Persian Dance

The Persian dance originated before the advent of Islam in Iran and has taken great inspiration from the classical Indian dance. Persian dance focuses on movements that integrate the whole body and creates a flow with movable spine, graceful and beautiful arms and hands, as well as an earthy footwork. Hip movements are soft and the expression of dance is full of "Naz" (a kind of charming and elegant moves).

In this course we have a journey to Persia and learn the great wonders of this region through dance. This class will introduce the beautiful and elegant dances, culture, and rhythms of Persia in basic/improvers classical and Contemporary Persian as well as folklore dances such as Azeri, Gilaki and Bandari. Dancer uses the power of her dance to express these feelings with exquisite movements in expressive and colorful Persian costumes. Costuming generally consisted of loosely-fitted long dress with long sleeves.

Classical Persian dance is style of concert dance that evolved from courtroom dance. An important era influencing Persian dance was the Qajar dynasty which reigned from 1795 to 1925. In this period, that dance began to be called "classical Persian Dance". It can be tribal and regional, or it can be traced to urban court dance, which is a fluid yet rhythmic dance that emphasizes the use of hands and wrists.

Gilaki
From the southern Caspian region, this Iranian folk dance celebrates the bounty of nature; the movements depict the work of the women in the fields.
Azari
Azerbaijan's national dance shows the characteristics of the Azerbaijani nation. These dances differ from other dances in its quick tempo reflecting about the nation's quickness. The dances of male and female sharply differ from each other. The development of female dance is conditioned with costumer: long skirt defined the tender movement of feet, the dance is focused entirely on used technique of upper parts of arm and corpse (shoulder, head, mimics of face etc). The main feature of male dance is technique of feet.
Bandari
Bandari means "harbor". This Spirited Iranian folk dance from the Persian and Gulf reflects not only close ties with the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula, but also it is influence by African traditions of trance dance.
Persian Dance Improvisation
Traditional Persian Dance
More Persian Dance