Dancers in FilmOngoing Exhibition
Dancers in Film celebrates the relationship between dancers and film, and features both well-known dance stars and our favorite actors who have had world famous dance roles on the silver screen. Join us for the drama, suspense and fancy footwork that has been showcased on film and preserved for all to enjoy. Highlighted in the exhibit are Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Ann-Margret (2010) and John Travolta (2014).
Art in the FoyerNow Open
This season Art in the Foyer at the National Museum of Dance presents photographs from renowned photographer Paul Kolnik. Kolnik has had an intimate connection with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center since the mid-1970s. He has photographed the New York City Ballet continuously at SPAC for almost 40 years and has had exhibitions in major museums including in Moscow and St. Petersburg. His images are of both artistic and historical significance. Art in the Foyer is the Dance Museum's annual fine art series.
The Dancing AthleteNow Open
Sparked by an abundant discourse both age-old and current, The Dancing Athlete is an innovative exhibition that will explore the inherent connections between dance and sports, and dancers and athletes, and the influence and confluence of these forms throughout history. Through costumes, photographs, video, objects, and archival materials, the Museum will examine these relationships within several themes such as cross training and physiological impact, shared movement vocabularies, and sports-inspired choreography, among others. A select group of athletes and dancers including Lynn Swann, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Edward Villella will be highlighted, as well as several choreographic works.
50 Years at SPACNow Open
In celebration of its 50th Anniversary season, the National Museum of Dance will present an exhibition highlighting the extraordinary programming at SPAC over the past five decades. SPAC has welcomed a vast range of world-renowned performing artists including resident companies New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as modern troupes such as the Mark Morris Dance Group and MOMIX. Annual festivals such as the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and the Freihofer Jazz Festival, Opera Saratoga, and the tremendous roster of popular music concerts that began in the late 1960s will also be showcased. Through costumes, photographs, video, ephemera, and interviews with eminent artists who have performed on this hallowed stage, we will explore the rich history and collective vision that built one of the finest and most celebrated dance and music venues.
Hall of Fame Inductee Patricia WildeOpening Sunday, August 14
Patricia Wilde performed with the American Concert Ballet, Ballet International, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and the English Metropolitan Ballet. As a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet from 1950 to 1965, George Balanchine created a number of roles for Wilde in ballets. Known for her speed and precision, her style became a hallmark of NYCB. She subsequently helped Balanchine establish the school at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland, and served as Director of the Harkness Ballet and Ballet Mistress at American Ballet Theatre. As Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Ballet from 1982 to 1998, she introduced a number of Balanchine masterworks to the company and commissioned over 30 new works.
Hall of Fame Inductee Gregory HinesOpening Sunday, August 14
Gregory Hines, award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer, was widely considered the embodiment of modern tap, known for his elegant style and remarkable virtuosity. He began tapping at age three, and by age five was dancing professionally with his older brother Maurice in an act called The Hines Kids. In 1954, he made his Broadway debut in The Girl in Pink Tights. He went on to perform in productions such as Eubie!, Comin’ Uptown, Sophisticated Ladies, and Jelly’s Last Jam, for which he won a Tony Award in 1992. His extensive film and television career included unforgettable roles in The Cotton Club, White Nights, Tap, and Bojangles. Hines was a vital mentor and teacher to a host of rising tap dancers and an advocate for the art of tap in America.
On exhibit In the Southeast Gallery, are illustrations and related reviews focused on Saratoga Favorites of the New York City Ballet by the late Mae Banner, one of the finest dance journalists and dance critic for The Saratogian and her son Shawn, a recognized illustrator, published author and primary school teacher. Both Mae and Shawn have been long time supporters of dance, dance education, NYCB, the Dance Museum and Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Hall of FameOngoing
The Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame honors dance professionals who have made a major impact in the world of dance. Now home to over forty inductees, the Hall of Fame is the only of its kind and is one of two permanent exhibits at the National Museum of Dance. View a complete list of our inductees.
Hall of Fame Inductees are selected by the museum's Nomination Committee. Learn more about the members of the committee.
Alfred Z. Solomon Children's WingOngoing
Twist! Jump! Play! Dance! The Alfred Z. Solomon Children's Wing is an interactive space just for kids! It includes a video library, reading corner, movement and balance toys, stage area and more. The Kids' Gallery showcases rotating exhibits of children's artwork and allows visitors to create their own masterpieces as well! Learn about Kuture for Kidz program.
The National Museum of Dance is housed in what was once the Washington Bathhouse, an Arts and Crafts Style building from 1918 and one of several historic bathhouses in Saratoga Springs, NY. Two adjoining bathing rooms have been fully restored and are on permanent display, honoring the heritage of this beautiful building.