On Saturday, August 9th the National Museum of Dance hosted the 2014 Dancers in Film Gala. This is our 9th year of donating our photographic services, prints, and folios for this event, which we are always so happy to be a part of. The entire evening was full of glitz and glamour as guests arrived in beautiful formal wear, ready to enjoy their night. The National Museum of Dance and all those involved in planning and coordinating the gala did an excellent job.
The exhibit honoring the 2014 Honorees and Inductees, Gene Kelly and Jacques d’Amboise, into the Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame, officially opened on the night of the gala. The exhibit, as you can see below, is full of bright colors, images, and text. There is truly so much to see just within this one hallway on it’s own. One half of the hallway below honors Gene Kelly and his achievements, while the other half does the same for Jacques d’Amboise. Both of these tremendously talented men accomplished so much throughout the course of their dancing careers, and the National Museum of Dance did an excellent job in honoring them. The exhibit is now open to the public, go check it out!
This hallway provides a new twist on the typical 2-dimensional display. Umbrellas hang down fro the ceiling, a figure of Gene Kelly pops out from the wall, and a display case including two outfits of child dancers who have worked with Jacques d’Amboise. We personally loved the cityscape window shades, they make the exhibit pop even more than it already was!We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day to go along with such a beautiful venue and event.The “film” theme was creatively incorporated in all of the decorations. Look at those centerpieces!The gala hosted so many interactive elements. Pictured below is a Living Statue, courtesy of World Gate Entertainment decked out in the National Museum of Dance logo and name. He truly made the gala more fun for us as photographers, and for the guests as well!Raul Martinez is the Director of the National Museum of Dance and the Director of the School of the Arts. He’s pictured below, welcoming guests onto the red carpet and into the venue.The venue was more inviting than we have ever seen it before! The outside patio was turned into a beautiful seating area that was used throughout the whole evening. We loved all the pops of the theme colors of the night; there were blues, purples, and yellows scattered throughout the outside, bar area, and ballroom.There were even more living statues present in different areas during the night. We love how the gold, metallic statue below looks with the colored lights projected in the bar area.Would you ever guess that this is a dance studio? Us neither! The decor blows us away every year. This year the movie posters on the walls, giant disco ball, the beautiful centerpieces, illuminated dance floor, the colors, and the ballroom as a whole made for so many different photographs.Each centerpiece even had it’s own disco ball. Film was creatively incorporated into the flower arrangement too, as you can see below.The night was full of colored lights being reflected off of all the silver, shiny surfaces in a million different directions. It was awesome!Put him in front of a backdrop of the same pattern and it’s like he’s barely there! Incredible! The statue made for some great Step & Repeat photos with guests!Pictured below is President and Gala Chairwoman Michele Riggi with the Living Statue.Pictured below is honored guest Mariano Rivera being interviewed by the press.Jacques d’Amboise, legendary dancer and choreographer , was officially inducted into the Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame on the night of the gala. The hosts of the night were so grateful to have such a distinguished guest join the evening. Jacques is pictured below with Michele Riggi (left) and Shelley Caswell, Facility Coordinator at the National Museum of Dance.Pictured below is Michele Riggi with her daughter Roslyn Zecchini.Pictured below: Roslyn Zecchini with guest (left), Patricia Riggi with brother Francis Eckardt and daughter Nicole Rich (center), and Jeffrey and Rochelle Higgins (right).Pictured below: Neil and Jane Golub (left), John Witt and guest (center), and Bill and Susan Dake (right).
Pictured below: (left to right) Ron Riggi, Clara Rivera, Michele Riggi, and Mariano Rivera.Pictured below: (left to right) Vincent Riggi, Christopher Riggi, Brian Marks, Michael Barss, Johnny Rich, and guest.Pictured below: Laura Dirado, head of Design & Development for the NMD and Raul Martinez, Director of NMD & Director of the School of the Arts.Pictured below: Sara Brians and Jeremy Benton dancing to “Begin the Beguine” choreographed by Randy Skinner. They did an excellent job!Mariano Rivera, Honorary Chair, spoke and gave the meal blessing.Guests enjoyed a night on the dance floor as the the T.S. Ensemble played both old and new hit songs.The dance floor was packed all night and was always full of energy!After all the planning and organizing, Michele deserved a little fun herself!
As always, Michele encourages everyone to dance and have fun.
We thoroughly enjoyed photographing the 2014 Dances in Film Gala at the National Museum of Dance. We, like many others, truly appreciate all those who put their time and effort into making the night such a success. The Gala Committee and the National Museum of Dance staff did such an AMAZING job! Everything from the decor, to the meal, and even the venue as a whole was wonderful.
Special thanks to gracious supporters: Turbine Services Limited, Witt Construction, Inc., World Gate Entertainment, Waterford Crystal, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shops, Columbia Development Companies, DZ Restaurants, Inc., ACES American Concert Entertainment Services, Fine Affairs, Mazzone Hospitality, Bonacio Construction, Inc., Clifton Park Rental Center, Hidden Gardens, Imagine! Photography & Design, and The Adirondack Trust Company
In order to view ALL of the images from the Gala visit the link below: