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.
“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.
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 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!