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.
Lisa develops, researches, and writes each of the Museum’s exhibitions and is the author of the recently published book, National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame: Celebrating 30 Years (SUNY Press). She lectures and writes on art and design and is the author of The Invention of Chic: Thérèse Bonney and Paris Moderne (Thames & Hudson). She earned a BA in Modern Languages from Union College and an MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies from Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Lisa has worked with the National Museum of Dance since 2015.
Sarah coordinates all administrative aspects of the Museum including membership, volunteers, and interns and oversees the Museum’s archival collection. She has worked as a collections management intern at the Schenectady County Historical Society and an archival intern at the National Museum of Dance. She most recently worked as the Mielke Fellow at the Mandeville Gallery at Union College. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Schenectady County Historical Society. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from SUNY Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK. Sarah joined the staff of the National Museum of Dance in 2018.
Emily assists with daily operations, development, exhibitions, and collections at the museum. She is a professional dancer with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (Resident Company of The Egg, Albany, NY). She graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a BA and honors in Classics and Dance. She has performed dances choreographed by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Stephen Petronio, and Ronald K. Brown, among others. In 2019, she presented original choreography inspired by Ovid’s myth of Pygmalion at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum alongside a curated selection of sculptures from the Tang’s permanent collections. Emily was an archival intern at the National Museum of Dance before joining the staff in 2019.
Bruce manages 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 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.
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.
Facility Maintenance Coordinator
518.584.2225 Ext. 3006
Shelley oversees the maintenance of the entire Museum property, including the Lewis A. Swyer School of the Arts. Shelley joined the staff of the National Museum of Dance in 1992.