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Dancing With Cuba By Alma Guillermoprieto Esther Allen 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: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dancing With Cuba By Alma Guillermoprieto Esther Allen 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. Alma Guillermoprieto Esther Allen

      Guillermoprieto was born and grew up in Mexico City In her teens, she moved to New York City with her mother where she studied modern dance for several years From 1962 until 1973, she was a professional dancer.Her first book, Samba 1990 , was an account of a season studying at a samba school in Rio de Janeiro.In the mid 1970s, she started her career as a journalist for The Guardian, moving later to the Washington Post In January, 1982, Guillermoprieto, then based in Mexico City, was one of two journalists the other was Raymond Bonner of The New York Times who broke the story of the El Mozote massacre in which some 900 villagers at El Mozote, El Salvador, were slaughtered by the Salvadoran army in December, 1981 With great hardship and at great personal risk, she was smuggled by FMLN rebels to visit the site approximately a month after the massacre took place When the story broke simultaneously in the Post and Times on January 27, 1982, it was dismissed as propaganda by the Reagan administration Subsequently, however, the details of the massacre as first reported by Guillermoprieto and Bonner were verified, with widespread repercussions.During much of the subsequent decade, Guillermoprieto was a South America bureau chief for Newsweek.Guillermoprieto won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1985 to research and write about changes in rural life under the policies of the European Economic Community.During the 1990s, she came into her own as a freelance writer, producing long, extensively researched articles on Latin American culture and politics for The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books, including outstanding pieces on the Colombian civil war, the Shining Path during the Internal conflict in Peru, the aftermath of the Dirty War in Argentina, and post Sandinista Nicaragua These were bundled in the book The Heart That Bleeds 1994 , now considered a classic portrait of the politics and culture of Latin America during the lost decade it was published in Spanish as Al pie de un volc n te escribo Cr nicas latinoamericanas in 1995.In April 1995, at the request of Gabriel Garc a M rquez, Guillermoprieto taught the inaugural workshop at the Fundaci n para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, an institute for promoting journalism that was established by Garc a M rquez in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia She has since held seven workshops for young journalists throughout the continent.That same year, Guillermoprieto also received a MacArthur Fellowship.A second anthology of articles, Looking for History , was published in 2001, which won a George Polk Award She also published a collection of articles in Spanish on the Mexican crisis, El a o en que no fuimos felices.In 2004, Guillermoprieto published a memoir, Dancing with Cuba , which revolved on the year she spent living in Cuba in her early twenties An excerpt of it was published in 2003 in The New Yorker In the fall of 2008, she joined the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, as a Tinker Visiting Professor.

    717 thoughts on “Dancing With Cuba”

    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 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 affairs, her lov [...]

    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 internal u [...]

    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 the [...]

    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 she w [...]

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

    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 story w [...]

    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 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 difficult politi [...]

    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 got [...]

    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 and 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 wordy than I expected it to be considering the titlech 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 and fascinating the 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 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. Historical fiction looking at Cuba from the eyes of an American ballet dancer who goes there to teach An easy and enjoyable read.

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

    24. 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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