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Faber presents Emma Warren’s Dance Your Way Home

By Faber Editor, 30 November 2022

Why do we dance? What does dancing tell us about ourselves, individually and collectively? And what can it do for us?

Whether it be at home, ’80s club nights, Irish dancehalls or reggae dances, jungle raves or volunteer-run spaces and youth centres, Emma Warren has sought the answers to these questions her entire life.

Dancing doesn’t just refract the music and culture within which it evolves; it also generates new music and culture in and of itself. When we speak only of the music, we lose part of the story – the part that finds us dancing as children on the toes of adults; the part that triggers egalitarian communication across borders and languages; the part that speaks to ordinary dancing, hesitant dancers, and the joy of moving to music.

At the intersection of cultural history and memoir, Dance Your Way Home is an intimate foray onto the dancefloor – wherever and whenever it may be – that speaks to the heart of what it is that makes us move.

Faber presents a landmark social history of the dancefloor that gets to the heart of what it is that makes us move.

Dance is unstoppable expression. Each gesture, flex, slide or shape we make in response to music contains communication and history. We absorb or reject each other’s movement in order to signify that we’re part of a community, or to indicate that we’re not. It shapes us, as we make shapes. Movement is bound to music, not separate from it.

Emma Warren Author

Emma Warren has been documenting grassroots music culture for decades. She is the author of Make Some Space: Tuning into Total Refreshment Centre, which was listed as one of the top ten books of 2019 by Mojo and was re-released by Chicago record label International Anthem. Her pamphlet Steam Down: Or How Things Begin was published by Rough Trade Books and was listed as an Irish Times read of the year. She published Document Your Culture in Spring 2020. Emma was a founding contributor to Jockey Slut magazine, worked on staff at The Face and worked as the editorial mentor at youth-run Brixton publication Live Magazine. Her monthly radio show on Worldwide FM ran for six years.

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A landmark social history of the dancefloor that gets to the heart of what it is that makes us move.