The Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs is an after-school program offering a safe structured learning environment for youths from Denison Elementary School in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood who learn to swing dance. The group is led by professional dancer Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing since 2008.
Dance practice is held in the school terms of Spring and Fall and lead to a group performance of their dance routines. They have performed for audiences at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The House of Blues and travelled to cities across the country including Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA and Houston, TX and have even been on TV twice!
This program is FREE to the students in the Brooklyn Centre area and is made possible through generous donations from our partner Neighborhood Connections. Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.45-4.45pm and a hearty snack is provided beforehand.
The Gym at Archwood United Church of Christ, 2800 Archwood Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (near the intersection of Pearl Road and Archwood Avenue)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3.45-4.45pm during school term. If school is cancelled due to bad weather, practice will also be cancelled
What do adults need to do?
Simply drop your kids off at the United Church of Christ at 3.45pm and ensure they make it through the door to the right of the church
Check out the latest Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs video here! We are very excited about it!
From time to time Miss Valerie travels to teach swing dancing all over the world. She will make arrangements for experienced instructors to lead the group during her absence.
There will be no dance practice on snowdays. We will update the site to let you know so keep an eye out! Let’s hope for the best
Thats right! Junior Jitterbugs are coming back and will be better than ever! We love to dance!!