DJ Girl Wonder is insured, fully equipped and ready to play for your special event, dance or party. She focuses on engaging guests with dance activities, line dances and games that encourage everyone to get up and dance. As an experienced dance instructor, she is available to provide group dance lessons and perform at your event.
Valerie is a professional member of the American Disc Jockey Association. She regularly attends conferences, meetings and lectures in her never-ending quest to stay current and track trends. A few years ago, she completed college-accredited DJ classes at Scottsdale Community College to further enrich her Dj skills. She now serves on the Advisory Committee for the SCC accredited DJ Program.
She is frequently asked to spin at private events, night clubs, dance studios and corporate events. Outside of Arizona, she has guest DJ'd in the Washington DC area, Kauai Hawaii, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Jose, Irvine and San Diego. Her extensive knowledge of musical genres and creative song selection continue to delight guests of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
Hustle: Classic and Contemporary Hustle and Disco Dance music, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, Top 40
Lindy Hop: Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues, Jump Blues, Classic Big Band Swing, Groovy Lindy, Neo-Swing, Jitterbug, East Coast Swing
West Coast Swing: Contemporary, Blues, Hip Hop, R&B
Ballroom: Social, American and International. Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Bolero, Mambo, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata
Salsa and Latin: Salsa Dura, On 1, On 2, Timba, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Kizomba, Zouk
Zydeco: Zydeco, Cajun Waltz, Cajun Jig, Cajun 2 step Country: Progressive Two Step, Arizona Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Hustle, Polka, Pony, Line Dance, Contemporary and Classic Also:
20's Great Gatsby - Roaring 20s jazz
30's and 40's Jazz, Swing and Jump Blues
50's Rock, Sock hop and Doo Wop 60's Rock, Motown and Soul 70's Rock, Pop, Funk and Disco
80's New Wave, Punk, Reggae and Ska Current dance music, house, electronica, Top 40 Classical, jazz and standards
Experience: In the Phoenix area, DJ Girl Wonder has performed at Opa, Myst, Monsterland, Club Red, Club Mardi Gras, Fahrenheit (was Johnny Q's), Suite 301, BS West, Mijana (was Layalena), La Taverna (was Mythos), Orange Tree, Barrio Fiesta, Alice Cooperstown, Spokes on Southern, Ragin Cajun, and Sign of the Whale. DJ Girl Wonder spins regularly for Phoenix Hustle events, and has guest DJ'd at Lindy Shrine, Kats Korner, Al Moro, Club Red Swing, the Phoenix Lindy Exchange, the Swing Lounge at Fahrenheit, and the Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club (WCS).
DJ Girl Wonder has been contracted for events at resorts such as the Arizona Grand, AZ Biltmore, Marriott's Camelback Inn, Doubletree, and at large venues such as Falcon Field, Lathe House Pavilion, El Zaribah and VFW. She is often hired to spin at Art Detour, First Friday, private homes as well as dance studios/ballrooms such Ambiant, Paragon, Stars, Arthur Murray, Art of Dance, Al Moro, Academy of Ballroom Dance, and Fat Cat.
Outside of Arizona, she has guest DJ'd in the Washington DC area, Los Angeles, Kauai Hawaii, Philadelphia, San Jose, Irvine, Laguna, San Diego and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
DJ for National dance events
GPSDC 4th of July West Coast Swing Convention: Phoenix 2012. WCS-Weds,Thurs and Sunday nights 10 - 12am. Disco America: Hustle Dj .Philadelphia, 2011 GPSDC 4th of July Convention: Phoenix 2011 - WCS-5 hours late nite on Thurs. and Friday Madjam: 2010 and 2011, near Washington DC. DJ staff for the hustle room, 7 hours. 1500 dancers. Fantasy Ball: New Year’s Eve 2009/10. WCS/Hustle crossover, Irvine CA. One of two DJs. 6 hours over two days. Grand Pacific Dance Championships hosted by Raul Ante and Billy Fajardo: San Jose, CA.
Primary DJ for hustle and salsa- 2008: 17 hours, with MC Angel Figueroa and 2009: 14 hours with MC John Wheaton GPSDC 4th of July Convention: Phoenix 2009: 9 hours total: WCS latenite on Weds. and Sunday, primary DJ for the Ballroom Mix in the second ballroom on Weds, and primary DJ for the Hustle Ballroom on Thurs. night. AZ Swing Jam/Frankie Manning Weekend: Phoenix 2009. Lindy Hop DJ, 2 hours HustleUnited.com: New Year's Eve 2008/2009. Irvine, CA. One of two DJs. 3 hours AZ Swing Jam/Frankie Manning Weekend: Phoenix 2008. Lindy Hop DJ, 2 hours, latenight Phoenix Lindy Exchange: 2007 Lindy Hop 3 hours, late night
DJ Education: Six DJ classes at Scottsdale Community College in AZ: This is the first DJ program in the country to award an accredited college DJ degree.
1) Live-Performance Disc Jockey Techniques. Fall 2009
Development of beginning level live-performance disc jockey techniques. Emphasis on understanding the construction of industry-formatted dance songs, cueing, segueing/mixing methods, the relationship of beats per minute to segueing, and programming songs to entertain a live audience. Covers the history of the live performance DJ and strategies for soliciting employment in the field. Instructor: DJ Rob Wegner 2) Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ. Spring and Fall 2010 Covers the skills required in vinyl manipulation; examines the development of turntable techniques and the contributions made by individual turntable artists. Instructor: DJ "Ruthless" Ramsey Higgins. YouTube: Spring 2010 final performance and Fall 2010 final performance 3) Digital DJ Performance Techniques. Fall 2009 and 2010 Covers the skills required for live performance; examines and provides experience in the development of turntable and digital media techniques. Instructor: DJ Emile in 2009 and Benjamin Cutswell in 2010 4) Beatmatching Fall 2012. Beatmatching by ear using only two turntables, or two CDJs. DJ Tranzit
Valerie and her dance partner Lynde Hunt engage guests with dance activities, line dances and games that encourage everyone to get up and dance. As experienced dance instructors, they are available to provide group dance lessons and perform at your event.
DJ Girl Wonder specializes in themed dance events: