This overture was written by American composer and conductor David R. Holsinger for his daughter, Haven. Its driving rhythms are a reflection of the energy of an 8-year-old, who loved to dance and twirl around the house and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. He composed two other pieces honoring his two sons. Holsinger, who writes primarily for concert band, is on the faculty of Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and has served as Visiting Distinguished Composer in Residence at 11 American colleges and universities in recent years. --James Huff 14:16, May 29, 2007 (EDT) (from the the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

For her earliest holiday costume, my daughter Haven, wanted to be dressed as a ballerina. It was a passion that has not stopped to this day. HAVENDANCE was the first of the "Children's Dances". I was teaching at the time of its composition in Chillicothe, Missouri and the former band director Claude T. Smith (Yes THAT Claude T. Smith) and I were asked to write pieces for an anniversary concert of a North Central Missouri honor band. Haven was eight and constantly leaping and dancing about the house and she seemed the perfect subject for a "dance" piece. Thus HAVENDANCE. Twenty years and many printings later, HAVENDANCE still represents her passion; however, I must say, that if haven really had to dance to this piece today, her toe shoes would probably smoke! DRH --User:BlazingTuba1 14:16, April 3, 2008 (PDT) (from the the program notes of Havendance Full Musical Score)