What do the late Muhammad Ali and Misty Copeland have in common? They are both in the National Museum of Dance’s new exhibition, The Dancing Athlete, in Saratoga Springs, New York. The exhibit explores the connections between dance and sports through photography, video footage, costume/attire, sculpture and other memorabilia. Featured artists and athletes include Jacob’s Pillow Dance founder Ted Shawn, Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson and former New York City Ballet principal Edward Villella. The Dancing Athlete will be open through spring 2017. Dancemuseum.org

Photo by Studio di Luce, courtesy of the National Museum of Dance

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Who could forget last May’s news story on the troubled elementary school transformed by administrators’ decision to decrease security and hire more arts teachers? Those inspiring results just scratch the surface of topics covered in the latest report from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

Evidence: A Report on The Impact of Dance in the K–12 Setting compiles research from over 200 documents discussing dance’s impact on classroom learning in the 21st century. The findings point to dance's benefits in improving brain performance and cognition, increasing test scores, lowering drop-out rates, improving emotional well-being and boosting morale. In short, Evidence is a handy compilation of scientific proof that we need dance in K–12 classrooms.

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An early cast of a pointe shoe sculpture

Saratoga Springs is about to up its status as a dance mecca. Home to the National Museum of Dance and New York City Ballet’s summer season, the city plans to highlight its role in the dance world by peppering its tourist-friendly downtown area with two dozen five-foot-tall statues of pointe shoes.

The National Museum of Dance heads the project and has commissioned a crew of local artists to design each shoe uniquely. The Saratoga En Pointe installation will be unveiled at the museum on May 31, after which the shoes will be delivered to their permanent homes throughout the city.

What ballerina won’t want to have her photo taken with a larger-than-life homage to her craft?

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Dance

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