Persia can be traced beyond the era of the Biblical Old Testament, and is today a historical plethora of well preserved traditions that have survived thousands of years. From the intricate rugs in elite households worldwide, to precious saffron providing fragrant spice to delicacies, the dances of Persian culture are a tapestry of unique and distinctive traditions.
Baba Karam بابا كرم
Baba Karam is a character dance that all Iranians [Persians] know and love. It is a dance performed by both males and females at parties, weddings, and celebrations. Full of comical bravado, the dance is characterized by movements such as hip swings, finger snapping, neck slides, head bobbles, masculine stances and distinctive posture. (Source)
Some of the dance movements are inspired by the historically tough street gang members of the Qajar era known as "Jahel." Jaheli is part of an Iranian sub-culture with origins in the 9th and 10th century, when Turkic and Mongol marauders were present in eastern Iran. During that era, informal constabularies were formed to protect each town or village. The men, called Jahel (meaning "ignorant" in Farsi), and women developed a subculture and dance with a mixture of street smarts and spirituality. Presently, Baba Karam often refers to contemporary Persian Hip-Hop dancing. (Source)
Global Dance Goddess offers Baba Karam dance that is both traditional, modern, and interactive with authentic music and costume(s). Per request, performances may be executed with the addition of live Toumbek drumming by a Master Percussionist. Inquire for more details.
Azerbaijani dances (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Rəqsləri) are traditional dances developed and performed by the Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iranian Azerbaijan. These dances are known for their quick tempo and the dancers' traditional clothing. (Source)
The musical tempo of Azerbaijani dances is 6/8 and 3/4. Azerbaijani folk dances have a very ancient history that is evidenced by the rock carvings depicted in Gobustan. The first dances were of a ritual character, and since the early Middle Ages various kinds of dances formed in the Azerbaijani area, which, thanks to cultural preservation by the Azerbaijani people, have survived to the present day. Dance styles each have a characteristic pattern, due to their rhythmic construction, and many dances, especially the oldest ones, are named after the most beloved animals or plants: “gazelle” – gazelle, “lale” – field poppy, “benevshe” – violet, “Innabi “is fruit of a fruit tree, etc. Almost all Azerbaijani dances are solo. (Source)
Global Dance Goddess offers Azeri Dance with authentic music, costumes, and dance performance that is both interactive and culturally expressive.
Check out this great video of Zaina & Toumbek Master Ramin as they represented Iran at the 4th Annual Chairman Jeff Turner International Ball, November 2020.
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