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 SPACOpening Thursday, June 9th
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.
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 NureyevClosing May 16
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.