Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Held Captive to Old Ways of Life in Newly Free Societies

An incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives

For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, with the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance.

Dancing Bears - Part 1

Dancing Bears - Part 2

Dancing Bears - Part 3

Dancing Bears - Part 4

Dancing Bears - Part 5

Dancing Bears - Part 6

Dancing Bears - Part 7