This Week’s Instructors | Brittney Valdez
Brittney Valdez has had a passion for sports and music alike from a very young age. While music has never failed to put a smile on her face, a wiggle in her bottom, and a bounce in her step, it wasn’t until college that Brittney was exposed to ballroom dancing, the perfect combination of her athleticism and musicality. From her first Salsa lesson, she was hooked on dancing…there was no turning back! Three years, two schools, and several majors later, it became obvious that a career in dancing was the ultimate goal.
In the summer of 2006, at the age of 21, Brittney began her career at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Buffalo Grove,IL, becoming part of a team whose collective ambition would drive the studio to become number one in the franchise. It was here that her dance training really began. During her five years at the studio, she had the privilege of working with some of the most prominent Ballroom and Latin professionals in the world. She became certified through a full silver level (passing with honors), mastered her teaching skills, and met students and staff that have left a lasting impression on her. Finally, she formed a partnership with Aleks Nashev that was undefeated in the Rising Star Rhythm division throughout 2010, culminating in their title as 2010 United States Rising Star Rhythm Champions.
Through her journey as a competitive dancer, Brittney has received the gift of self expression and a new confidence that has affected every area of her life. While she has always been a bit of an idealist, she now believes more than ever that anything you put your mind to is possible. She is intent on sharing the gift of dancing with everyone who will allow her, hoping they all get a least a small taste of the transformation that dancing sets in motion.
Brittney approaches every lesson with unfailing optimism and an infectious spirit that inspires her students to learn and accomplish more than they thought possible! She is affectionately known for her contagious laughter and a smile that will never fail to brighten your day, but don’t let that fool you, as she is a tough cookie when it comes to learning to dance, unafraid to push students to their limit when in their own best interest.
“I hope to see you soon whether on a lesson, in a class, or on the social dance floor. Don’t be shy. I don’t bite.”