May 25, 2006
United States Congress Honors American Ballet Theatre
Recognized for 65 Years of Service as "America's National Ballet Company"
In anticipation of the opening of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House season, the United States Congress honored ABT by recognizing its service as “America’s National Ballet Company.” In identical congressional resolutions, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives expressed appreciation for the “cultural and educational contributions of American Ballet Theatre.”
Sponsored by Senators Charles A. Schumer and Elizabeth Dole, and Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Thomas Reynolds, Louise Slaughter and Christopher Shays, the resolution passed without objection in both houses, receiving the support of elected leaders from all 50 states in recognition of ABT’s continued artistry and national community outreach.
Founded in 1940, American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people. It has made more than 30 international tours to 43 countries and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
Commenting on the resolution, ABT Executive Director Rachel Moore said, “We are greatly honored by this special recognition from Congress. With the support of our nation’s leaders, this resolution will further strengthen ABT’s ability to bring dance to audiences across the nation.”