No hope


Oh! By the way Zorba,

One of the organisers of Majma who initially opposed the presence of men at the festival has now opend her new festival to men (Sirocco festival)
I was very surprised to see men there but it seems she had a good think and actually changed her mind.
Her turn around was a man who started going to some of her classes and was a student of Aliya Birch. It really made her think and now she says 'welcome!'. People really can change if they are open to it. :pray:

Holy Smoley!! That man is me!! Alas, Aliyah doesn't teach any more - boo hoo for all her old students. But, Wow, I made a difference? :dance:


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Dunno why I got this - I don't remember signing for updates, but I'm glad I did. Thanks.

HOWEVER (one of my fave warning words), I have continually stated from Day One the truth/ fact (NOT "opinion"!) that Raqs Sharqi is a FOLK & social dance *&* even though they don't always act like it, men are folks too - & get even more opportunities to get up & dance "Over There" than women!!!

The "women only"/ "harem sisterhood" (yeah, sure!) stances are well-meaning but myth-based. Pity.

You can read lots more about this in my book. It's out. Go to: Welcome to Morocco's Meanderings

Your truth-telling (& some call me "crass" for being truthful ... oh, well...) Aunt Rocky