What did you think?

As you all already know, the world premiere of this version’s Pinocchio took place in the Mr. And Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater. Over the last several days, the play Pinocchio was a huge success. We were able to receive feedback from a few audience members about what they thought of the performance.
What Brie enjoyed most about the performance was “The sound effects, I really liked that. It was really cool how they had interactive music and the singing was really fun.”
Susan on the other hand said her favorite part was “I liked the interaction with the audience, that was great. That was a lot of fun. It was great to see the audience having so much fun, the kids were great.”
Willow’s favorite part was “When Annie did her song, that was adorable and the energy of the show was very good.”
Overall the performances proved to be successful, the cast and crew did a wonderful job. They were all so kind and were a pleasure to have in our museum during their practices, rehearsals and performances. One memorable part of this experience for me was as their performances ended they couldn’t all help but share their joy in the performance they just put on. Not only was this a one of a kind event, we hope that this production will be performed here for years to come!

A lie keeps growing and growing

Come relive the classic tale of a puppet’s journey as he transforms into a “real boy”, starting July 19th at the National Museum of Dance Theater… The Creative Place International and The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts present to you the story of PINOCCHIO, a new play with music, adapted by Mary Jane Hansen, with a script by Don Raffaello Lavagna. The essence of Carlo Collodi’s original story is kept alive with authentic Italian music by Alberico Vitalini, adapted by Will Severin. This will not be a show to miss!
I remember the first time I ever saw Pinocchio when I was just a child. The Disney-adapted movie has stuck with me, even though I haven’t seen it in years. But this tale of a feeble wooden puppet and his nose-growing habit of fabricating lies seems to resonate with many more people than just I. Pinocchio is one of the most popularly adapted stories in children’s literature, and has reappeared in a myriad of forms since its original publishing in 1883 by Carlo Collodi. We hope that you join us on any of the following dates to watch this classic story come alive in its latest form of music and dance!

Saturday, July 19 & Sunday July 20 at 1 PM
Tuesday, July 22 at 11AM
Wednesday, July 23 at 11AM & 7 PM

The Dance Museum is highly looking forward to this opportunity to host Creative Place International in the production of PINOCCHIO. We cannot wait see such a magical story take on the next dimension of song and dance, and all of your faces light up when you do too!

A Remarkable Company

Inventive visuals, evocative music, and dramatic movement fill the stage. Only lights, shadows, props, and human bodies erect mesmerizing illusions. An internationally renowned dance company whose influence and repertoire have reached over 55 countries, yet boasts less than 35 years of establishment is creating an artistic movement not to be overlooked. The dance-illusionists of MOMIX are coming to Saratoga Springs, and you do not want to miss out.

Founder and Artistic Director of MOMIX Moses Pendleton established himself in the dance world over forty years ago. Pendleton is an original member of Pilobolous Dance Theatre, as well as a choreographer for various ballets, films, operas, and the closing ceremonies for the 1980 Winter Olympics. MOMIX was created in 1981 and quickly made a name for itself as an innovative and creative dance company, especially known for their captivating and beautiful images.

The company is remarkable in many ways and we are delighted to welcome them to Saratoga Springs. MOMIX is considered to be a “young” and “new” dance troupe, but it has the popularity and respected reputation as some troupes twice its age. The dance-illusionists of MOMIX have been featured in television commercials, film, and on stages for international audiences, while their journey as a dance company has just begun. Take advantage of the incredible opportunity our community has and watch a performance or take part in their improvisational master class while they are in town.

Pointe to the Nearby Shoe


Saratoga En Pointe was so captivating to the community members, National Museum of Dance has decided to run its photo contest for a second time! Until Saturday, August 31st at 4pm, anyone may participate in this community wide event. Last year’s contestants earned a place on display in our museum, they are able to come see the picture they submitted to the museum in the Saratoga En Pointe exhibit slideshow. After the contest, the photos will be replaced with this year’s participants! The 2014 contest is looking for even more exciting and unique photos from the participants. The contest will be run on Facebook. Participants are asked to take a picture of themselves with a pointe shoe around town, either doing a dance pose or replicating the theme of that shoe. Whether it be replicating the pose, style, colors etc.

As participants are coming to the museum for the map of where the shoes are placed this year, we are hearing exciting discussions about what they will be doing in order to win the contest. I personally am inspired by the Lilly Tiptoes Through Toga shoe, sponsored by Pink Paddock. I am thinking I will create a dress that looks just like the designs on the shoe!

