Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary); her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness. Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval, Guillermoprieto found in Cuba a people whose sense of purpose touched her forever.

In this electrifying memoir, Guillermoprieto–now an award-winning journalist and arguably one of our finest writers on Latin America– resurrects a time when dancers and revolutionaries seemed to occupy the same historical stage and even a floor exercise could be a profoundly political act. Exuberant and elegiac, tender and unsparing, Dancing with Cuba is a triumph of memory and feeling.

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Alma Guillermoprieto is now a very respected journalist and writer on Latin American affairs. but in the early 1970s she was a dancer in New York City, trying to scrape a living in avant-garde ... Read full review

DANCING WITH CUBA: A Memoir of the Revolution

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The momentous year in Cuba that transformed the author from dancer into one of the most charringly honest journalists at work today.In New York City at the end of the 1960s, Mexican-born ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Alma Guillermoprieto writes frequently for The New Yorker (where the first chapter of this book appeared in 2002) and The New York Review of Books. She is the author of Looking for History, The Heart That Bleeds, and Samba, and she was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1995. Raised in Mexico and the United States, she now makes her home in Mexico City.

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