Rockford native new Rockford Dance Company executive

Carm Cavallaro Rongere
Carm Cavallaro Rongere

Staff Report

The Rockford Dance Company (RDC) Board of Directors has welcomed Carm Cavallaro Rongere to the leadership role as the new executive director.

RDC believes Rongere’s experience in management leadership, the performing arts, and nonprofit organizations will support the advancement of the mission of the dance company, the school and the outreach efforts in the greater Rockford community.

A Rockford native, Rongere completed her undergraduate studies at Capella University, Minneapolis, with a focus on organizational management and business ethics. Her background includes project management with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, production manager for the Legal Follies, and event management for other nonprofit organizations. She has extensive experience as a costume designer and theatrical seamstress. Her costume designs have been seen on stage with the Artists’ Ensemble Theater, Rock Valley College and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

Board President Laura Mruk said that Rongere’s qualifications are a perfect match for the dance company as they move into the 40th Year Ruby Jubilee Season.

Carm brings both backstage experience and a business perspective to the dance company,” Mruk said. “She is well-known in the Rockford theater community, and we are excited to have her on board.”

From the Dec. 25-31, 2013, issue

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