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 FoyerOpen through April 2016
This season, Art in the Foyer at the National Museum of Dance presents photographs from the renowned private collection of two longtime, beloved Saratoga Springs residents – the celebrated photographer Cris Alexander and the legendary New York City Ballet character dancer Shaun O'Brien. Art in the Foyer is the Dance Museum's annual fine art series.
125 Years of TangoOpen through spring 2016
The only exhibition of its kind, 125 Years of Tango presents costumes, music, artifacts and historical details dedicated solely to Argentine Tango. Beginning with the primitive tango of the 1890s through the modern tango of today, this exhibit explores the rich history of the dance. The Museum is proud to have collaborated with world-renowned tango dancer and historian Antón Gazenbeek, whose private collection makes up much of the installation. Gazenbeek is celebrated in the tango community for having amassed the largest tango archive in the world. 125 Years of Tango features extremely rare film footage, some of which will be shown publicly for the first time.
Making Art DanceOpen through summer 2016
Making Art Dance celebrates the generous support of the artists who worked with choreographer Karole Armitage over the past 35 years. Originally exhibited at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, the exhibition presents Armitage's collaborations in three chronological periods: Punk, Picture, and Poetry. By showcasing the extraordinary sets and costumes created for Armitage's productions, Making Art Dance highlights a significant, unique art–dance partnership that has played a critical role in her work's endurance and success.
Mark MorrisNow Open
Mark Morris is among the most significant and prolific choreographers of his time, and founded the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. Revered for his exceptional musicality, innovation, and humor, he has created close to 150 pieces for MMDG, and his choreographed work is included in the repertories of numerous dance companies such as the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Featured in the exhibition are photos from nearly all of his dances, costumes, props and videos of select performances as well as a listening station and interactive touchscreen.
Rudolf NureyevNow Open
One of the foremost ballet dancers of his generation, and perhaps the greatest international ballet star in history, Rudolf Nureyev performed and lived grandly. His endless curiosity and acute awareness of time, inspired him to perform and create tirelessly during his illustrious 35 year career as a dancer, choreographer, and director. On display in this lavishly rich exhibition are costumes, sculptures and historical photographs.
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.