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Valerie S.

Organizer, Get Hep Swing & ABW owner, Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs coach


Lakewood, OH

Joined group

Sep 24, 2011


Hi there! I am Valerie Salstrom and I am the creator and founder of Get Hep Swing. I am a full time professional swing dancer. I teach, compete, perform, choreograph, judge and coach a variety of swing dance forms from the 1920s-1950s.

How long have you been swing dancing? Just getting my feet wet. I took a class once but don't remember much. I know enough to be popular at weddings. I invented swing dancing!

I have been swing dancing since the early 90s. I started my company Get Hep Swing in 1998.

What swing dances do you know or what swing dances are you interested in learning? Jitterbug/East Coast Swing? Lindy? Balboa? Charleston? Blues? West Coast?

I love doing Lindy Hop, Balboa, Jitterbug, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Tango, Carolina Shag ...I love all forms of partnered dancing.

What interests you most about swing dancing/learning how to swing dance? I need to expand my social circle! I will enjoy the health benefits! I LOVE swing music! It looks like so much fun! I can't stand another Saturday night alone with my cats

There is no better feeling than dancing with a fun partner to live swing music. I have a huge circle of friends because of swing dancing. Swing dancing is an easy way to get a little more cardio added to your regular work out routine. I also find it really cool that I can travel all over the United States...or the World and I immediately have a group of friends to hang out with because of swing dancing. The swing dancing community is very open and welcoming and no matter where you go you will find a place to go and dance and make new friends.

Are you interested in attending monthly dances with pre-dance lessons and live bands? What motivates you to attend a dance? Location? Band? Night of the week? Friends are going too? Price?

I love our two monthly dances. We have dances on the second Friday of every month and the last Saturday of every month. The dances always begin with a one hour beginner Jitterbug lesson from 8-9. A live band plays from 9pm until midnight. The dances are $12 per person. $10 for students and seniors with a valid ID. The dances are open to people of all ages and abilities and there is no need to attend with a partner. People are very friendly and everyone dances with everyone. People usually dress casual and comfy. The best shoes to wear are comfortable and not too grippy on the bottom. Drinks and snacks are sold at each dance.

Are you interested in taking 5 week lessons and/or specialty workshops? What days, times and locations are good for you?

We offer 5 week lessons and specialty workshops at the Brecksville Center for the Arts and other locations. Please check under the lessons and events section for the most up to date information. I also offer private lessons for: $60 an hour for one teacher and 1-2 students. $100 an hour for a teaching couple and 1-4 students.