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.
Christina Tweardy received a Masters of Fine Arts 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. In her other life she is currently employed by Staunton High School as a Science teacher.
Miguel Perez started dancing at the University of Arizona where he was fortunate enough to receive a 4-year scholarship for dance. He then went on to dance for both River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. After making a change from concert to commercial dance, Miguel moved to Las Vegas to dance for Celine Dion A New Day at Caesars Palace. Once the Celine show closed in Vegas, Miguel was fortunate enough to go on Celine Dion’s world tour Taking Chances, where he was also dance captain. After being on tour, Miguel made LA his new home. He filmed two workout videos for Hip Hop abs and Dancing with the Stars. He’s appeared on America’s Got Talent, SYTYCD, and has danced with Leona Lewis on Dancing with the Stars. Miguel was also a featured dancer in the show Viva Elvis for Cirque Du Soleil. He has performed on the Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe. He also danced for Paulina Rubio in Mexico City. Miguel has filmed two movies: Behind the Candelabra where he worked with Marguerite Derricks and Ted 2, choreographed by Rob Ashford. Other jobs he has done are a commercial for Acura with Ryan Heffington, BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company, Shania Twain’s show at Cesar’s Palace Casino in Las Vegas, The Oscars, performed with Taylor Swift on the AMA’s, and The Kennedy Honors awards tribute to Rita Moreno. His most recent credits include Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers at the Wynn casino and dance captain for The Donny/Marie Osmond Show. He has had the privilege to work with some of the most influential names in concert dance and commercial world like Jamie King, Vincent Paterson, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman Tabitha and Napoleon, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, Bonnie Story, Tyce Diorio, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, Victor Quijada, Richard Siegel, and Sidra Bell. When Miguel is not dancing, he is also teaching for Cirque du Soleil’s shows, universities, dance companies, and studios all over the US. So many great artists have influenced Miguel’s career and his goal is to share his knowledge and inspire a new generation of dancers.
Hailey Rosvall started dancing at Valley Dance Theatre at 4 years old and quickly joined the VDTPC. She has won several awards including a Ballet Scholarship from Radix, a Die Hard Dance Award, 9th place with a solo at Nuvo and 7th place with a duet at Dance Makers. Hailey loves teaching dance and can’t wait to be part of the VDT Team this year!
Ammara Shafqat is a dance educator and dance artist from Harrisonburg, VA. She is a graduate of James Madison University, earning her BA in Dance in May 2021. During her time at James Madison University, Ammara was a member of JMU’s pre-professional dance company, the Virginia Repertory Dance Company, as well as the Co-Director of JMU’s Associate Dance Ensemble, a dance ensemble for first-year Dance Major students. In addition to her teaching work, Ammara has had the privilege of working with globally-recognized artists, including Abraham.In.Motion, Kiki Lucas, Rubén Graciani, and Matt Pardo and has attended The Movement Invention Project summer intensive. Ammara has served as the Youth Advancement Programs Manager, Youth Company Director and taught Modern classes last year at Cora Dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This is her second year as a dancer with the company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Ammara is excited to be back in Virginia as a new adjunct professor of Ballet at Mary Baldwin University, and she is excited to share and create with Valley Dance Theatre for her first time.
Savannah Gibbs, a dancer, instructor, and student at Mary Baldwin University, has an impressive background in the world of dance. With over 18 years of dancing experience, starting at the young age of three, Savannah’s passion for dance has taken her to various parts of the world, performing in different shows and productions. Her early training took place at John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, where she honed her skills and developed her love for dance. Currently, she is pursuing a Dance minor at Mary Baldwin, and is also a member of their Performing Dance Group on campus.
Savannah’s talent and hard work have also led her to perform with some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country, including the Orlando Ballet Company and the American Ballet Theatre. She has performed in shows such as “The Nutcracker”, “Dracula”, and “Sleeping Beauty”. But Savannah’s skills are not limited to ballet alone. She has also showcased her skills in musical theatre, having appeared on Broadway in shows such as “Annie” and “Newsies” in 2011. In addition to her impressive performing career, Savannah has worked closely with world-renowned choreographer Brian Friedman as a dancing assistant for him during The Pulse dance tour conventions, where she choreographed pieces in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip-Hop.
Savannah is thrilled to join the VDT team and contribute to the growth of aspiring dancers. She is deeply passionate about dance and is eager to use her skills and experience to inspire and guide future generations of dancers.