Saratoga En Pointe Brings Ballet Shoe Art to Saratoga
Saratoga has long been known for its glorification of horses, but another popular part of Saratoga culture is dance. The city plays host to the annual Dance Flurry Festival, along with elaborate galas, the National Museum of Dance and the New York City Ballet summer season.
Anyone who has been to Saratoga in the past ten years is sure to have seen the 23 Saratoga fiberglass horses that have decorated the streets downtown since 2002. Isn't it time we did the same to recognize Saratoga's dance culture?
Well this year, the streets are about to get even more lively because The National Museum of Dance has recently selected 24 artists for a project called Saratoga En Pointe! Each artist will decorate a five-foot tall fiberglass ballet shoe sculpture. These fiberglass ballet shoes will be displayed throughout the City of Saratoga at select locations. The artists have until May to complete the sculptures, which are expected to be on display soon after.
The National Museum of Dance hopes that the shoes will promote the museum and is hosting an event to present the fiberglass ballet shoes on May 31.
An exhibit at the museum named "En Pointe!" will also run through Nov. 24 and explore the history, traditions and realities behind pointe shoes and ballet itself.
The exhibit will also include many different types of pointe shoes, including autographed shoes, as well as video features.
These new additions should add a unique touch to the already charming downtown Saratoga Springs. Are you excited for them to go up?