Arabic Oriental Dance
Morocco (C. Varga Dinicu) is considered the leading performer & authority in her field internationally, evidenced by frequent invitations to teach master seminars everywhere - even in Morocco, Egypt & Turkey.
She's been awarded several grants by State & City Arts organizations, usually first in her field to be so honored. & was one of the first inducted into the AAMED Mideastern Dance Hall of Fame, named 1997 Instructor of the Year by IAMED, voted Best Dancer & Best Instructor + Casbah Dance Experience was named
Best Troupe 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 2005 MECDA voted her their Humanitarian Award for her "body of work" & in 2006 the Isis Foundation gave her a Lifetime Achievment Award.Her research video series was given the Giza Award in 2000, an interview with her was commissioned by the Dance Division of the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts in NYC for its Oral History Archives & she was nominated for Dance Heritage Coalition's list of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures".
Morocco originated & led many highly successful dance/culture tours to Morocco, Egypt and Turkey. She's taught at SUNY-Purchase and Amas Repertory Theater and continues to teach at her own Academy of Mideastern Dance in NYC. Morocco opened the door for Mideastern Oriental dance in museums, schools, at Lincoln Center, SUNY-Purchase and as a valid, valuable concert form. Research has taken her just about everywhere in the Middle East, North Africa & the Turkic areas. She continues to perform, teach, research, write and lecture and hopes to keep on "till 6 weeks after I'm dead"...