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The Footlights series presentation is part of the Williams Center’s 25th anniversary season

The Latin-infused dance company Ballet Hispanico will perform Palladium Nights at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Williams Center for the Arts. The Footlights series presentation is part of the Williams Center’s 25th anniversary season.
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $4 for faculty and staff, and $25 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

Palladium Nights invites the audience into the electrifying hotbed of Latino social dances of the 1950’s in New York’s legendary Palladium, with original choreography by Willie Rosario and live music by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. O’Farrill was Lafayette’s Pesky Artist-in-Residence in 2005-06, and his band won this year’s Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for Song for Chico.

Founded in 1970 by artistic director Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico the leading Hispanic dance company in the United States. Ramirez’s lifetime work as a professional dancer, educator, and producer earned her a 2005 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has performed for over two million people, appearing in such major venues as The John F. Kennedy Center, Houston’s Wortham Center, the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia.

This performance is supported by an ArtsCONNECT grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. ArtsCONNECT is made possible through major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Performing Arts Touring Program with support from Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation and Dominion Foundation.

The 2008–2009 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for extraordinary support of the 25th anniversary season, and to Joan Moran and the Amaranth Foundation for support of the Ravi Shankar commission.

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