Salsa4Life PDX

Salsa4Life PDX

5.0 (6)
1 hire on
6 employees
16 years in business

About this pro

I'm a salsa dance instructor with over 10 years of instruction experience. I recently relocated from Oregon to Raleigh where I taught Salsa lessons.  I turned 2 left feet into dancing machines in no time. My expertise are with beginners. I've been told that I'm very patient. I have taught thousands of students how to dance and have fun with it. If you are looking to become a skilled social dancer with ease and fun, I'm the right person for you!:) 

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I look forward to teaching many more eager students how to dance Salsa!:)

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Raleigh, NC 27610
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6 Reviews


  • Amy Hammond

    Clara managed to break the mold for my husband who had absolutely no rhythm. She not only taught him how to dance but she gave him suggestions on how to learn to feel the rhythm of the music. I have always loved dancing and when my husband said we were going to Salsa lessons I was excited. We have been dancing Salsa thanks to Clara for 1 1/2 years now and loving every minute of it.

  • Jasdeep Talwar

    Clara is an amazing dance instructor. She gave amazing lessons to me and my wife for our first dance. Fun person to work with and always flexible with schedule.

  • Steven C

    I took salsa lessons with Clara for a couple of years coming from no salsa experience before. Her group lessons were GREAT. She did well to teach folks at all levels breaking down the steps simply. As you progress and become more confident on the dance floor, she encourages CREATIVITY so that you can grow in your own style. Whatever reason that you have for pursuing salsa, lessons with Clara have always been a WELCOMING experience into a FAMILY and the diverse culture that is the salsa community. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Alan Coleman

    There is no one I would recommend more highly for salsa lessons. She is the absolute best, hands down. She cares about her students and about the salsa community as a whole. She makes her lessons fun and just makes you want to go out and dance all the time.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My typical process for working with a student is to assess what they are looking to achieve within the time frame allocated to learn the dance.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have trained with many professional dancers within a 12 year span period. I've traveled to many Salsa congresses and have taken workshops from many instructors.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, I chargé $70 per hour for 1 student, or $90 for a couple (2 ppl).

Call me if you need additional pricing.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching after many years of social dancing.Many people in my town didn't know how to dance Salsa and they would constantly ask if I could teach them. The requests became evident that there was a need for a class, this was the beginning of many.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've taught students from many different backgrounds and ages.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm fond of many events. The one that stands out the most is the culminating events for Dancing Classrooms which showcases 5th graders dancing ballroom.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice is to look for someone that is patient and kind that they feel comfortable with. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should be able to ask any question they like to get a sense of what to expect during a lesson. The questions can range from what should they wear to how long will they take to learn the dance at a comfortable level etc.