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At age 14, Susan Salguero witnessed Carmen Amaya’s flamenco fury. The experience inspired her to study Spanish cultural history at Cal-Berkeley, where she brought supplies to her activist friends and wondered why she lacked their conviction.
Upon graduation, she embarked for Europe and discovered that her quest was a defiant as theirs. But she protested through Flamenco, the audacious art of Spanish Gypsies. Years later, she returned to California to finish out her dancing career at the El Cid on Sunset Boulevard, the Matador on West Pico, the Santa Barbara Lobero Theatre, and to teach Flamenco for UCLA Extension.
After a life-altering three-year stay in an ashram in India, she became a bereavement counselor and writer. Her subjects are her experiences and insights, which she has published in local newspapers as editorials and as an ongoing column of over fifty articles on counseling issues.
Jacquelyn Raye Davis
on Sep. 12, 2011 :
Susan Salguero writes with wry humor and intelligence about the time she spent living, learning, and dancing Flamenco with an extended family of Gypsies in Spain. It was an easy, interesting read that I would recommend for those with curiosity about the very passionate, soulful, tumultuous, and often difficult gypsy life as seen from the eyes of the one they called Gachi.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)