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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad by Megan Taylor Morrison is a unique collection of essays opening a doorway into the wonderful world of dance. If you're the curious type and like to learn new things, you'll love this book about dance. I must admit I didn't know much about the art form, only that I appreciate it on a casual level. But this anthology shows the diversity, power, and beauty of it from many walks of life and many points of view. What is striking about these stories is that they're true and cover a wide spectrum of topics, from dance passed down through generations to a sense of togetherness it can bring, to how it shaped their character and gave them a purpose and a form of expression. Besides dancers themselves, you'll hear from those who teach it, and those who study and write about it on an academic level. The stories delve into dance from all over the globe, from Brazil to China. You'll soon realize just what dance means to each culture, and how it can bring cultures together. Whether a novice or insider, you will get a lot from these stories and the people in them.
Morrison has crafted a thorough anthology that both entertains and educates. You'll be impressed with how comprehensive the anthology is, whether it be stories on the roots of dance, the connections dance brings, new discoveries during dance-related adventures, and inner growth. The accompanying images are a nice touch. From the Koukou dance to the dance called Pangalay, you will be informed. Like other art forms, dance encourages expression, self-esteem, healing, and positivity. You'll find humor, inspiration, and great examples of humanity, but there are some tough subjects too, so nothing is sugar-coated. Dance is one of our oldest and most universal forms of expression. During our time of social strife, dance can play a big part in bridging the gap between groups of people and can highlight more similarities than differences. They say time heals all wounds. Well, maybe dance can too. For an enriching cultural and educational experience, put Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad by Megan Taylor Morrison at the top of your reading list.