Laura DiRado has been appointed the director of the National Museum of Dance and the School of the Arts. DiRado has served as the interim director since September 2017, but she initially joined the National Museum of Dance in 2013 as the design and development coordinator, in which she manages the museum's archive and collection.
As a graphic designer, she designed the museum's latest book, "National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame: Celebrating 30 Years," and she will continue to design all exhibitions by the museum in the director position.
DiRado plans to expand the School of Arts curriculum. She recently added Dance Through Parkinson's, yoga classes and master classes with Savion Glover. She also plans to expand the museum's exhibition-related programming and community outreach.
Besides her involvement with the museum, DiRado serves on the Board of Directors of the Upstate New York/Vermont chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). She is also the founder of Team Dance Museum, which is part of the LLS Team in Training sports endurance program and she is the co-creator of A Purple Tie Affair, a fundraiser hosted by the Team Dance Museum that benefits local charities that help families battling cancer.