This Week’s Instructor | Brittney Valdez

Brittney Valdez teaches this week at West Coast Wednesdays.

Brittney Valdez has been a ballroom instructor for just over a decade. She started out her dance journey as a college kid looking for something fun to do in her free to time. She was introduced to Salsa dancing and a variety of other ballroom dances in her time at the University of Illinois Champaign and was instantly hooked.

In 2006, at the age of 21, Brittney found her place at Fred Astaire Buffalo Grove with the encouragement of Norm and Heidi Lucky. She saw much success in her five years with the franchise, due to their high expectations on top of her own and access to training from some of the best dancers in the country. By the end of her five years she was both regionally and nationally ranked numerous times as both an instructor and a competitor. Her crowning achievement was clinching the title of 2010 United States Rising Star Rhythm Champion with her then partner, Aleks Nashev, a great close to an undefeated year in the Rising Star division.

Brittney has been working for herself for the last nine years. With a more flexible schedule she been able to tackle other styles of dance such as West Coast Swing where she is currently an All-Star level dancer, as well as Country Western, the social aspects of which have had a great impact on her dancing.

Brittney is now a Division 1 Couples World Champions and Masters Competitors, teaching and training locally and nationally with her partner Ronnie DeBenedetta.

Brittney shares a passion for dance not only as a competitor, but also as an instructor, and most of all as a social dancer. She looks forward to sharing that passion with all of you on November 27th, when she will be teaching for West Coast Wednesdays.