Persian Dance

Most Persian dancing is entirely performed to 6/8 time signatures (called "shish-o-hasht"). Most Persian dancing is highly individualistic and relies on solo improvisation in the performance. Typically in raghs dancing, the upper body motion is emphasized, along with hand motions, hip undulations and facial expressions being points of attention.

It is often compared to Arabic dance however Persian raghs are very distinct, due to its signature hand movements, and slow circular hip movements as opposed to the rapid hip movements used in Arabic dancing. Often, raghs will be performed at relatively informal gatherings, such as family meetings, where guests will sit in a circle and a couple will dance in the middle, sometimes accompanied by a tombak or other drum however raghs is also used more formally at various social events like weddings.