Kim Sandberg Haverfield comes from a family
of gifted teachers and artists. She began
her dance training in Missoula, Montana
at the age of 6. Missoula -- a noted “Arts
Community” -- is a perfect place
for an aspiring artist to grow up. Here
Kim took instruction from a variety of
gifted dance and theater instructors.
Among her early teachers were Marie Kessler,
Marie and Clarence Walters, Irene Thomas,
Vicki Meisinger, and Susan Timothy. At
the age of 15 she was able to dance with
Fi Fi Hutt and John Raymond. Fi Fi is
a renowned dance instructor of classical
ballet, and was able to place her students
in companies all over the world. In her
late teens Kim spent three years with
John Raymond choreographer for the Los
Vegas Follies. Perhaps her greatest inspiration
was under the tutelage of the late Tony
Award winner Micheal Smuin (San Francisco
Ballet, Smuin and Company) whom she partnered
with during her college years. Kim received
bachelor degrees in history and computer
science from the University of Montana.
Kim has taught dance through the University
of Montana Center Courses, Theater Arts
for Riverton (Wyoming), Wyoming Library
Arts Outreach, Riverton High School, Lewiston
High School, Festival Dance Academy plus
numerous workshops and high schools throughout
the northwest. She has coached dance teams
for 15 years and has choreographed over
56 musicals! She was recently nominated
for the prestigious 5th Street Music Awards
(A Nationally Ranked Awards Ceremony for
High School Musicals) for her choreography
in Clarkston High School’s performance
of AIDA! Kim has been teaching dance for
over 35 years. She has an extensive background
in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Her latest love
is Irish dance. She has developed a large
following of very impressive Celtic dancers.
She continues her dance training and is
still pursuing her goal of certification
in the Irish dance field!
Please feel free to contact Kim Haverfield,
Owner & Head Instructor via Email:
Letter from Susan Timothy:
Kim is a multi-talented young woman.
As one of her former dance instructors
I watched her attack dance with a zeal
that is truly a gift.
Miss Sandberg started dancing with Marie
Kessler at the age of six, then moved
to the Marie Clair Dance Studio when she
was seven. Kim was already showing her
love for dance when I joined the staff
there. She tutored under six teachers,
each accomplished and accredited, and
each specializing in different areas.
It was a shared feeling among the instructors
that Kim had a special ability for choreography.
She was able to exercise her creativity
when she began teaching. It was not long
before she was introduced to the ins and
outs of producing a successful show. It
was through our Missoula area programs
and productions at the University of Montana
that she was able to gain valuable experience
in the many aspects of the theater.
Kim loves the vintage as well as the Vogue.
Two of her first teachers were Marie and
Clarence Walters, a true Hollywood couple
rich in Vaudeville and film experience.
Irene Thomas taught Classic Tap and had
years of performing arts experience. John
Raymond specialized in Jazz and Ballroom
and was a Luigi expert. His years as a
Los Vegas Follies choreographer who also
danced with Fossie, broadened Kim's knowledge
of choreography. At 15 she included the
talented Fi Fi Hutt in her ballet training.
In college she was able to advance and
improve and theater skills and danced
and studied with Michael Smuin of the
San Francisco Ballet. My personal background
is in Ballet, Jazz and Character. My primary
training was in Salt Lake City, Utah where
I eventually had my own studio prior to
moving to Montana. I studied and work-shopped
with many wonderful instructors, including
Christensen of the San Francisco Ballet.
The uniqueness of Kim is that she has
had the opportunity to study in so many
styles of dance with an array of talented
teachers, thus allowing her to develop
a powerfully well-rounded ability.
Kim’s love for the art of dance,
whatever the form, and her effervescent
personality will inspire anyone, who has
the opportunity to work with her.