View the trailer from our most recent show! Read about VYD in Seven Days

What We Do

In This Family, We Dance!

Performances

Every year, Vermont Youth Dancers perform one or two full-length shows in our local community. It provides a top-notch performance experience for local youth, ages 8 to 18, who commit to a rigorous rehearsal schedule and learn choreography and drama to animate their characters on stage.

Summer Camps

Vermont Youth Dancer summer camps provide opportunity for local youth to experience what it takes to participate and dance in a mini-show.

VYD Community

Vermont Youth Dancers provides a community for our dancers and their families. Older dancers mentor younger dancers, and are encouraged to contribute choreography to the show. Families contribute many behind-the-scenes aspects of the productions. Throughout this process, a dance family is formed.

About Us

Vermont Youth Dancers is now a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization!

Our Mission

To provide performance and leadership opportunities for area youth and to encourage community involvement in the arts.

Our Vision

We envision a community of children and families that explores the arts in ways that are transformative and inclusive. We envision a community that is welcoming, develops leadership skills, encourages risk taking and promotes creativity while we work together to create high quality dance theatre productions.

Along the Way

"We are thrilled to welcome back several of our veteran dancers this year, and are so excited to watch them mentor younger dancers and now help with our choreography. We are also so happy to welcome new young dancers to who are about to experience the magic of their first big show. That is truly our mission, to help young people experience the joy of being part of a large scale dance production,” says Mia.“Along the way, we hope to cement in them an appreciation of dance and the performing arts, and to help them build friendships, confidence, discipline, and memories that will last a lifetime."

Our Team

The People Behind the Vision

MIA GROFF

Founding Director

Mia Groff is a speech pathologist by profession who specialized in adult neurorehabilitation during her "working" days. She is now a homeschooling mom. Mia spent her childhood studying ballet with the Dance Theatre of West Chester and later the Bottsford School of Dance in Rochester, New York. Her adventures with jazz began only a few years ago right here in Jericho at the Bird's Nest with Jean Marie. She founded Vermont Youth Dancers, with 5 local children, in 2006, with the mission of providing local dancers with opportunities to perform. VYD remains a program run completely by volunteers. Mia is grateful to her wonderful husband whose constant support has allowed her to work on this show, and is indebted to her incredible co-directors, and all her loyal cast members and families who have believed in and supported the vision of Vermont Youth Dancers: "I love you all!"

THERESA ROBINSON

Co-Director

Theresa Robinson grew up in southern CT in a theatre family, acting, dancing, directing children’s theatre, assisting with costumes, and loved immersing herself in all aspects of community theatre. After taking different dance classes growing up, she studied dance at Lyndon State College, and ran their dance club program while majoring in Elementary Education. Theresa is certified to teach grades k through 6, ran her own preschool for 25 years, and presently works as an administrative assistant at Camel’s Hump Middle School. After dancing at the Bird’s Nest for 15 years, and teaching there one year, Theresa now teaches Jazz & Theatre Dance classes for Synergy Center for Dance and Performing Arts. She loves working with Mia and is awe of this wonderful community of families who helps bring this wonder to the stage!!

Testimonials

VYD has forever changed my life. More than just shaping me as a dancer and actor. VYD has shaped me as a person and young adult. Teaching me leadership skills, respect, honesty, courage and that working hard pays off. I’ve also learned to live in the moment. There's nothing like the feeling of being on stage and performing with a group of people that you love. VYD is a family and in this family we dance. We are all brought together by something we love to do and we all share this love in an amazing way."

Sierra Aguiar

VYD Graduate
This weekend was an amazing performance done by local youth and families in our community. My daughter has been in dance for several years, and every year we watch these amazing productions put on by such talented friends, peers and professionals. I was moved to tears, to see her classmates, and childhood mentors and friends perform such an amazing show. Thank you. To everyone who participated, drove their daughters and sons to rehearsals, to the backstage crew, to the choreographers, teachers, and most of all, to the community, for believing in our children, making them strong, allowinig them to appreciate art, and talent in several ways. It was phenomenal. My daughters and I are eagerly awaiting the next show, and they are psyched to attend the summer camps. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for this community!"

Lupe Sears

Audience Member

Latest News

Read about Vermont Youth Dancers in Seven Days

Click on the link to read about Vermont Youth Dancers in Seven Days! vermont-youth-dancers-have-a-passion-for-performing “…the company’s most recent show, Castle on the Hill: A Tale of King Arthur, was a carefully crafted dance theater performance with narrative drive, passionate acting and cohesive production. It was an artful reminder never to underestimate young people.”

Vermont Youth Dancers to perform “King Arthur” in Stowe

Announcing encores of Vermont Youth Dancers’ latest show! Did you miss the sold-out shows in April? Did you see it and want to see it again? Vermont Youth Dancers will bring “Castle on the Hill, A Tale of King Arthur” to the big beautiful stage at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Start summer vacation...

VYD Announces June Performances of Castle on the Hill

Vermont Youth Dancers are excited to announce additional performances of Castle on the Hill, A Tale of King Arthur! These additional shows will be performed at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT. Join us at this wonderful venue on Friday June 22 at 7:00 PM and Saturday June 23 at 2:00 pm....