A native of Broadalbin, NY, Michele studied dance from a young age and dreamed of a career on Broadway. Her passion for the arts has endured. Together with her husband Ron, she is one of the most consequential patrons of the arts in Saratoga Springs and a vital philanthropist for causes such as animal welfare and advocacy. Michele has served as the chairwoman of the Museum’s annual gala and in 2013 spearheaded the successful city-wide fundraiser Saratoga En Pointe which benefitted the Museum and highlighted Saratoga Springs as a cultural destination. In 2014 she established The Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Riggi Theater, a forty-five-seat black box theater located in the northwest wing of the Museum. Michele has served on the board of directors for The Actors Fund’s Career Transition for Dancers in New York City. She has been President of the Board of the National Museum of Dance since 2005 and Director since 2019.
Operations & Special Events Manager
518.584.2225 Ext. 3003 |
Bruce manages operations and the rentals of the entire Museum facility including weddings, private and corporate events, and performing arts programs. He is a professional photographer and graphic designer with over two decades of experience. He was the lead graphic designer for the National Museum of Dance Gala between 2008 and 2013 for which he created and designed most of the marketing materials for this annual fundraising event and Hall of Fame induction. He has photographed more than six hundred weddings and has also planned and coordinated many weddings and events over his twenty-year career. His broad experience within the industry as a photographer at the Museum and throughout the region makes him uniquely qualified to assist rental clients considering the National Museum of Dance for their event. Bruce joined the staff of the National Museum of Dance in 2019.
MARY ANNE FANTAUZZI
518.584.2225 Ext. 3004 |
Mary Anne was an Algebra teacher at Saratoga Springs High School for thirty-eight years and has been a group fitness instructor since 1981. In 1997, Mary Anne founded Total Body Trifecta, a fitness studio dedicated to developing the total individual through programs that foster an equal balance of the three components of fitness – cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility enhancement. She is a longtime member of the Dance Alliance and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education/Mathematics from the College of St. Rose and a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from SUNY New Paltz. Mary Anne has volunteered at the National Museum of Dance since it opened in 1986.
Media Arts Coordinator
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Lydia manages the Museum’s social media accounts, staffs the gift shop, and serves as the Museum’s photographer documenting all exhibitions and programming and assisting with video installations. Lydia has studied modern dance for more than sixteen years. Her main interests are in performance, choreography, and documentary and dance photography. She is one of the teachers and choreographers for the MOVE hip-hop dance club at Saratoga Springs High School and has been involved with Bridges to Skidmore, a college dance class combining Skidmore students and adults with developmental disabilities. She earned a BA in Dance from Skidmore College. Lydia joined the staff of the National Museum of Dance in 2018.