Purdue Convocations to present 'Cumbia Dance Party' Sept. 25

September 3, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Infusing Peruvian tradition with a revitalized sound, the Cumbia All Stars will have you on your feet as you swing and dance to the rhythm of the "cumbia." This general admission performance will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.

This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with Friends support from IU Health Arnett and campus support from the Latino Cultural Center and Purdue University Dining & Catering.

Ticket holders are invited to arrive early for a pre-show cumbia dance lesson taught by the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team at 7 p.m.

The Cumbia All Stars, comprised of alumni from Peru's "cumbia" bands, resurrect the classics of their heyday and honor that legacy with new compositions. The then-teenaged musicians planted the roots of their sound in Lima and saw it spread to remote cities of the Amazonian jungle.

The "cumbia" was born from a diverse collection of African, Spanish, and Central American Indian influences as it merged and morphed its way through the Caribbean and Central America in the late 1800s. Each nation infused its own identity into the "cumbia" sound.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit https://purdue.edu/convocations/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Contact: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photographs are available at https://www.purdue.edu/convocations/press/ 

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