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.
Haley Hudson grew up in the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by music. She comes from a musical family where she started learning to play piano with her mom and guitar with her dad. Singing has always been her biggest passion, so she went on to receive her Bachelors in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Shenandoah University. She also received a Performance Certificate with the help and training of her voice teacher, Dr. Kathryn Green. Haley is currently in her fourth year of teaching music at Clymore Elementary School, and she is looking forward to joining the VDT team!
Rebekah Bono is a dance instructor, performer, and administrator. She grew up training at Valley Dance Theatre and went on to graduate from James Madison University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in dance. During that time, she performed in and/or showed choreographic works in over 18 dance concerts, co-directed the Associate Dance Ensemble, and choreographed for the main stage musical “Guys and Dolls” while still teaching at VDT. She has been teaching dance of all styles to students of all ages and skill levels for the past 10 years in various studios, workshops, and intensive settings. Since graduating, Rebekah has been teaching and performing in and around New York City.
Since 2017, has worn many hats at Cora Dance in Red Hook Brooklyn, a non-profit dance studio that serves the community with pay-what-you-can program: managing the programs, directing a youth company, teaching on and off-site in Brooklyn as the lead teacher and performing with both the Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance apprentice and professional company. Rebekah was also a dancer for Soul Steps, directed by Maxine Lyle, a professional step group that performs and teaches step and step histories in schools, colleges, and showcases around the country. She also served as Dance Captain for the workshop production of Step Show: The Musical; a work-in-progress written by Maxine Lyle. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebekah has stayed connected with her students through pre-recorded and live online classes. She is looking forward to working again with the community at Valley Dance Theatre!