The National Museum of Dance is nestled on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY, near the scenic Saratoga Spa State Park. The impressive variety of photographs, videos, costumes, and other artifacts honoring all forms of dance throughout history at the museum are available to the public. Thousands of books, periodicals, and print items can be accessed for dance research in the Research Room. The National Museum of Dance routinely displays exhibits, programs, and performances.
The National Museum of Dance presents five permanent exhibits. Perhaps the most notable of the five, the Hall of Fame honors numerous dance professionals that have established and preserved a lasting legacy in the industry. The museum’s own nomination committee selects the inductees. The Washington Bathhouse exhibit restores and recreates two rooms from the initial condition of the building, a 20th-century bathhouse. Photographs taken by Saratoga natives Cris Alexander and Shaun O’Brien are permanently displayed. The former was a renowned photographer and the latter a legendary New York City Ballet character dancer. Families visiting the National Museum of Dance can enjoy the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing. Kids can twist, jump, and play in this interactive learning space with rotating exhibits.
The museum also rotates special exhibits. “The Dancing Athlete” analyzes the connection between dance and sports. “Dancers in Film” celebrates and remembers professional dancers and superstar actors with iconic dance roles on the silver screen. The National Museum of Dance recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, opening several exhibits to detail and commemorate the institution’s journey.
The museum consistently executes educational programs, charity fundraisers, and auditions for major dance organizations. Weekly ballroom dancing lessons instruct west-coast swing, rumba, and Argentinian tango dance styles. Annual fundraising events include the “Purple Tie Affair” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, “Only the Best” Bridal Show, and one of the highlights of Saratoga’s summer season, the Dance Museum Pearl Gala.
“The kids’ interactive area was a family hit. Great place for families traveling with kids to the Saratoga Springs area.”
—Ruth M, TripAdvisor