Kimberly Field is a native of Calgary, Canada where she began her dance training at the age of three. In Calgary, she performed with Calaway Live, the Quiksilver Dance Team (National Basketball League) and appeared in many local educational films. She choreographed the Country group, Sisters, choreographed for the Miss Canada Pageant and worked with the Front Row Center Players as Assistant Choreographer.
At Shenandoah University she had the opportunity to train with many great teachers including, Erica Helm, Alan Arnett, Mary Robare, Susan Shields, Lynn Simonson, Christine Daikin, Jane Franklin, Doug Elkins, Sean Curran, Robert Duvall (Tango) and others. During this time Kimberly’s choreography was presented at three American College Dance Festivals. In 1999 she received her BFA in Dance Performance with additional course work in Education. Her awards from Shenandoah University include the 1999 Dance Educator of the Year and the 1998 Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Award for Choreographic Excellence. Upon graduation she taught for Shenandoah University and began a daily Dance Program at Berkley Springs High School in Berkley Springs, West Virginia. For the Winchester Public School system she choreographed full length productions of Guys and Dolls ’00 and Fiddler on the Roof ’99.
Upon arriving in Staunton in 2001, Kimberly taught Ballet and Jazz Technique at JMU and opened Valley Dance Theatre in May of 2004. VDT is now entering its 13th season and the Valley Dance Theatre Performance Company has won numerous awards under the direction of Ms. Field. Her students have been admitted to the Dance Programs at Marymount New York, Pace, Dean, Sarah Lawrence, GMU, JMU and Shenandoah University; assisted for Dancemakers Inc; and performed on Broadway, on major cruise lines, in music videos, and at large amusements parks. Kimberly is a Registered Teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance and Acrobatic Arts, Judges for the State Dance Championships and Showstopper and is a Certified Zumba instructor.
Brooke Driver obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance with a concentration in education and choreography from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA in 2003. While attending Mercyhurst she was on a dance merit scholarship and a member of the Mercyhurst Dancers and Lake Erie Ballet Company. Brooke spent much of her younger years studying the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus and completed many Grade and Major RAD Examinations. Brooke was also a member of the area Shenandoah Civic Dance Company for eleven years. Since her completion of college she has had the opportunity to teach at numerous studios across the state; from Manassas to Lexington and from Orange to Monterey. Brooke was also an adjunct teacher with the Shenandoah Valley Governors School within their Theatre Department teaching Dance for Actors. She has also taken a great interest in Musical Theatre production and has choreographed numerous full length productions including; The King and I, Footloose, Copacabana and Once on this Island. Brooke has been with valley dance theatre for over ten years and is also the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Holiday Inn in Charlottesville.
Liv Ice is a rising junior musical theatre major at James Madison University. She grew up training under Maryen Lorraine Miller and Abby Lee Miller at Reign Dance Productions. At four years old, she began competing and traveling the country with the Abby Lee Dance Company, eventually becoming a permanent faculty member and choreographer. Not only did she obtain her training from the ALDC, but also at competitions like Jump, Nuvo, 24Seven, Dance Masters of America, Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Alliance as well as many others. Through these competitions Liv has won many highest scoring solo, small groups and lines. She performed at the Disney World Theatre in Orlando’s theme park, was a dancer in the choreography showcase during the 2013 Jazz Dance World Congress (placing in the top five) and was hand picked by Broadway’s own Ben Vereen to be a featured dancer in his Broadway Theatre Project production, Journey to the Footlights. Liv has taught at many dance studios across the country as an assistant to Abby Lee Miller on her 2015 world tour. She is so excited to begin working as a tap teacher at Valley Dance Theatre!
Christina Tweardy received a MFA in dance from George Mason University in 2004 and her K-12 Virginia Certification in Dance in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania which she received in 1999. Tina was a member of George Mason Dance Company from 2002-04. She also was a member of the IUP Dance Company from 1998-1999 and Assistant Choreographer for the Theater Department’s productions of “My Fair Lady” and “Hair”. While at George Mason, she premiered pieces for Elizabeth Price and Boris Willis as well as being a contributing choreographer for the Company. During 2003-2004 she was Artistic Director for a community theater program in Fairfax, Virginia. Tina has been a dance instructor at Valley Dance Theatre for over ten years and is also the Science teacher for Genesis Alternative School in Staunton, Virginia.
