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Ithaca, NY – Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick proclaimed Monday “Dancing with the Mayor” day in honor of the 23 dancers from Armstrong School of Dance (ASD) who will dance in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

He met with the dancers in front of city hall Monday afternoon, where they performed their routine for him and invited him to join them for a few high kicks.

The following is the text of City of Ithaca Proclamation:

“Whereas, 23 dancers from Ithaca and surrounding areas, all students at Armstrong School of Dance, have been invited to perform with the Spirit of American Dance Stars in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 24, 2016; and

“Whereas, the performance of these dancers brings honor to our City and delight to our people; and

“Whereas, we wish to recognize that this honor reflects years of devotion and hard work of dancers Alicia Biskup, Ashley Collins, Sydney Exantus, Surya Fitzgerald, Kristen Galvin, Hannah Gonzalez, Cassidy Gorsky, Graceann Gorsky, Madeleine Hamel, Emily Lampman, Laura Lin, Shannon Loehr, Erin Magnus, Mikayla McMahon, Julia Mecenas, Lauren Miller, Eva Milstein-Touesnard, Irena Rosenberg, Maddy Silva, Sarah Welton-Lair, Megan Williamson, Megan Willkens, and Zoe Zavaski; and

“Whereas, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds to the joy of the 3.5 million people who watch the parade on the streets of Manhattan and the 50 million people who watch on broadcast media;

“Now, therefore, I, SVANTE L. MYRICK, Mayor of the City of Ithaca, do hereby proclaim today to be “Dancing with the Mayor” Day in honor of the Armstrong dancers and affirm that “a little party never hurt nobody … and we’re going to dance until we drop!”

“In Witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and caused the great seal of the City of Ithaca to be affixed this 14th day of November in the year 2016.”

(Photo: The 23 dancers from the Armstrong School of Dance heading to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Top Row: Cassidy Gorsky, Lauren Miller, Shannon Loehr, Hannah Gonzalez, Megan Willkens, Graceann Gorsky, Sarah Welton-Lair Middle Row: Emily Lampman, Madeleine Hamel, Laura Lin, Ashley Collins, Zoe Zavaski, Sydney Exantus, Alicia Biskup, Megan Williamson Bottom Row: Eva Milstein-Touesnard, Surya Fitzgerald, Mikayla McMahon, Irena Rosenberg, Maddy Silva, Julia Mecenas Not pictured: Kristen Galvin, Erin Magnus. Photo credit Rachel Philipson)

Photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice