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Jay Rankin appointed Executive Director of Ballet BC

By Cindy Brett

After nine seasons as managing director of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), Jay Rankin is resigning to join Ballet British Columbia as permanent executive director beginning November 1st, 2009. Ballet BC’s board commented in a press release that they are delighted to welcome Rankin who has served non-profit arts organizations for more than thirty years. A TDT-issued press release states that since Rankin joined the company in 2000, he has refreshed TDT’s touring presence across North America and Europe, implemented a multi-year professional development program, and increased the company’s working capital reserve while reducing its deficit. Before joining TDT, Rankin worked in Vancouver for Karen Jamieson Dance Company and Full Circle: First Nations Peformance, among other groups. He said in a press release that he looks forward to returning to the west coast. TDT is now seeking a new managing director.

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