Each individual/family may submit one photo per shoe for a total of up to 26 submissions. Submissions must be posted to the Museums Facebook Timeline using the hashtag #saratogaenpointe. We will be giving out two prizes, one for the best pose next to the pointe shoe and one for the best replication of the theme. For more information on the rules of the contest please visit the museum’s Facebook page under the event Saratoga En Pointe 2014 Photo Contest.


Denise Warner Limoli: Vibrant, Energetic, and Driven

ImagePhoto by Emma Dodge Hanson

Denise Warner Limoli is a woman who extends the boundaries of dance. She has accomplished countless successes throughout her career. Her first book, Dance in Saratoga Springs was published in 2013. She serves on the Board of Directors at the National Museum of Dance and curated the exhibit, “American Ballet Theatre: Then and Now.”

Ms. Limoli is a well-established teacher, specializing in Classical Ballet training, repertoire and history. She performed internationally as a featured dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and later served as Ballet Mistress for multiple professional companies. In addition to her position at Skidmore College, she was faculty at the University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Since 1970, she has been Senior Ballet Mistress for the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Connecticut.

Ms. Limoli teaches regularly for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. She teaches all levels of ballet, and she receives outstanding reviews from her students. At Skidmore, Prof. LImoli has showcased her dancers along with the Skidmore Orchestra in performances at the Zankel Music Center.

Beginning at 7pm on Thursday, July 17, Denise Warner Limoli will give a presentation on the history and artistic importance of the Bolshoi Ballet, one of Russia’s greatest cultural institutions. She will also give insight into Bolshoi’s production of “Don Quixote,” which the company will be performing at SPAC this season. This event will be sponsored by the Saratoga/Chekhov Sister City Partnership Program and hosted by former Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Ken Klotz. A reception will follow. This event is free, but reservations are recommended.

Established in 2001 to strengthen cultural understanding, stimulate economic development, and conduct long-term projects of mutual benefit, the Chekhov Partnership sponsors lectures, children’s art exhibits, theatrical events and travel opportunities. Over the years community members have traveled to Russia and several Russian delegations have visited Saratoga Springs.

ImageDon QPhotos of Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet; photos by Damir Yusupov

Dance into Good Health


A dancer’s body is used to exceeding its limits. Dancers are constantly stretching, jumping, balancing, and lifting themselves. These exercises require all types of strength and practice. To become a dancer one needs to be dedicated and loyal to the art. When a person commits themselves to becoming a dancer it is important that they know all the right ways to take care of their bodies.

On July 1, 2014 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm the National Museum of Dance will be sponsoring the annual program, Dancer Health Day. This event is primarily focused on teaching growing dancers, senior students and adults about a variety of subjects. Anny DeGange Holgate and Karen Millard, both associated with the School of the Arts, will be instructing the dancers. The information these two women will focus on for the day will be related to the dancer’s body and mind such as proper nutrition, the auditioning process, yoga, strength training, and how to get a pay check.

All dancers should know the importance of having a healthy mind and body in order to be their best and perform their best. The event is on us, so come by and learn something new! RSVP’s are appreciated, please call 518-584-2225 x3009.

Celebrate 40 years of Balanchine’s “Coppélia”


by Catherine Jue

Who would have ever thought a life-like doll reading a book could cause as much chaos, comedy, and romance as Coppélia did. Find out the whole story at the National Museum of Dance’s Coppélia Doll Party on June 28th from 10-11:30 am. Boys and girls ages 2 and up are invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Balanchine’s Coppélia in the recently established Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing. You won’t want to miss out on this morning of fun!

Come enjoy a reading of the story Coppélia, an interactive dance demonstration, and even a birthday celebration. Children can dress up, bring a doll and get their face painted to look like Coppélia. In addition, children are welcome to explore the activities within the Children’s Wing such as our mini dance studio, interactive games such as “Just Dance” for Xbox Kinect and our new green screen technology.

Admission is $5 per child, which can be paid at the time of the event. Make sure to reserve a spot for your child by contacting Susan Edwards by email programming@dancemuseum.org or by phone (518) 584-2225. Limit of 20 children. Please note that caregivers must stay at the event with their child.

Watch an excerpt from New York City Ballet’s performance of Coppélia: