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National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame – Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Located in Saratoga Spa State Park, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the country dedicated entirely to the art of dance.  Housed in the former Washington Bath House, the museum contains videos, artifacts, costumes, photographs and biographies about dance, dancers, and choreographers.  It also provides dance classes through the Lewis A. Sawyer School for the Arts.   The museum also houses the Dance Hall of Fame, which includes inductees like Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, Tommy Tunes, and many others.

The museum is dedicated to the history and continuing education of American dance.  There are lots of fun artifacts to see, like Tommy Tunes’ shoes, and interesting topics to discover.  Learn about the history of tutus in ballet, ancient Mayan dances, and dance traditions in Harlem in exhibits that explode in visual fantasy, with costumes, artwork, and film to bring everything to life.  Even those who are not passionate about dance will find this museum exciting in its presentation of this aspect of history in the U.S.

Even for those who have are not interested in dance, this museum is a must see, if only for its stunning architecture and atmosphere.  The domed entrance is adorned with massive photographs and dancers on each wall, giving the appearance that the dancers in the photos really are flying and floating through the air.   The elegance and beauty of the building is juxtaposed with a casual, quite atmosphere.

The Hall of Fame features exhibits on its inductees, and other well known dancers and choreographers.   The Judith Jamison exhibit, for example, brings the details of her life to the forefront through beautiful photos, framed letters, and costumes that she wore.   The children’s section of the museum will entice and enthrall any aspiring ballerina.

This museum is surrounded by the beautiful grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park and housed in one of its famous hot spring bath houses.  There is plenty to see and lots of learn about, even for non-dancers or dance enthusiasts.  Kids and adults alike can enjoy this fun museum!

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