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Civic Ballet founder passes away

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 20:54:33-05

The founder of the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo has passed away.

Lorilee Moser Silvaggio “left her body on November 27th, 2020,” according to a post on

She founded the Civic Ballet from her garage in the 1970s and retired last year.

“She had, and will always have, an energy that is unmatched. Larger than life, and utterly unbound. Encouragement was always her goal, to leave you feeling better than you were a moment ago. Man oh man, was she a pro at that,” according to the online post.

Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Civic Ballet.

A memorial is being planned for sometime next year.

Related: Founder of Civic Ballet SLO honored in 4th annual Swanson Fund Brunch