Brittney Valdez is the owner of the Strut Ballroom Studio.
Brittney 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. She began a new competitive journey in August 2016 with her partner Eric Nava on the UCWDC circuit. They started 2017 with a bang finishing 2nd place in Division 1 at the 2017 UCWDC Worlds to a couple from Belgium. Brittney also had the privilege of learning from and competing with the ever- talented Gary McIntyre. Together they won 1st place at Worlds giving Brittney her first ever World Champion title on the UCWDC circuit. Brittney and Eric are now Division 1 Couples World Champions and Masters Competitors, teaching and training locally and nationally. 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 at West Coast Wednesdays.