Dancing Through History by Lori Henry
In Search of the Stories that Define Canada

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Some people travel to discover a country’s cuisine, others for the wildlife. Lori Henry travels to learn about a culture through its traditional dances.

In Canada, hundreds of ethnicities have made the country their home and Lori crosses the vast terrain to learn how some of their traditions and lifestyles have evolved through dance.

She learned about circus dancing with the Cirque du Soleil, Inuit drum dancing and throat singing in Nunavut, step dancing in Gaelic Cape Breton, Highland dancing in New Brunswick, pow wow and hoop dancing in Wikwemikong and Winnipeg, the Métis Red River Jig in Saskatchewan, Ukrainian dancing in Saskatoon and Jasper, ceremonial dances in Haida Gwaii, and witnessed one family’s history through dance from the Gitxsan nation.

The rhythm of the country is mirrored in the way it dances and Canada’s steps parallel the first people and those who immigrated here for a better life.

These stories are about much more than dance itself.
 

About Lori Henry

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Lori Henry began Polynesian dancing when she was two years old. Although she also played ringette for many years, she ended up choosing to pursue dancing and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary styles. After high school, she attended Gastown Actors Studio in Vancouver to study theatre acting, and spent many years as a film actor. After travelling solo to Paris, Lori caught the travel bug and began building on her growing number of writing assignments to embark on a career as a travel writer. Her work has been published in Readers Digest Canada, WestJet's up! magazine, Western Living, British Columbia magazine, Spa, FLARE, VIA destinations, West, VIA magazine (an AAA publication), USAToday.com, Gateways (Carnival Cruise Lines), among many others. She has also contributed to Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, Explorer Publishing's Vancouver Explorer and Sasquatch Books' Best Places Northwest guidebooks. Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories that Define Canada is the first book in a series about indigenous dance and cultures around the world.
 
Published March 16, 2012 by Dancing Traveller Media. 208 pages
Genres: Travel, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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