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Margaret Willson: 'Dance Lest We All Fall Down'

Jeremy Richards
11/20/2010

Margaret Willson is an anthropologist based in Seattle. Back in the early 90s, while working on her post–doctorate research, she went to Amsterdam for a while. There she made friends with a few Brazilians she had met at a dance club, and they invited her to come visit them in Brazil. Soon Margaret found herself staying in a shantytown in Salvador da Bahia, and she was so enchanted by the people and culture that she stayed and studied in Brazil for five years. But she also witnessed terrible poverty, violence and inequality, and she sometimes felt out of place. Margaret Willson tells KUOW's Jeremy Richards how she faced her doubts, found a way to contribute and discovered that dancing was not just entertainment — it was essential to survival.

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