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Iran culture minister defends dancing, banned for 20 years

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 said Sunday.

"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.


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