February 13, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will host "BALLET NY dances for kids!," Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center.

The matinee performance, a special concert for families is free to the community through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

Fugate/Bahiri BALLET NY was founded in 1997 by former New York City Ballet principal ballerina Judith Fugate and international artist Medhi Bahiri "to put the fun back in ballet,"according to Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"It is a company of outstanding young soloists, and they are uniquely able to reach out to and connect with younger audiences," he said.

In addition to the children's matinee, BALLET NY will perform Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center. Tickets for the Friday evening Weis Center performance are $20, available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

Members of the BALLET NY dance troupe and the artistic directors will hold a demonstration and open rehearsal with a meet-the-artist talk Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. on the Weis Center stage. This special opportunity is free and open to the community and campus.

The residency and performances by BALLET NY have been funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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Story posted Feb. 13, 2006

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