5.0 out of 5 stars
Over 50 years of experience & research has been poured into this comprehensive reference text for Middle Eastern Dancers. “You Asked Aunty Rocky: Answers & Advice About Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi” by Morocco (C. Varga Dinicu) tells it how it is! Breaking down the customs, rhythms & dance by country & region with sensitivity & dignity the history and dances of the Middle east so richly deserve. This is a wonderful book! Fresh, truthful, straight from the hip (or should I say hip belt). It is not a book to just casually read and forget about, it is a book you’ll return to over and over again finding new insights, answers to questions that seems hopelessly mired in myth & hearsay.
The book is grounded in fact & Morocco’s years of research and personal experience. The author cuts through the racism, sexism & myth that has surrounded our very special dance for 200 or so years. This is a book that is worth pride of place on any dancers bookshelf, it is a must read for every dancer from the dancer who just wants to dance, to the dancer who seeks a scholarly knowledge of the dance.