Knownto aspiring dancers and ballet enthusiasts worldwide, Saratoga Springs is much more thanthe home of the National Museum of Dance. The arts have always been nurtured inthe Spa City, and in 1964, the world-famous founder of the New York CityBallet, George Balanchine, decided to make the new Saratoga Performing ArtsCenter his company’s summer home. The company has brought some of the world’smost famous dancers and choreographers to Saratoga ever since. Skidmore Collegeoffered one of the best dance programs in the nation, and several prestigiousacademies and summer programs have made Saratoga their home, helping youngpeople from Lake Avenue and around the world achieve that illustrious dream ofdancing professionally. Skidmore dance professor Denise Warner Limoli narratesthis beautiful history, from turn-of-the-century “floral fêtes” to today’svibrant dance community.