VYD Presented A Better Place: A Twist on Oliver!

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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

Community Dance Troupe

Vermont Youth Dancers is a community dance troupe of area elementary, middle and high school age students. It was founded by Jericho resident Mia Groff to provide young dancers in the area with opportunities to perform, and is co-directed with Theresa Robinson. Mia started the group with just 5 young dancers in 2006 and has grown to include 45 dancers from Jericho, Underhill, Richmond, Fletcher, and Essex, ages 6 to 18. VYD is completely a volunteer-led organization, devoted to supporting area students in dance and performing arts.

Putting on the Show

“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

“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 has operated her own preschool in Underhill for 25 years. She grew up in a theatre family, always loved dancing and performed in varied theatre productions throughout childhood and high school. She organized a dance program while attending Lyndon State College. After college, Theresa took classes locally and performed with Main Street Dance Theatre. She began dancing with Mia in their lyrical jazz class at the Bird's Nest.. Theresa has absolutely loved being a part of Vermont Youth Dancers. She is in awe of Mia and her ability to create this magic and this experience for kids in the community. She is so thankful for the opportunity to work with these amazing families, and particularly loved watching her daughter, Saege, grow up in this group. Theresa would also like to thank her husband Bob for his help and support during her involvement with Vermont Youth Dancers!

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

2017 VYD Summer Dance Camps Announced

Vermont Youth Dancers are excited to extend dance experiences in the local community through a variety of theatre related dance camps this summer for ages six through teens. As with our shows, our story camps work to build a performance around storytelling to current popular music. Camp programs incorporate dance technique, acting & theatre...

Tickets are On Sale now for VYD’s Spring Performance!

Vermont Youth Dancers are pleased to announce that tickets are available for purchase for $8 online for this year’s performance A Better Place, A Twist on Oliver. The shows will be on Friday April 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday April 22 at 1:30 pm. If there are unsold tickets, they will be available...

Stay Tuned for Ticket Sales to VYD’s Spring Performance!

Vermont Youth Dancers have been learning choreography and brushing up on their acting, all in preparation for this year’s performance A Better Place, A Twist on Oliver. The shows will be on Friday April 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday April 22 at 1:30 pm. Tickets go on sale March 12 and will be...