Meet Rory Gillis

March 4, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

The Carolina Theatre’s annual Dancing With The Carolina Stars fundraiser takes place on May 21! Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local stars and even get to mingle with them after the event. We sat down with local celebrity, Rory Gillis of Triangle Digital Partners to learn more about her dance background and why she’s volunteered for our fundraiser. 


Why did you decide to get involved with the Carolina Theatre’s fundraiser, Dancing With The Carolina Stars?

The Carolina Theatre is an essential piece of Durham’s arts scene and I sat on the board for the last three years and chaired the Development Committee. I said yes to dancing because one of my favorite people in Durham, Ashley Pieraccini, current Development Chair for the theater’s board, asked me to do it.
It is impossible to say no to Ashley. 

Why is it important to support the arts in Durham?  

The arts are really a differentiator for our community versus so many others. Our artists breathe life into every facet of this city making it richer in culture, thought, and perspective. 

How do you feel about performing on stage? What are you most excited about with this event?  

I’m thrilled to work with Nicole Oxendine and feel like my nervousness is outweighed by my excitement to work with her. My very little dance experience started with tap, jazz, and ballet as a child. My crowning moment was a routine to “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin where I wore a green and black bikini. I knocked over the cardboard tub. What I lack in talent, I’ll bring in enthusiasm and fun!  


This kind of enthusiasm for the arts is contagious and irresistible and we cannot wait to open the doors to our annual fundraiser, Dancing With The Carolina Stars, on May 21, 2024. The Carolina Theatre is thrilled to present a vibrant cast of Bull City stars, artists, and dancers to share the magic of the theater and bring the Durham community together around the arts.  

Make sure to buy your tickets now to see an amazing performance by Rory Gillis and witness the enthusiasm and magic for yourself!