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The mission of Morocco & the Casbah Dance Experience is: To recover, preserve, honor and present the art of ethnic dance forms, true to their origins from the Near and Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. To maintain a school to teach and keep these dance traditions alive. To present the positive aspects of these cultures through their dance and music in order to bridge divides and create bonds between cultures.
Morocco & the Casbah Dance Experience, Inc. is an award-winning New York State 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Dancer, choreographer, director and researcher, Morocco, created Casbah Dance Experience (CDE) in 1978. For 25 years, CDE has been the leader in presenting, performing, and educating national and international audiences about the culture, music, and dance of the MidEast. For the past 40 years Morocco has recovered and presented these cultural dance treasures in order to preserve them from extinction. The importance of Morocco's work is the fact that she is one of the few who work diligently for the preservation and presentation of MidEastern dance forms that are quickly disappearing from the global artistic landscape. Many writings on these dances are biased with racism, colonialism, and fanatical religious evangelism. For the ignorant, the dances are most often seen as the lowest common denominator of dance; ugly and ungraceful because they have no resemblance to European tradition in ballet and other modern dance techniques. One of the purposes of CDE's work is to deconstruct these negative views of MidEastern dance and present the varied, beautiful, and fascinating authentic ethnic dance forms.
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