Valerie Salstrom (Cleveland, OH):

One of America's busiest Lindy and Balboa teachers, Valerie has a reputation for her finesse on the dance floor. She emphasizes musicality and connection regardless of the style of swing. Since 2002 Valerie has taken home the 2003 National Jitterbug Championships (NJC) Grand Slam Championship, became both the 2004 NJC Balboa Champions and the 2004 American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC) American Showcase Champions and most recently, (in 2005) she returned to ALHC to place 2nd in the same competition.

Valerie is the organizer of the 'All Balboa Weekend' held annually in her home town of Cleveland. This Weekend event first started in 2001 and was the first major dance camp dedicated solely to Balboa. It features the American Classic Balboa Championships (ACBC), one of the nations most respected and sought after Balboa competitions.

Valerie also played a major role in organizing (and participating in) the Guinness World Record breaking 'Heart Health Hop' event sponsored by St. Joseph Aspirin, which broke the record for the 'Longest Dance Party'. From July 29-31 (2003), 41 participants danced at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, for 52 hours and 3 minutes...smashing the old record! (search "longest dance party")

Valerie is enthusiastic about passing on her love and passion for dance and she brings a fresh, interesting, and lighthearted attitude to both the dance floor and the classroom. Valerie teaches all over the United States, Canada and Europe and runs a dance studio in her hometown of Cleveland, OH. Check out her upcoming Schedule for 2015.

Past Events:

  • 2011 International Balboa Champion
  • 2010 NJC Balboa Champion
  • 2008 International Balboa Champion
  • 2004 American Lindy Hop Champion
  • 2004 & 2006 National Jitterbug Championships Balboa Champion

See a collection of her accomplishments!

GET HEP SWING is owned and operated by Valerie Salstrom. We have other instructors that share the same love and passion for the dance.


Leaders Followers
Andy Lammers Dani Dowler
Brian Tietz Heather Lemire
Corey Flowers Liz Baumgartner
Emil Chuck Megan Hallstrom
Moses Allooh Sarah Siertle
Troy Kozee Valerie Salstrom
Scott Wenning



Slovenian Workmen's Home Dances Last Saturdays of every month.*

LOCATION: The Waterloo Ballroom in the Slovenian Workmen's Home (see Locations)

COST: Each dance is $12/person, $10/students and seniors with valid IDs.

TIME: 8pm - 12am, LIVE Band & DJ music....see below for band listing. Get Hep Swing Jitterbug lesson from 8-9pm