Current Exhibits


Dancers In Film

Dancers in Film

Ongoing 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), John Travolta (2014), and Chita Rivera (2015).

Art in the Foyer: Design for dance

Now Open
In its 30th anniversary season, the National Museum of Dance highlights the costume sketches of designer and dance historian Malcolm McCormick in the Museum’s annual fine art series, Art in the Foyer. McCormick began a dynamic 30-year career as a costume designer for ballet, modern dance, and theater, while simultaneously pursuing a career as a dancer in the late 1940s in New York. His many commissions included costume designs for the Metropolitan Opera, Pilobolus, Murray Louis, and the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center. In 2016, McCormick gave the Museum an important collection of over 250 costume sketches representing the full scope of his career. These exceptional pieces comprise Design for Dance: The Malcolm McCormick Collection.

The Dancing Athlete

Now 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.

The National Museum of Dance
Celebrating 30 Years

Now Open
The only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to the art form of dance, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame opened in June 1987, after a short preview season the summer before. To commemorate its 30th Annivesary, the Museum has created a an exhibition tracing the museum’s origins from its notable founders’ grand idea to the selection and complete renovation of a historic 1920s bath house as its home. A survey of exhibitions presented by the museum, the creation of the Swyer Studios which houses the Museum's School of the Arts, and the incredible history of the Hall of Fame, are showcased along with the museum’s expansive collection of costumes, visual art, and archival materials.

Celebrating the Founders
Marylou Whitney and Lewis A. Swyer

Now Open
Thirty years ago, philanthropist Marylou Whitney and contractor Lewis A. Swyer, developed an ambitious plan to create the first hall of fame and museum of dance in the United States. Their shared vision for a unique cultural institution, devoted exclusively to the art form, was fully realized in 1987 in the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame. Their extraordinary generosity, inspiring vision, and tireless work ensured the complete, award-winning reconstruction of the historic Washington Baths for this purpose. Together they created a distinct spirit and energy that continues to inform all facets of this singular cultural institution.

Celebrating the Hall of Fame

Now Open
Dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney the Hall of Fame honors innovators who have made an indelible contribution to American professional dance across all genres. As articulated by Museum founder and chairman Lewis A. Swyer at the July 11, 1987 inauguration, “The Hall of Fame aims to illuminate the contributions of great choreographers, teachers, artistic directors and others, living and dead, who have helped to shape and continue to shape American dance, in ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theater, and film.” Through numerous Hall of Fame inductions and exhibitions over the past thirty years, the Museum has collaborated with and hosted a vast range of choreographers, dancers, scholars, artists, designers, and directors.

The Collection of
Cris Alexander and Shaun O'Brien

Ongoing
The National Museum of Dance presents, in its Southeast Gallery, 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. Originally displayed in the Museum's Art in the Foyer series, the Collection of Cris Alexander and Shaun O'Brien have become the Museum's fifth permanent exhbition.


Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Ongoing
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 fifty inductees, the Hall of Fame is the only one of its kind and is one of four 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 Wing

Alfred Z. Solomon Children's Wing

Ongoing
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!
Washington Bathhouse

Washington Bathhouse

Ongoing
The National Museum of Dance is housed in what was once the Washington Bathhouse, a turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts Style building 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.