Dancing With Cuba

Dancing With Cuba In 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 revolutiona

  • Title: Dancing With Cuba
  • Author: Alma Guillermoprieto Esther Allen
  • ISBN: 9780375725814
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 revolutionary her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval, GuillermoprieIn 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 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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    1. I really enjoyed this book. It was given to my sister by her friend in Oakland. I've never read Alma Guillermoprieto before, but apparently she's the Latin American correspondent for the New Yorker, a publication I wish I had the $ to subscribe to (even more so now that all their fiction and poetry is subscription-only). A lot of this book hit close to home for me. I loved Alma's younger-self narrator: her constant self-critcism, her dislike of her ignorance about politics and Latin American aff [...]

    2. I loved the writing style of the author, captivated by her story. She parses the history of Cuba and the revolution in appropriate places to bolster the narrative. Exquisite story.More than 3 decades ago, I spent 6 months teaching modern dance in Cubaelve (come back)Martha Graham - brilliant, temperamental, most revered choreographerHer quest for a body language that reflected the deepest inner conflicts and the way she used gesture and movements to stage great myths, centering them on the inter [...]

    3. This is a beautifully written book. It is also an interesting attempt by the author to potentially fictionalize memory. I read this book while in Cuba and thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned something about modern dance and revolutionary Cuba at the same time.

    4. After reading her work for years in the New Yorker, and hearing her lecture "How to Be a Mexican" at the New York Public Library, I was interested to read this book about 1970 Cuba. Author teaches modern dance for six months in the state-run school- a woeful experience full of sharp details of the physical poverty in Cuba and the earnest doomed spirit of the modern dance experiment there. AG moves from the dance background of late 60s study in New York with Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham, so [...]

    5. You will learn quite a bit about Cuba's history (Bautista and Castro years) from the personal perspective of a very young dancer who, in 1970, moves from NYC to Cuba to teach her craft to young students. It's another book that could have been better edited, it seemed to run on at some points. However, I really enjoyed the you-are-there view of a country not even 10 years away from its revolution. Her perspective is pretty measured, showing the good and bad things about Castro's Cuba. At the time [...]

    6. Muy bien escrito. Interesante retrato de una joven bailarina sin convicciones políticas que viaja a Cuba y pasa por una crisis que cambia su vida. La autora es muy auténtica.

    7. I just finished reading this book after nearly devouring it when I started it. This book is not only for dancers, although lovers of dance and the avant-garde movement of the 60's will love it as well. I found this book to be a unique perspective on the Cuban revolution. Her artful writing on tales of her time in Cuba, working for a tyranical school director and two lovers in other countries all contribute to the color of the story. If you don't know anything about the Cuban revolution, this sto [...]

    8. I found this book fascinating from the perspective of a dancer describing her craft and a window into life in Castro's Cuba. What I didn't expect was to find some solace in the confusion, frustration, and uncertainty of the author as she lived through and processed the politics of the time. I read this primarily to learn more about Cuban history without the stuffiness of a history book (which Guillermoprieto certainly delivered) and was also given a sort of salve to help me through this difficul [...]

    9. I visited Cuba in February of this year, and this is one of the books I read on my return. It is essential reading. Alma G presents all the contradictions and craziness of Cuba but does it with intelligence and sympathy, and does not cast blame. She is a brilliant writer, Mexican by birth, and she wrote this book in Spanish in 2000, translated beautifully into English by Esther Allena. Alma is a MacArthur Genius award recipient. She did not have to write this book in Spanish, but by doing so, we [...]

    10. This brilliant memoir starts out in New York, where the author is studying at the Cunningham school and dancing in some of Twyla Tharp's early, experimental, place-based work, and her descriptions of the New York dance world are fantastic. She then moves to Cuba to teach at the new modern dance school there, and becomes interested in politics for the first time. A fascinating story of the development of a political conscience, and an intriguing portrait of a society many of us know little about. [...]

    11. I just finished this book. It was a wonderful memoir of dancein NYC in the 60s including Martha Grahm, Tyla Tharpe, Merce Cunningham. The author took a job teaching dance in Cuba in the late 60s and describes life there vividly. She goes on a bunch of tangents about history and politics but it's all pretty interesting.

    12. I really liked this book when it was published, and I've grown to like it more and more over time. I had the privilege of seeing one of the NYPL - Performing Arts Library's programs on dance nearly once a week one semester when I was in library school, and the day Ms. Guillermoprieto read from and spoke about this book was one of the best.

    13. Interestingly more "wordy" than I expected it to be considering the titlech more a personal acct of a dancers perspective of the revolution than about dance or dancing in Cuba in anyway.I enjoyed the first 75% (where I'm at now)but am quite possibly still expecting something I'm not gonna getworth the read though!

    14. Informative reading for anyone traveling to Cuba. Lots of details about the influence of Castro on other Latin American countries. It's also interesting to read about Guillermoprieto's mindsets concerning her teaching and revolutionary attitudes and about how she changed careers after leaving Cuba.

    15. It took me a little while to get intoDancing With Cuba , but it was well worth the wait. Alma Guillermoprieto has a singularly warm writing style, and the snapshot of life in Cuba at the start of the Communist revolution becomes more and more fascinating the more you read. Plus, I can't resist a well-written dance book, even if most of the book is not about dance!

    16. A thought provoking tale of an artists learned appreciation and interest in politics; expressing her take without pointing fingers, cause or blame towards any of the involved parties. Wonderfully written.

    17. Since I enjoy dance and learning about Cuba, this was a good book for me. It got a little heavy on the political and social aspects and less focused on dance as the book progressed, so I felt like I was wading through it at times instead of purely enjoying it.

    18. I was underwhelmed, possibly because I already knew much of the Cuban history that Guillermoprieto recounts here. I wanted more of her story, especially about her depression which comes to light a bit too suddenly.

    19. Alma Guillermoprieto gives us an intriguing memoir of a year teaching modern dance in the Cuban national school of dance in the early years of the Revolution. Her critical observations are offered from a posture of appreciation for the human undertaking of social revolution.

    20. I really wanted to like this book. But I found it a little plodding. Worse, it felt bizarrely self-indulgent to me. All the sanctimonious revolutionary fervor mixed with snark about others and self-loathing was difficult to slog through.

    21. The book is an interesting look at life in Cuba for a period in the 60's but was difficult to get through at times.

    22. Good read for anyone interested in Cuban history/revolution or those interested in Latin American topics.

    23. Historical fiction looking at Cuba from the eyes of an American ballet dancer who goes there to teach. An easy and enjoyable read.

    24. I prefer to read her articles. I think she used to dance with Merce Cunningham. I'm struggling to get into this book.

    25. Revolution, blah, blah, blah. Ms. Guillermoprieto is a wonderful writer, and her memoir is in an interesting location and time period, but enough with the guilt already!

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