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What We Do

In This Family, We Dance!


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


Founding Director

Mia Groff spent her childhood studying ballet with the Dance Theatre of West Chester and later the Bottsford School of Dance in Rochester, New York. 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 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 presently works in the front office of Brown's River Middle School. 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!!


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

VYD Presents Turn to Stone…A Journey to Narnia

On Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14, Vermont Youth Dancers present  Turn to Stone…A Journey to Narnia When the Pevensie children are sent out of London during World War II, they have no idea the fantastic journey they are beginning. What starts as a simple game, quickly turns into the adventure of a...

VYD Announces Summer Camps

Registration begins today Monday February 11th for our annual summer camps. These one week camps incorporate dance choreography, acting exercises and games to create a short performance at the end of the week that tells a story VYD-style. Camps for all ages cost $150 for the week. Below is the list of camp offerings....