Iran culture minister defends dancing, banned for 20
TEHRAN, Aug 22 (AFP) - Iran's culture minister said dancing, banned
here since the 1979 Islamic revolution, was one of mankind's most elevated
arts and should not necessarily be taboo, the official IRNA news agency
"Folk dances are among the arts which elevate the thoughts of mankind
and should not be considered a taboo," moderate Culture Minister Ataollah
Mohajerani said Saturday.
Modern and traditional Iranian dancing were both extremely popular here
before being forbidden following the revolution.
Since then it has almost completely disappeared from Iran's social and
cultural life, except at private dance parties for young people.