50th Anniversary of SPAC’s Opening Night on Friday, July 8
Including, a Community Picnic at 5PM on the SPAC lawn, the Debut of New SPAC Education Program, The Performance Project: Youth in Motion at 7PM in the Amphitheater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 8PM in the Amphitheater.
On Friday, July 8, SPAC will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its historic Opening Night – July 8, 1966—with a Community Picnic on the SPAC lawn from 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Admission to the picnic event is complimentary for ticket holders to the 8pm performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Guests at the event will enjoy complimentary hot dogs, chips, soda, and ice cream, as well as entertainment by The Racing City Chorus, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, The Smile Lounge Photo Booth, magicians, balloon artists, and more!
Highlighting the picnic event will be the debut of a new SPAC education program, entitled, The Performance Project: Youth in Motion. Sixty local children from the Capital District and Saratoga Regional YMCAs will join thirty New York City children in a dance performance on SPAC’s storied stage at 7pm. The Performance Project is presented in collaboration with National Dance Institute (NDI), a non-profit arts education organization founded in 1976 by ballet star and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise.
The evening will culminate in a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Returning to SPAC for the first time since 1980, the company will present a mixed bill of recent and classic works including founder Alvin Ailey’s iconic Revelations, the most widely seen modern dance in the world.
For more information, go online to www.spac.org.