Featured Writings

Getting Down to Floorwork

First published in Habibi – 1970s  By Morocco (C.V.Dinicu) In addition to her ongoing teaching and performing activities, Morocco has been doing week-long seminars, commuting to Europe twice a year to do seminars and concerts, leading tours to Egypt, Turkey and Morocco, and making research trips. Long-time contributor Morocco revives the debate on the historical authenticity and appropriateness of the use of floorwork in the dance. A while ago in Habibi there was a letter from a man who said... Read More

If Prices Are Up All Over, Why Are Oriental Dancers Getting Less?

Fantasia, Vol 5 #5, Sept/Oct 1982 By Morocco When I started in this business, just after Noah landed his ark, milk was 18 cents a quart, yogurt 16 cents a pint (flavored), tuna in water 31 cents a... Read More

Dance As Community Identity in Selected Berber Nations of Morocco

FROM the ETHEREAL and SUBLIME to the EROTIC and SEXUAL (For the Congress on Research in Dance & the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference/ Lincoln Center, New York City, June 1993) I. GUEDRA: Spreading Soul’s Love &... Read More


The Definitive Guide-More Entertaining Than Many Performances

The definitive guide – and a book more entertaining than many performances!, May 2, 2012 By Shantimar (Athens, Greece) This review is for: You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About Raqs Sharqi and Raqs Shaabi (Perfect Paperback)... Read More

Technique Frees Dancer’s Soul

The great classical /ethnic dancer and dance scholar, La Meri, has commented: “The only reason for mastering technique is to make sure the body does not prevent the soul from expressing itself.” A wonderful technique is so misvalued,... Read More

A Weekend with Morocco “Aunt Rocky” in Salina, Kansas!

It was by chance that I stumbled upon a Facebook event for Morocco’s workshop in Salina, KS. Honestly, I knew little of this incredible woman who calls herself “Aunt Rocky,” and had no idea what to expect. Morocco... Read More