Morocco was awarded two grants by the State Council on the Arts for her choreography in 1972 and 1981 – first in her field to be so honored and the only two-time recipient – 3 NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Community Service Grants, 3 Summer Program Grants, a Materials for the Arts Grant and an Arts Exposure Grant. She was one of the first inducted into the AAMED Mideastern Dance Hall of Fame as “World Class” for “International proliferation of her art, her myriad of talent and for her untiring pioneering in this, her chosen field of ethnic dance”, was named 1997 Instructor of the Year by IAMED, was voted Best Dancer & Best Instructor + Casbah Dance Experience was named Best Troupe of the Year 2 years in a row by Mideastern Dancer magazine. Morocco was also voted Ethnic Dancer of the Year in ’97, Instructor of the Year in ’98 & given the Lifetime Achievement award in 2002 by Zaghareet Magazine. In 2000, the med-dance chatlist voted her their favorite dancer, in 2005 MECDA voted her their Humanitarian Award for her “body of work” over a lifetime in furthering and enriching Near and Mid-Eastern music and dance & in 2006 the Isis Foundation gave her a Lifetime Achievment Award in Ethnic Dance from the Near and Middle East.
In March 2013, Morocco was awarded a “Nana” at the Orient Festival in Hanover, Germany for her 53 years of research, instruction, performance and devotion to these dances. Sabuha Shahnaz, translator of Morocco’s book into German & a friend of over 25 years, gave the accolade & the Festival was organized by Asmahan el Zein. Morocco was also honored at Sabuha’s 30th Anniversary Gala in Augsburg, Germany & Husa Zahir gave a concert in tribute to Morocco’s life in Oriental Dance, in Maribor, Slovenia
Her research video series (#s1-6) was given the Giza Award in 2000, an interview with her, describing her philosphy & some of her life’s experiences, was commissioned by the Dance Division of the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts in NYC for its Oral History Archives for future researchers & she was nominated for the Dance Heritage Coalition’s list of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures”.
In July, 1999, Morocco was invited to Cairo, Egypt to present her paper (as a keynote speaker) on “Dance as Community Identity in Selected Berber Nations of Morocco” & to give 3 dance workshops, one in Raks Sharki (Oriental Dance) & the other 2 in Moroccan Guedra & Schikhatt, at the international conference of the UNESCO organization ICHPER-SD (International Council on Health, Physical Ed., Recreation – Sport & Dance). In May, 2001, she was also honored for her more than 41 years’ work in this field at the 2nd International Conference on Mideastern Dance at Orange County Community College in California. She presented a paper (“Preserving Cultural Traditions: Difficulties Inherent in Adapting Guedra for Stage”) at the International Federation of Theater Research’s Congress, held at the University of Amsterdam (Holland) in July, 2002, lectured twice again in Cairo on apects of Oriental dance in 2000 & 2002, at Raqia Hassan’s Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival & is now one of the regular teachers. at both the summer & winter festivals.
Morocco was the main choreographer & cultural consultant for multiple award-winning Moroccan director, Nabil Ayouch’s latest film “Whatever Lola Wants”, filmed in Casablanca, Rabat, Cairo & NYC.