A Riotous WorkOpens March 19, 2013
The Centennial Celebration of the Rite of Spring: On May 29, 1913 the powerful pairing of Stravinsky's musical score and Nijinsky's choreography premiered to an audience so unprepared for the ballet they were about to see that the evening ended in riot. Igniting momentous changes in both music and dance, the Rite of Spring is a repertory that has continued to stir audiences for a century. This exhibit examines the original piece as well as the numerous and diverse choreographers and companies that have since re-envisioned the work. Companies & choreographers featured in this exhibit include: Maurice Bejart, Molissa Fenley, Andonis Foniadakis, Martha Graham Dance Company, Heddy Maalem, Paul Taylor Dance Company, & The Royal Danish Ballet.
Homage to DanceOpens March 19, 2013
Massachusetts based artist Andrew DeVries will exhibit a collection of bronze sculptures and pastel drawings. DeVries' sculptures display an acute awareness of dance technique, human anatomy, and expression, as well as a masterful understanding of the bronze art form itself. His original, one-of-a-kind pastels are drawn from live models and use a vibrant color palette. In a stunning contrast between the strength of bronze and the effervescence of pastel, this exhibit captures true range in fine art. For more information visit the artist's website.
Tails & TerpsichoreMarch 20, 2012 through November 24, 2013
Tails and Terpsichore is an exhibit about the many occurrences where animal and dance themes become intertwined. It investigates the numerous ways animals can dance, as well as the many ways people can dance about or with their furry friends. This exhibit offers something for everyone as it will appease the most strict of balletomanes, and will delight the most naive of newcomers. This exhibit reminds us that dance is for everyone... tall, thin, thick, young, old, scales, feathers, fur...
En Pointe!March 20, 2012 through November 24, 2013
This exhibit explores the history, myths, and reality behind pointe shoes and ballet. See toe shoes sawed in half, dozens of autographed shoes from your favorite ballerinas, fascinating video, and find out all the facts on the do's and don'ts of dancing En Pointe! This exhibit is sponsored by Bloch, Capezio, Freed, Gaynor Minden, Grishko, and Suffolk.
Art in the FoyerRuns through April 2014
Art in the Foyer, the museum's annually rotating fine art series, will feature photography from Jordan Matter's new book Dancers Among Us. The book, a photography collection that shows dancers using their talents in all walks of life, is a New York Times Best Seller, Oprah Magazine Favorite Read 2012, and Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012. For more information, visit the artist's website.
Alfred Z. Solomon Children's WingTwist! 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 Saturday Play Days.
Washington BathhouseThe 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.
Hall of FameThe 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 48 inductees.
Hall of Fame Inductees (beginning with our 2013 inductee) are selected by the museum's Nomination Committee. Learn more about the members of the committee.