This splendid book captures salsa dancing as both a global phenomenon, carried throughout the world by migrants and media technologies, and as a local practice, rooted deeply in the distinct cultures of different cities. Pietrobruno deftly combines rich ethnographic observation with a well-researched account of salsa's origins, development and ongoing transformations. The book moves towards a compelling engagement with dance's place in a world of digital communications and within what Pietrobruno calls virtual migrations. This is a genuinely interdisciplinary book, one which will interest scholars of dance, diasporic cultural practice, media and popular music...
-- William Straw, professor of communication studies, McGill University
Sheenagh Pietrobruno's, Salsa and its Transnational Moves, explores the role of salsa within the creation of a pan-Latino culture in Montreal and through this detailed and localized ethno-history explores the impact of globalization and commercialization in the process of cultural creation and dissemination. Despite her extensive theoretical discussion, Pietrobruno's primary contribution is her interviews with dance teachers and her participation in their classes.
--Aldo Garcia Guevara (Worcester State University), The Journal of Popular Culture
This book will interest scholars of dance, and those who have a deep interest in the way dance has
played a significant role in cultural development around the world.
--Bryan Allen (British Dance Council), Dance Today