In 1980 Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) was created so that the students of Vassar Dance Department, studying modern, jazz and ballet techniques had an opportunity to perform both existing and brand new repertory. Student choreographers were also given opportunities to create works on their colleagues. Ray Cook was the first director of the company and was followed by Stephen Rooks, Paul D. Mosley, Maureen Mansfield Kaddar and John Meehan, the present Artistic Director. In the spring of 1983, the Annual VRDT Gala Performances was first held at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York.