Westport Public Library will host classical dancer Jacques d'Amboise as the featured speaker of its annual Westport Library Malloy Lecture in the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Bedford Middle School auditorium, 88 North Ave.

A former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, d'Amboise will focus on his contributions in ballet movies and arts education, according to a news release. He will show excerpts from some of his ballets at the lecture and also sign copies of his autobiography, "I Was a Dancer."

Born in Massachusetts, d'Amboise, as a principal with the New York City Ballet, had ballets specially created for him by choreographer George Balanchine. He has also choreographed ballets for the New York City Ballet. In 1976, he founded the National Dance Institute in New York City.

He has danced in films, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," in which he played the part of Ephraim, one of the brothers, and "Carousel," where he danced the role of the "Starlight Carnival" barker in Louise's Ballet.

D'Amboise's honors and awards include an Academy Award for the documentary film "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'," about d'Amboise and the institute; the 1990 MacArthur Fellowship; a Kennedy Center Honors Award; a National Medal of the Arts; and a New York Governor's Award.

The lecture is made possible by a contribution from Westport resident Susan Malloy.

The event is free, and registration is required at westportlibrary.org.

For information, call 203-291-4800, or visit the website.