About the Palladium

 The Palladium opened in 1947 just as the bittersweet residuals of a finished war were hitting the U.S. New York's Latin population boomed after the war, facilitating the need for larger entertainment venues outside of traditional Latin neighborhoods. This massive influx of people from Cuba, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Mexico and other South American countries inlaid bursts of different cultures into traditionally Anglo notions of nightlife. The Palladium would not follow in the relatively sedate footsteps of New York's burgeoning 40s dance scene.

 As the club grew in popularity, it became the natural nesting ground for a new music craze jelling Antillano rhythms with African folk beats & American Jazz -- the mambo.

 It hardened into a sexy and athletic -- but somehow accessible -- dance at the Palladium. Those perfecting it at the ballroom fused the skills of ballet dancers and acrobats into acts of statuesque sweep and grace.




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