National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

New York City Ballet

The annual residency of New York City Ballet (NYCB) at Saratoga Performing Arts Center has played a fundamental role in the continued cultivation of dance audiences and the development of dance education in Saratoga Springs. Over the past thirty years, the Museum has mounted seven exhibitions solely devoted to NYCB or George Balanchine himself. Small displays on Balanchine ballets have also been created, including tributes to Coppélia (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2010), and Jewels (2011). Amassed, in part, from these myriad installations, an expansive array of artifacts from NYCB represents one of the most substantial collections at the Museum. Included is a considerable permanent loan of costumes by esteemed designers such as Barbara Karinska, Barbara Matera, Irene Sharaff, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian; well over one thousand photographs documenting NYCB from its earliest performances and its precursors such as American Ballet and Ballet Caravan; and dozens of posters and a wide range of season programs reflecting the rich history of the company.