Miami City Ballet Day: Mattie Herrera Bower, Mayor Of The City Of Miami Beach, Has Proclaimed Friday, October 15, 2010 Miami City Ballet Day On Miami Beach

Mattie Herrera Bower, Mayor of the City of Miami Beach, has proclaimed Friday, October 15, 2010 MIAMI CITY BALLET DAY on Miami Beach in recognition and celebration of the opening of MIAMI CITY BALLET’s 25th Anniversary Season on Friday, October 15th at the Adrienne Arsht Center.MIAMI BEACH PROCLAMATIONWHEREAS, Miami City Ballet is about to begin its 25th Anniversary Season, and the company was born, nurtured and has always made its home in the City of Miami Beach – first as a pioneer in the renaissance of Lincoln Road and then as a pioneer in the revitalization of the Collins Park neighborhood in its state-of-the-art facility, the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Miami City Ballet building located on Liberty Avenue, all the while with the critical financial support of the City of Miami Beach and the belief of its Mayors and Commissioners in the vision and leadership of Founding Artistic Director/CEO Edward Villella; and WHEREAS, Miami City Ballet performed for the first time on October 17, 1986 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with a plucky troupe of 19 dancers and now comprises 50 brilliant dancers who have performed to universal critical acclaim in major venues and festivals across America and abroad; and WHEREAS, Miami City Ballet is a cultural jewel that has helped to create the City of Miami Beach’s image as a major center of artistic innovation and an important cultural destination; and WHEREAS, Miami City Ballet, brilliantly and lovingly guided by Edward Villella, is now recognized as one of this country’s leading classical ballet companies with an international reputation for artistic excellence and has established the Miami City Ballet School, which is regarded as one of the best pre-professional training academies anywhere, with an international roster of over 300 students: and WHEREAS, Miami City Ballet is about to celebrate its Silver AnniversaryNOW THEREFORE, DO I, Matti Herrera Bower, as Mayor of City of Miami Beach, hereby proclaim October 15, 2010 as MIAMI CITY BALLET DAYIn the City of Miami Beach MAYORMatti Herrera BowerOctober 15, 2010