meaghan traveled all over North America and to Ireland and Scotland to dance in regional, national and world level competitions. She was a top five podium soloist in the western region and a top 25 soloist at the nationals. In 2014 she sat and passed her TCRG certification, making her a registered dance teacher with the Irish Dancing Commission (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland. She teaches with the Yeates Academy of Irish Dance.
You are a highly gifted teacher! We have so enjoyed getting to know you, in the process of learning to dance. We will continue to frequent the studio as we endeavor to get better and look forward to our continued fellowship with you.
There is no 'one' word that can express my gratitude for all you did for us at our Saturday night party. My clients are still talking about it! Thank you very much. It went exactly as I had hoped.
It's unbelievable that six years ago we started taking private lessons from you. Those lessons started us on a wonderful road, holding each other close, delighting each other with endless variations, and lots of just plain fun. So, here we are between Barcelona and Florence in the last third of our trans-Atlantic cruise and we are not only having the usual fun, but feeling very grateful to you for giving us that kick start. Life's good, and you're a part of that.
I have very high regard for Lora LaMon and her Studio, RJ Dance Studio. A year ago, my wife and I did not know how to dance. Lora has taught us how to confidently take to the floor and dance Swing, Waltz, Tango and seven other styles of dance. Dancing is now a very fun part of our lives and a great way to spend time together doing something we both enjoy. Finding Lora and RJ Dance Studio made that possible for us.
Lora is an excellent dance instructor! Just completed the basic waltz class where she taught body mechanics and the how and why of certain steps and movements. She has a relaxed, yet thorough approach to the lesson and we enjoyed her often humorous explanations. We look forward to many more lessons.
Wonderful teacher, wonderful atmosphere, great fun!!!
Over the months we have found that beyond simply learning dance steps, we have learned to DANCE! We are acquiring a new strength and hopefully grace of movement. Our balance has improved. The mental exercise of moving in the right way at the right time in partnership with another person is so valuable. Thank you! You are a gifted teacher. We appreciate the methodical, purposeful, and joyful manner in which you approach dancing lessons. We are truly enjoying learning to dance!
Thanks for the lead/follow workshop this afternoon. Cat and I really enjoyed it and feel that we learned something we can bring to our dancing.
Lora is a fantastic instructor and brings a light, fun atmosphere! We look forward to taking more classes with her!
My husband and I have been taking dance classes from RJ dance studio for over a year now. Lora LaMon is a very friendly and likable person. She instructs well and is very patient. We have also regularly attended weekly social dances. The atmosphere is welcoming and the people are friendly. It is an easy place for beginners to learn a variety of dances. We have had a lot of fun!
We love our dance lessons at R.J. Dance Studio- Can't wait to rock our moves on the dance floor this weekend! Lamar and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the classes we've attended! It's been lots of fun meeting new people and learning the basics.. Lora is a great and patient teacher; she is also energetic, her feet never stop moving even when the music stops!
Lora has been great with teaching the basics, she keeps things light and positive, and I am amazed at how quickly I have become comfortable!
Excellent instruction from Lora!!! What a fun and friendly class! We are NOT natural dancers but with her great instruction and practice, we are starting to get it! Thanks so much!
I enjoyed taking dance lessons from you and the confidence it gave me to have such a solid dance foundation. Your attention to detail, clear instructions and some of your metaphors have encouraged and supported me in many areas of my life. I wanted to thank you for continuing to follow your passion and teach people the art of dance.