Finding Rhythm: An International Dance Journey

Apollo. Mar. 2021. 392p. ISBN 9781948062725. $24.99. TRAV
At 29, Salmon (In School, in Society) left her job at the UN in Thailand to travel and learn to dance. The book recollects her journey, beginning in Bangkok, then going on to New York, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. In each place, she studied and learned to dance. In Mexico, for instance, she learned the national dance—jarabe tapatio—a hat dance that mimics courting doves. In addition to in-depth descriptions of the grueling work to master each dance, she also recalls the unique flavor of each locale: the food, drink, and people. Early on, she was given wise advice: don’t worry about technique; do what feels natural and comfortable. These words sustained her when things became difficult. By the time she returned to England, at 31, she was nearly penniless but rich emotionally, since, as she concludes, “I have found my rhythm.”
VERDICT A welcome travel memoir documenting one woman’s journey of discovery and reinvention
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing