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Ballet Kelowna loses administrative director

Alison Moore is moving on from Ballet Kelowna. - Doug Farrow
Alison Moore is moving on from Ballet Kelowna.
— image credit: Doug Farrow

Ballet Kelowna is losing its administrative director to an international-level baseball collection.

In interview Tuesday, Alison Moore said she has accepted a position working with Mark Rucker's Transcendental Graphics, a virtual collection of 19th Century baseball images. The opportunity to work on the collection was simply too good to pass up.

"I am going to assist as a curator to help Mark Rucker share these images with the world," she said, noting Rucker is considered one of the foremost scholars in 19th century American baseball.

Formerly based in New York, Rucker has moved to Peachland, bringing with him a collection of over half a million images compiled over 30 years.

A Peachland-based organic farmer in her time away from Ballet Kelowna, Moore says this opportunity will allow her to live and work in the Okanagan enclave while doing work of global significance.

Moore helped steer the small ballet company clear of financial hardship during an era of drastic government funding cuts, largely by building strong relationships with well-heeled donors willing to invest in the arts. Next month the company will host the National Ballet of Cuba, a stunning opportunity for the company's young dancers and Okanagan audiences alike.

Noting she "absolutely adores" Ballet Kelowna, she said she has told the board of directors for the company that she will make herself available for training and consultation.

A national search is under way for a new administrative director.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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