CWA ladies take up belly dancing in tribute to Morocco

MOROCCAN DAY: At the Ballina CWA’s Moroccan Day last week are (at right) Arden Peterson, guest speaker Ahlam Price and vice-president Lyn Davidson. Pictured above are Ballina CWA members performing a belly dance at the event.
MOROCCAN DAY: At the Ballina CWA’s Moroccan Day last week are (at right) Arden Peterson, guest speaker Ahlam Price and vice-president Lyn Davidson. Pictured above are Ballina CWA members performing a belly dance at the event. Graham Broadhead

IT WASN'T just the sounds and smells of of Morocco that filled the Ballina CWA hall last Wednesday, but the sights, too.

The ladies of the CWA were marking the annual International Day and Morocco is the country of study for this year.

Six of the women, dressed in home-made stylings of traditional Moroccan dress, performed a belly dance.

They were under the direction of Jeanette Mangleson-Henry, who had taught some of the ladies a belly dance 20 years ago for the International Day on Turkey.

And someone had remembered.

So she was once again asked to get the hips shaking for the Moroccan day.

Ahlam Price, from Bangalow, was the guest speaker and cooked Moroccan chicken with olives.

She told the gathering she came to Australia seven years ago to be with her Australian husband.

When asked about her country of birth she said children started school at the age of five or six where they learn Arabic and French, and other languages in high school.

The school day starts at 8am until noon, then recommences at 2pm and ends at 5pm.

From noon to 2pm, well, that's siesta.


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