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    Argentine tango party in San Francisco. All photos by Marcy Mendelson.

Salsa Night

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    Salsa Night at Little Baobab. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

The Rehearsal

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    Diamano Coura West African Dance Company rehearses in Oakland, California for the 2006 performance. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

The Rehearsal II

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    Dress rehearsal for the Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in Oakland, California. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

Carnaval Costumes

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    Costume Designer Jair Oliveira at work in his studio. Photos by Marcy Mendelson

La Feria Andalucia

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    Barcelona, Spain... Couples dance Sevillanas at La Feria. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson.

Romani Dance

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    Romani women dance Flamenco Puro in the streets of Italy. Photographs/ Copyright, Rana Halprin


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    Maisa Duke and her Energia do Samba dance troupe kick it up at a San Francisco nightclub. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson

Sambistas Part II

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    Maisa, Vanessa, Ingrid and Serena of Energia do Samba dance in San Francisco at Mangarosa Restaurant. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson

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Elizabeth Kerry

Sounds good so far... but I'll have to think more on the content. Still have to read Part II.

Just a grammatical question.. "It may not be all of one piece, but it springs from the same set of positive emotions and stands in stark contract to how may Westerners see the people of the Middle East."

Think that was supposed to be... "stark contrast"

Call me :)


My dear, talented friend Asim wrote about me somewhat incorrectly in his article "Raqs Spora", part I. Love him, but I'd like to set the record straight specifically:

"Many, like the dancer named Morocco, learned and live here in America, going there for further study"

NOT quite correct:
I first learned from and within the Mideastern DIASPORA COMMUNITIES here - VERY different from "learned in America" (there were NO schools/ courses in Raks Sharki/ Oryantal Tansi/Oriental dance then!) & started going "over there" to RESEARCH/ see the truth for myself in 1963 - also very different from the way his description makes it seem.

In fact, I am frequently brought TO Egypt by Egyptians to TEACH there because of my expertise & was the subject of a full-page feature article in Al Ahram (, which, as you know, is the world's most prestigious, largest circulation Arabic language newspaper, published in Cairo.

I have a short bio, every word of which I can back up & some academic papers & articles I'd love to see published in Roots, so they could also reach your fab constituency:


FYI: I was nominated as one of America's 100 Dance Treasures, my Oral History was commissioned a few years ago by the Dance Department of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts (the interview was done by Dr. Barbara Sellers-Young, who had done a paper on me for the Congresson Research in Dance). I have given several papers based on my bin-person &b on-site research and experiences internationally, in addition to being the recipient of several Lifetime Achievment awards in my field ( & several times have been voted best/ favorite seminar teacher. (THANK YOU OUT THERE!)

One of the papers is: "Dance as Community Identity in Selectged Berber Nations of Morocco":

Another & an accurate description of the Oriental dance/Raks Sharki scene from 1960 is in:
"In Loving Remembrance - the Best School There Ever Was":

As a bit of backup, the small percentage of the myriad rave reviews I have gotten as a performer, seminar teacher, dance tour organizer/leader & director/ choreographer for my dance company are at: . There are plenty of more recent ones waiting to be html-ed & posted.

You might want to check a few of my many, many published articles at:

Recently, I was choreographer for multiple award-winning Moroccan director, Nabil Ayouch's new, forthcoming major Pathe Films motion picture.

Kisses to Asim,


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