SUMMIT, NJ - Barbara Carocci has been named Executive Director for Summit-based New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE), effective January 2. According to the NJDTE, Carocci "will lead NJDTE into its 49th season of providing the highest caliber of training and performance opportunities for aspiring dancers, and build on the Ensemble’s commitment to creating innovative contemporary programming, choreographic residencies, and performance series."

Carocci's career includes developing and marketing fashion companies including Grupo La Perla, She served as the President of Paul Shark throughout Latin America and the Caribbean starting in 1982. Fluent in five languages, she earned a degree in economics in her native France.

“I am thrilled to serve as Executive Director of NJDTE, and believe strongly in the organization’s mission of nurturing the next generation of dance artists," said Carocci. "My goal is to enable NJDTE to become recognized as one of the top pre-professional dance programs in the country, and to continue their legacy of benefiting dancers today and for many years to come."

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Carocci has been working closely with the organization and preparing to take on the leadership position for several months. By implementing effective business strategies and cohesive branding, she plans to create a strong infrastructure to support Artistic Director Nancy Turano’s longstanding vision for the Ensemble, and turn it into action that will deliver real value to the New Jersey arts community and beyond.

“To have Barbara join NJDTE as Executive Director is a true turning point for our organization. Her expertise in finance, creating systems, and strategic planning ensures a strong future for NJDTE, and enables me to get back to the artistic side of the organization, which is my passion and expertise,” said Turano,, who added. "“Barbara is a true renaissance woman who sees potential and creates solutions with an ‘eagle-eye view. I know her leadership will lead to exciting new possibilities for NJDTE.”