5.0 out of 5 stars.
For anyone with an interest in Raqs Sharqi–Middle Eastern Dance: performers, choreographers, cultural historians, and spectators of any stripe–this is the book for you. Legendary dancer Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu) shares her life in this very physical art form with us in question-answer format, managing in the process to present virtually all aspects of its history and practice. We have here a unique blend of scholarship, complete with photographs, glossary, bibliography, and index, intermixed with illuminating tales of Morocco’s own half-century of personal involvement in dance, spiced considerably with her ruminations on intercultural relations, gender psychology and politics, international business, and national identities. It’s a life-long labor of love, eagerly anticipated by many, and it doesn’t disappoint.