I would like to say to the people who study modern belly dance that doesn’t forget the contributions from different areas like Iran or its old name Persia to belly dancing. The femininity of Persian dance is beyond the dance itself. Dance from Persia is rooted in one very small country in the world. However, Persia had a wide cultural exchange with the ancient world, especially with Egypt and Greece.
There is a distinctive style of Persian dance, including lovely, expressive hands, eyes, and face. The hips movements are small as are the movements of the upper torso. The steps are light and may include intricate patterns.
Art, song, and dance were influenced by Persian aesthetics in what are now the modern countries of Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The richness of Persian dance needs to be seen, enjoyed, and shared with the world so that its artistry can be truly appreciated.
The classical style of Persian dance draws inspiration from Persian poetry and artwork. “Barge-Behest” is performed in beautiful blue dresses that represent the dome of the sky and the heavens. Other costumes commonly worn are representative of paintings depicting Persian royalty. There is a distinctive style of Persian dance—lovely, expressive hand movements that call attention to the eyes and face. Hip movements and upper torso movements are equally lovely. The richness of Persian dance needs to be seen, enjoyed, and shared with the world so that its artistry can be truly appreciated. Persian costumes include dresses embroidered with elaborate gold designs and beaded with pearls. Pants are worn underneath the dress.