Current Exhibits


Dance Theatre of Harlem

Opening April 8, 2014 through August 2014
Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem's 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four staged ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird.
Dance Theatre of Harlem is organized by Dance Theatre of Harlem, California African American Museum, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Art in the Foyer

Runs through April 2015
Art in the Foyer, the Museum's annually rotating fine art series, will feature photography from Richard Calmes. Images from his Dance Magic series have graced the covers and the interiors of numerous periodicals, and several feature stories have been written about his approach to his art. In addition, he has been featured in exhibitions from Great Britain to Atlanta. For more information, visit the artist's website.

Tradition in Movement

March, 2014 through April 2015
Guatemalan dances convey spectacular historical accounts and have been captivating audiences of all ages for centuries. Guatemalan traditional dances reflect ancient Mayan, Spanish and even African cultures and each weaves an elaborate story as dancers prance about in vibrant costumes and ceremonial masks. Join us for an exhibition that celebrates this rich history and tells the story of how Guatemala embodies the spirit of dance in all of its culture.
Tiaras & Tutus

Tiaras & Tutus

March through December 2014
Although ballet has been around since the 15th century, it's most associated icon, the tutu, has not. Born out of changing social ideas and a want to showcase more of the dancers footwork the tutu has evolved and changed over time. Tiaras and Tutus explores the history of the tutu and how it has become the most recognizable symbol of ballet. Also featured is a Bolshoi Ballet costume, stunning tiaras and headpieces and the costume designers of distinction who changed the way we see ballet today.

Judith Jamison

The 50th Inductee to the Hall of Fame, Judith Jamison is a world famous dancer and choreographer, most notably for her work with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.  On display are a number of memorabilia from her personal collection and the Ailey Archives, including her costumes from Cry and Revelations, two of her most exceptional performances. This interactive exhibit also features costumes designed by Jamison, original artwork, photographs and awards.
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

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 list of our 50 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 Wing

Alfred Z. Solomon Children's Wing

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.
Washington Bathhouse

Washington Bathhouse

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.