Dance Hall of Fame to induct Michael Jackson
The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame is excited to
announce that this year’s gala theme
is Michael Jackson.
By JOSEPH DALTON, Special to the Times Union
First published in print: Sunday,
May 2, 2010
SARATOGA SPRINGS —
The late Michael Jackson will be inducted into the
Dance Hall of Fame during events Aug. 14 and 15 at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. The posthumous honor to the King of Pop
is the first time a figure from rock and roll is so honored.
Since the Hall of Fame was established in 1987, 43 dancers and
choreographers have been inducted, primarily from the fields of ballet
and modern dance. The ranks include George Balanchine, Martha Graham
and Bronislava Nijinska as well as Fred Astaire and tap dancer Bill
"Bojangles" Robinson. The most recent honorees are Broadway star Tommy
Tune and New York City Ballet chief Peter Martins.
The August celebrations will begin
with the annual gala to be followed the next day by the induction
ceremony. According to Riggi, the museum has reached out to the Michael
Jackson estate, but no word has come as to whether any family members
will attend. Scheduled to perform in homage to Jackson at the gala are
the Lombard Twins, a young Argentine duo who Riggi says danced for the
pop star in the past.