About Fields Dance Studio
The family-owned and operated Fields Dance Studio has been teaching dance,
acrobatics, and theatrics to children and adults in Hampton Roads, Virginia, since 1936.
The studio is known throughout the area for performing at community and
charitable events, VA hospitals, the MDA, the Cancer Society, nursing homes, the
Peninsula Food Bank, local parades and festivals, and the annual Fantapulous
production in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The studio has produced
77 annual recitals (!) and is the home of the prestigious Fields Performance Company.
Our faculty has trained with top national and international dance organizations,
and brings decades of teaching and professional dance experience
into the classroom. Members of the faculty have taught nationally and internationally,
judged dance and talent competitions, been selected for juried dance showcases,
and choregraphed for local pageants and television shows.
All of our teachers are committed to providing a quality dance education
in a positive environment. It is our philosophy that students should
enjoy their lessons.
Our students have appeared at/in State Fairs, the Lost Colony historical drama in Manteo, NC,
Stars of Tomorrow in Atlantic City, NJ, community theater, television commercials,
Miss Teenage America, USO Shows, and national television shows.
They have been awarded dance scholarships at colleges and universities,
and have founded their own dance studios.
It is our intent to provide a quality program which promotes the
awareness and education of Dance, Gymnastics, and Theatrics in a
fun and affordable fashion.
Meet The Faculty!
Ernie Fields: Owner, director, and instructor for 55 years.
Ernie teaches tap, ballet, ballroom, clowning, acrobatics, jazz, baton, and musical theater.
Ernie has performed in Little Theatre, instructed at national dance
conventions, assisted in television productions, choreographed and directed
high school musicals, worked with non-profit organizations, and
contributed and assisted with a variety of dance and entertainment
projects. Ernie is the founder of the Fields Dance Studio Satellite Program,
which brings dance, gymnastics, and theatrics to schools and day care
centers throughout Hampton Roads. He is a favorite with the children for his
creative work in all phases of the dance and theater.
Judi Fields: Owner, director, and instructor for 51 years.
Judi teaches ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and
musical theater. She is the manager of the Fields Eprformance Company, and
a member of Dance Makers and Dance Troupe Inc. She was the choreographer
for a local television show for 2 1/2 years, has choreographed for the Miss Hampton Roads USA pageant,
and managed the Fields Hawaiian Dancers for 4 years. Her biggest contribution to her success is her love
of children, and her ability to communicate the joy of dance. In addition to
teaching dance, Judi is also
an accomplished costumer. She enjoys the creativity of
designing and making costumes.
Lori Dangerfield: Instructor for 28 years. Lori's dance specialties are
tap, lyrical, and jazz, and she holds a National Solo title in tap.
She is the director of the Fields Baton Twirling Corps.
Throughout her career, Lori has won many first-place
trophies for baton in the duet, trio, and dance twirl team categories at the local, state, and
national levels. Her skill and creativity make
a class with her a great experience and education. Lori is co-director of the award-winning
Fields Performance Company
Instructor for 26 years. Cindi specializes
in French ballet, and also has training in Italian and Russian ballet.
She has studied modern, tap, dance history, ballet, drama, and stagecraft
at both Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University.
Cindi also teaches tumbling, lyrical, jazz, tap, baton, and
at the studio and with the Satellite Program. She is successful in
getting students excited about dance so they want to learn more. Cindi is co-director of the
award-winning Fields Performance Company.
Lucy Lee (Chelydra):
Instructor for 29 years. Lucy teaches folk dance of North Africa and the Middle East
from beginner through professional
levels, and is now offering beginning and intermediate yoga classes.
She has danced professionally since 1980, and was the director
of the Caravan East Middle Eastern Dance Troupe from 1981-1998.
She is the producer of the No-Frills series of instructional videos in
middle eastern dance.
In 2004 and 2006, one of her choreographies was selected for presentation in the
Local Choreographer's Showcase sponsored by Old Dominion University.
She is the studio "cover girl, having twice been the featured dancer on the
cover of Zaghareet! magazine.
Her extensive research and study of folk dances of the Middle East and
Northern Africa provide a truly authentic flavor to classes. Lucy considers
dance to be serious fun, and carries that philosophy into her classes.
Instructor for 9 years. Kishna was born and
raised in Newport News, and loves to dance! She has been dancing for over 24 years,
with performance experience in many festivals and exhibitions for the
Latin American Club of Hampton Roads. Her strong background in hispanic
dances, fused with jazz and tap, results in a dynamic and unique style
of Hip Hop. Kishna offers a strong class, focusing on builidng strength and breaking
down technique. From old school, to new street and club, she has a lot to offer.