Gene KellyOpen through July 2015
Tour our exhibit which pays tribute to our 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, Gene Kelly. Besides being remembered as an incredible dancer, actor, and singer on screen, Kelly also wanted to be known for his innovative work behind the camera as a choreographer, director and producer.
Jacques d'AmboiseOpen through July 2015
This exhibition pays tribute to our 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, Jaques d'Amboise. d'Amboise's determined spirit saw him through years of ballet training and urged him through countless hours of rehearsals with choreographic luminaries such as George Balanchine. His positive outlook has led him to become one of the premiere dance educators in the country.
Dancers in FilmOngoing Exhibit
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 DanceOpening summer 2015
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.
Tradition in MovementOpen 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 & TutusOpen through spring 2015
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.
Saratoga FavoritesOpen through spring 2015
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.