As a valuable asset in fulfilling the mission, in 1996 Vail Friends of Dance created The Vail Youth Ballet Company for those students at Vail Valley Academy of Dance desiring more training and performance opportunities.  Company dancers are selected through an audition process, representing advanced students who make the choice to pursue their dance study at a higher level. The VYBC offers exciting opportunities  for additional training and performance experiences to supplement their regular VVAD  classes and recital.  Some company dancers take their training to the next professional level upon graduating!

The Vail Youth Ballet Company and the performances are under the Artistic Direction of Ms. Ashley Calligan.  Ms. Ashley casts and choreographs the Vail Youth Ballet Company dancers as the lead roles in exciting performances including the annual holiday favorite “The Nutcracker”, as well as the Company’s Spring Showcase and spring “Cinderella” show.