Cory Willis studied dance at Brenau University and is an Adjunct Dance Instructor at Piedmont. He has extensive experience in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and ballet technique. Professionally, Cory has performed with the Atlanta Opera’s Aida as a principal dancer and gone on tour with the hit kids television show Ragg’s Kid Club Band. Cory has danced alongside Ashlyne Huff and also worked with Tyce Diorio on an episode of Drop Dead Divas. Cory takes pride in helping others learn and grow in creative movement. Cory is excited to begin his second season with valley dance theatre!
Celie Collins began her dance training at Valley Dance Theatre in 2003 until she moved with her family to Williamsburg, VA in 2008. She continued her dancing at the Institute for Dance and began teaching there in 2015. She has training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, and kickline. Celie also began training with The Movement Dance Company at age 13. In her first year, she was hand-picked by choreographers to be featured in some of the company’s numbers for their annual spring show. In her third year, she landed the lead role in the company’s 2016 production, 3016. She will now be assisting the company under the director. Celie has also had opportunities throughout her years to train with notable dancers and choreographers such as Galen Hooks and Lloyd Culbreath. She is excited to return home to Valley Dance Theatre this year.
Jann Shenk will return to VDT this fall to teach her favorite dance style… Tap.Jann owned and operated the Ballet Box for 30 years which is now Valley Dance Theatre. During her teaching career she attended JMU,Broadway Dance Center,Richmond Ballet and Dance Caravan. She was honored by former Gov. Chuck Robb for her promotion of the arts in Staunton. After a 10 year hiatus( joint replacements) she is thrilled to share her love for tap offering a teen/adult class “New and Review”. This class will be great for anyone wishing to join the nationwide tap revival. Thank you Miss Kim for this wonderful opportunity, Keep Dancin’ Jann Shenk
Scarlette Kerr is a 2017 graduate of James Madison University where she got her Bachelor of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano.
A native of Waynesboro, VA, she began piano lessons and formed her love of music at the age of four. She attended Waynesboro High School and accompanied the Waynesboro High School Concert Choir and had the opportunity to perform with them at Carnegie Hall her senior year.
While at JMU, Mrs. Kerr was an active accompanist. She was the recipient of the Annette Floyd May Choral Accompanist Scholarship and had the privilege of accompanying the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus and University Chorus. She is an active accompanist for community music groups in the Shenandoah Valley including the Page County Community Choir, the Main Street Singers of Luray, Oak Grove Theatre, the Virginia Girl Choir, ShenanArts, the Waynesboro Players, and local high school productions at Turner Ashby High School and Waynesboro High School.
Her professional involvement includes being a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota International Professional Music Fraternity, where she helped organize a free music lessons program for public school students. She is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Virginia Teachers Music Association, and Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association. She has presented at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and was president of the JMU collegiate chapter.
Scarlette currently lives and teaches in Harrisonburg, VA and is an active member of the musical community.
“Miss Annie” Collins comes to VDT with over 25 years of experience working with children of all ages, and most recently, 3 and ½ years of studio office experience. As the office manager for the Institute for Dance, Inc. in Williamsburg, VA, she has been responsible for managing the daily office operations for the non-profit dance studio and providing clerical support and customer service for the families of over 260 dancers. Annie is excited to return to Staunton as part of the VDT family, “I always look forward to the end of the season recitals. It makes me so proud to see the accomplishments of each student; you can always catch me with a few tears of joy as I watch rehearsals. I can’t wait to watch and celebrate the growth and successes of the dancers at VDT over the years to come.”
Annie is married and has two daughters who began their dance careers right here at Valley Dance Theatre! Maddie is a dance major at JMU, and Celie is graduating from Lafayette High School this June and plans to dance professionally. The family’s newly adopted beagle, John Ross, however, does not dance…yet.