Naomi Uyama: Why we should all support Kids Programs

 Guest post by Naomi Uyama   Peter and I have worked with some of the kids programs across the country at different events such as ILHC and Great Southwest Lindyfest.  Cleveland’s Junior Jitterbugs is one of the rare local programs that gives kids lindy hop instruction and a safe place to be on a regular […]

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Youth Programs – Interview with Valerie Salstrom of the Junior Jitterbugs in Cleveland, OH.

Original interview from 2012. Do you work with a particular school or group? Primarily with one school, but other kids have joined through family connections (siblings, cousins) and word of mouth. The group is very established and has a good reputation now and is very popular. The program started 7 years ago as part of […]

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Funding for Children’s Programs

Interview with Valarie Salstrom of the Junior Jitterbugs and Get Hep Swing in Cleveland, OH by Mandi Gould. Val, can you speak about the original grant that gave you your start with these children’s programs? Originally, we started with a 4 year grant that was part of a mixed arts program. The theme of the […]

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Swing for Kids: Inspire and Empower

By Kim Kays My name is Kim Kays and I’m the Executive Director for a brand new Non-Profit in Chicago called Swing for Kids. I started swing dancing four years ago and vividly recall witnessing my first jam circle. The energy, passion, and love for the music was evident in every dancer that was brave […]

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