In Iran one can find numerous traditional dances depending on the region you visit. The types of dances in Iran vary depending on the location, culture and language of the local people and vary from sophisticated court dances to energetic folk dances.  Given that Iran has many different ethnicities such as Kurds, Azerbaijanis, Turkmen and Armenian, they all have their own respective traditional dance style.

An example of this is the Bandari dance which is often referred to as “Persian belly dancing”. This originates from the southwestern, Bandar region of Iran and is very influenced by the African and Arabic music and dance. The distinct feature of this dance is the way performers wave their hands in a very unique manner.



Bandari (south)

Gilaki (Qasemabadi)

Chob bazi (Stick play)