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Cape Town City Ballet appoints new chief executive

BY 09.09.18

THE Cape Town City Ballet it is delighted to announce the appointment of Debbie Turner as its new CEO from 1 October, 2018.

The Board of the Cape Town City Ballet announced that, after an extensive search for a new Chief Executive Officer since the beginning of June, which extended worldwide as well as country-wide, and after interviewing some outstanding candidates, the decision has been made to appoint Debbie Turner to this position.

Debbie Turner is well known to the dance community in South Africa as the Executive and Artistic Director of the Cape Dance Company, founding Director and owner of the associated vocational dance school, the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, and more recently for her appearance on the prestigious judging panel of M-Net's inaugural Dancing with The Stars, South Africa, earlier this year.

Her ability to see the big picture is focused through her keen powers of observation and her ability to learn from others. Debbie is committed to revitalizing and aligning South African dance with the 21st Century global trends of performance through sustainable, multi-pronged approaches to performance excellence, diverse repertory relevant to current times, education and the professional development of dancers and management, whilst preserving the traditions of academic dance.

"I am a big picture person" says Debbie. There is an immediate and obvious synergy between the Cape Town City Ballet and the Cape Dance Company - two strong, established and independent art spaces - that will evoke a natural cross flow of energy, expertise and resources in the pursuit of excellence in the art form and the dawn of a new chapter for South African dance.

Debbie takes up her post on 1 October, 2018, and we wish her much success in her new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town City Ballet.

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