Susana di Palma founded Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in 1982. One of the few American Spanish dance companies that present both traditional flamenco programs as well as original theater flamenco works; the company is comprised of an ensemble of international artists, dancers and musicians who are renowned for bringing the power, passion and virtuosity of the art of flamenco to American audiences.
For 34 years, Zorongo has brought groundbreaking flamenco theater and the fiery dance and music of southern Spain to enthusiastic audiences locally and nationally. Zorongo produces annual concerts and conducts tours, actively seeking ways to make meaningful connections with the larger community. Outreach includes residencies, lecture/demonstrations, and performances for schools and community centers, and at area events and festivals. Before and after concert talks, as well as intimate Sunday studio sessions with emerging musicians, dancers, and cultural experts serve to elucidate the art for those craving a deeper understanding of it. The Zorongo School offers flamenco dance instruction for learners of all ages and experience levels. Zorongo annually serves 7,000 – 10,000 Minnesota youth and adults.
In 2013, Zorongo established the Majas Apprentice program, a 3-year comprehensive training for dancers who want to develop their skills, technique, and knowledge of Flamenco. The program allows each dancer to infuse their own creativity into the dance form and performances. After this training, the Maja Apprentices will be eligible to join Zorongo’s company.
Due to organizational growth in recent years, Zorongo is currently finalizing and establishing a new organizational structure. Therefore our current goals include:
- Creating a new website, new marketing materials, and a new overall “look” of the organization
- Hiring more staff, particularly an Executive Director
- Finding a new and/or permanent location with more space
- Expanding our school and student database
- Increasing our performance audiences
- Increasing fundraising efforts and gathering new funders
Annual budget: Fiscal Year 2015 budget was $162,276
Some connection to dance or the performing arts plus skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Legal skills (highly sought)
- Human resources
- Management, or
- Sales/marketing background
Number of members currently: Ten
How many needed: Two
Meeting time and frequency: Every 4th Thursday of the month from 6pm – 8pm.
Meeting location: East Lake Library in Minneapolis, MN
The main responsibility a Zorongo board member is to advance Zorongo’s mission and actively promote the culture, artists, and vibrancy of the flamenco arts. A Zorongo Board Member Needs To:
- Contribute new and innovative ideas
- Have a passion for Zorongo and/or the arts
- Show up to board meetings once a month
- Be willing to help actively engage the community
- Help with fundraising and collecting new donors
- Assist with performances and other events when needed
- Be an advocate and help advance Zorongo’s mission
Time Expectation: Attendance at monthly board meetings plus (when available) attendance at Zorongo’s performances and events.
Financial Contribution Required: Zorongo Board members are encouraged to give monetarily according to each individual’s financial means. Typically, board giving takes place once a year at Zorongo’s year end giving fundraiser. In the past, financial contributions have ranged from $100 – $1,000.
Service on Committee Required: Yes, all board members are on committees. Board members choose what committee they are on and choose the time commitment they are able to give to that committee.
Length of Term: Three years