Week of March 1-5, 2021
Women's History Week
ABTKids Daily is proud to celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month! The origins of this national celebration began in 1981 when the United States Congress passed a bill authorizing and requesting President Ronald Reagan to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, the US Congress officially recognized the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
This March, we celebrate and recognize all of the achievements that women have made to American Ballet Theatre and the art form of classical and contemporary dance.
The story of American Ballet Theatre could never be told without honoring the hundreds of talented women who have laced up their pointe shoes to bring their incredible grace and artistry to stages across the globe for over 80 years. It can also not be told without the choreographers, designers, musicians, stage managers, staff, and crew who have been instrumental in bringing more that 400 ballets to the stage.
ABT’s story also includes amazing women such as Florence Pettan, Rhoda Oster, Myra Armstrong, and Cathy Brown, who spent more than half their lives working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring their joy, love, and professionalism to American Ballet Theatre.
Women’s History Month at ABT would not be complete without celebrating Office Manager Roseanne Forni, who for more than 40 years has been the heart and soul of the organization. Roseanne is the first person to greet our dancers, staff, and guests every morning at American Ballet Theatre’s studios. Her warmth, love, and care remind everyone that they are not just coming to work, but they are arriving to spend a day with family… and that is just as important as celebrating 32 fouettés!