Discover the Romance! the Sizzle! the Fun! of Dancing Together!
is a season for everything under heaven;
A time to mourn,
and a time to dance.
Ecl 3:1, 4b
Don't Miss a Step of It!
|About the Studio|
Ballroom Swing Latin Classes
Adult Ballroom Swing Latin Classes
Hawaiian Spinning Poi Classes
Hip Hop Classes
Belly Dance Classes
Weekly Dances - Pearce Ballroom
Wedding Dance Preparation
NW Area Events & Comps
Local Dance Scene
About the Studio -
Goals & Philosophy
Meet Instructor, Lora
Meet Instructor, RJ
Studio News- What's Happening
Event Planning Services
Dancer's Healthy Tips Page
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 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.
The 1,200 sq ft floor is a sprung, hard wood maple floor, making for a comfortable surface on which to work.
Our Dance Philosophy
A Real Class Critique
dancing is a large umbrella under which several sub-categories of dance
are covered. We teach both American Style (more social) and
International Style (more competitive) depending on your needs and
In Swing, we offer four different styles: Basic Swing, East Coast, West Coast and Lindy. There are several other styles of Swing, depending on where you are in the Country. Although Swing dances have distinct differences, some dancers blend two or more styles together.
Under the Ballroom category, we offer the most popular dances in Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango. We also offer Quickstep and Viennese Waltz, which are not as popular socially, but are a great deal of fun to do, if your floor is large enough to accommodate them.
In Latin there are also many varieties of rhythms available. ChaCha, Rumba and Mamba or Salsa are the most popular, as well as Merengue and Samba.
Some Club Dances are included in the social and competitive circles. But for the most part, these dances lend themselves better to the Club setting; large crowds, small floors. In addition to the Swing dances, this category includes such dances as Night Club 2-Step, Hustle, Salsa/Mambo and Argentine Tango.
|Our Dance Philosophy is Simple|
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.
|A Real Class Evaluation - Pros & Cons from the Students|
is a compilation of several student evaluations of classes they have
taken either with RJ or Lora or both. The comments have been grouped in
like categories listing both positive and negative comments with some
miscellaneous comments at the end. After compiling these comments, it
becomes evident that it is impossible to please everyone; and no matter
what classes or teaching formats are offered, someone is wanting it to
be different.... whatever that might be.
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Ballroom 317 Court Street
Downtown Salem, Oregon
(Next to Great Harvest Bread Above Roy John's Jewelry)
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