Lila Zali 1917-2003
From NARB to RDA
With the closing of the national office of the National Association of Regional Ballet in 1983, regional dance found itself in a state of flux. The five regional entities remained in tact and continued to operate as independent organizations, but without a national identity. During this period, five people worked tirelessly to reorganize the regional dance movement and see it through a vital transition. The vision of these five people, Barbara Crockett, Cassandra Crowley, Glenda Brown, Peggy Girouard and Lila Zali, led to the reorganization of the national association while maintaining contact with the five individual associations. In 1987, Regional Dance America was formed and the second chapter in the regional dance movement began. We are forever grateful to these five women and the leaders of the five individual associations for realizing the importance of the regional dance movement and for seeing the organization through an important transition.