DirectorKimberly 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.
Dance InstructorBrooke 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.
Dance InstructorLiv 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!
Dance InstructorChristina 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.
Dance InstructorCory 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!
Oshie Mellon started dancing at the age of four at Valley Dance Theatre and has been in love with it ever since. In her senior year of high school, Oshie toured with the Dance Makers Inc. Convention as a teacher’s assistant and backstage crew, where she had the opportunity to work with Robert Roldan (SYTYCD), Dejan Tubic (choreographer of The Pentatonix world tour), Erica Sobol (Founder and artistic director of collidEdance), and other contemporary artists, including Kathryn McCormick and Brooke Zelus, who served as mentors over the year that she toured with the convention. Throughout high
Raised in Mableton, GA, Crystal Dove Blakeney is an alumna of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the magnet program at Pebblebrook High School. She graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 2006 with a double major in Commercial Music Performance and Music Business. She has sung background vocals for Motley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” (Katrina Version) and can be seen singing in “Alan Jackson: Let It Be Christmas” on CMT. In 2007 her debut single “Until You Come Back To Me” became Billboard Magazine’s #1 R&B Single Sales Song of the year, staying at the #1 spot for over 6 months straight. Along with her songwriting and recording career, she has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2008. Many of her students have found success in national pageants, local community theater, talent competitions, showcases, and school productions. She teaches Mini Music Makers, an early music education class, at both Augusta County and Rockingham County Parks & Recreation, incorporating original learning songs and curriculum. She does voiceover work for Crimsonmuzik Vocalz, providing custom vocals for national competitive cheer music. She is new to the Shenandoah Valley but has already become involved in local theater, most recently playing Oz in the ShenanArts production of “We Will Rock You.”
Adam is from Richmond, VA and is a Music Education major at James Madison University. He is a member of the Marching Royal Dukes and the Pep Band. He has also played in the University Concert Band and the JMU Brass Band. He is a Brother of the Kappa Kappa Psi: National Honorary Fraternity for college bands (a service organization) and recently served as the Interim Director of Music at Westhunt Baptist Church. There he directed the Congregation each week and the adult and children’s choirs; and he organized special music for services. Recently, Adam volunteered at Skyline Middle School working with the 6th grade brass players. Adam is an accomplished piano, guitar, and brass instrument player, currently holding the title of Section Leader for the Sousaphone Section of the Marching Royal Dukes since 2017. He is excited to be joining the VDT faculty this season.
“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.