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Canada's National Ballet School has appointed a senior manager at the Ontario Science Centre as its new co-chief executive officer.

Grant Troop, who was the science centre's chief operating officer and has a background in geology, will head the administration of the school, while co-CEO and long-time artistic director Mavis Staines will handle the artistic side.

Although he comes from far outside the dance world, Troop's work at the science centre put him squarely in the city's cultural sector and education community, the school said Thursday.

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The appointment also continues a pattern at the National Ballet School of joint CEOs. Before Troop, Jeff Melanson shared the running of the school with Staines and had come from outside dance, having previously been dean of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Melanson will begin his new job as president of The Banff Centre next month; Troop is scheduled to start his new position at the ballet school on Jan. 23.

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