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Georgia State Ballet Company

The Atlanta Ballet   Adopted: March 14, 1973

House Resolution No. 299, approved on March 14, 1973, designated the Atlanta Ballet as the state ballet company.

H.R. 299


Designating the Atlanta Ballet as the State Ballet Company; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, the Atlanta Ballet, founded in 1929, is the oldest continually performing dance company in the United States; and

WHEREAS, in 1956, under the guidance of Dorothy Alexander, who is the founder of the Atlanta Ballet, the first Regional Festival was held in Atlanta; and

WHEREAS, the Atlanta Ballet has been named a Major Company by the National Association for Regional Ballet, in recognition of artistic achievement, contribution to dance, and to the performing arts of the State and nation; and

WHEREAS, the Atlanta Ballet is the only regularly "touring" dance company in the State, and has performed in practically every city and town in Georgia; and

WHEREAS, the Atlanta Ballet has toured the nation from Maine to Texas, and from Florida to Alaska; and

WHEREAS, without any financial assistance from a government agency, the Atlanta Ballet has continuously presented educational programs on dance in schools and for a wide range of civic groups throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 1973, the Atlanta Ballet will receive a national tribute at a benefit performance, and the greatest names in the dance world will come to Atlanta to honor the dance company; and

WHEREAS, Georgians in all walks of life can take pride in the accomplishments and contributions made by the Atlanta Ballet.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the members of this Body do hereby commend the members of the Atlanta Ballet on their outstanding achievements and do hereby designate the Atlanta Ballet as the State Ballet Company.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is hereby authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this Resolution to Mr. Robert Barnett, Director of the Atlanta Ballet.

Approval Date: Approved March 14, 1973.


"State Ballet Designated." Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State. Web. 10 Apr 2013.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

History: From the official website of the Atlanta Ballet.

The Atlanta Ballet: Official website of the Atlanta Ballet.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Georgia state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

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