This book is your passport to the mesmerizing, multicolored and memorable world of dance. Join the author on her journeys through the art of dance, including classical ballet, contemporary/modern, kathak, flamenco, and many other unique styles. With stops in Bali, Spain and Cuba, and additional performances/choreographers from China, Israel and Germany, each chapter forms a vivid account of the author's firsthand experiences; spanning performances and travels from 1983 to 2017. Combining memoir, travel writing and performance review, McDermott creates a lavish sampler of international dance. If you love dance, travel, cultural studies, music or visual arts, you will enjoy this narrative, written by a a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer with over thirty years in the field. Available on Amazon.
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Growing up in a family of six girls was by turns harrowing, hilarious and character-building, but never boring. Looking back on her childhood with a mixture of humor and incredulity, the author's tale takes the reader on a nostalgic dance down memory lane as seen through the prism of the COVID pandemic. Touching on themes of immigration, (her mother was a child of Hungarian immigrants) assimilation and memory, it invites the reader to contemplate their own ancestry and lineage and how our pasts shape our present and future.
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