An unexpected detour can change the course of our lives forever, and, for white American anthropologist Margaret Willson, a stopover in Brazil led to immersion in a kaleidoscopic world of street urchins, capoeiristas, drug dealers, and wise teachers. She and African Brazilian activist Rita Conceicao joined forces to break the cycles of poverty and violence around them by pledging local residents they would create a top-quality educational program for girls. From 1991 to the graduation of Bahia Street's first college-bound graduate in 2005, Willson and Conceicao 's adventure took them to the shantytowns of Brazil's Northeast, high-society London, and urban Seattle.
In a narrative brimming with honesty and grace, Dance Lest We All Fall Down unfolds the story of this remarkable alliance, showing how friendship, when combined with courage, insight, and passion, can transform dreams of a better world into reality.
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-John Collins , Anthropology, City University of New York
Acknowledgments Part One | Learning to Dance1. Seduction 2. The First Return 3. Agnaldo and Candomble 4. Letting Salvador Inside 5. Learning to Dance 6. A Dangerous Embrace 7. Marginals 8. Sex and Friendship 9. Rain 10. Burnt Knives 11. A Stranger Part Two | Treading Water12. Encountering Seattle 13. Ideas 14. Life Change 15. Letting the Outer Skin Be Social 16. Of Race and Remembrance 17. More Sides of Bahia 18. A View Into the Abyss 19. Power and Presence 20. Trust 21. Tall Poppy 22. A Shadowed Color of Shade Part Three | Laughter Lessons23. Leaves of Understanding 24. Love 25. Barriers of Glass 26. Storms 27. Sharing a Lifeboat 28. Heartbreak 29. Evolution 30. Resting on the Wings of a Butterfly Afterword