Persian dance

(classical, contemporary, kurdi, mazandarani, khorasani, shateri).

This is Ziba’s main area of expertise and the most diverse area of her repertoire. She wears Qajar-inspired costumes usually comprising a long full skirt, long-sleeved top and long belt. She is in demand as a versatile performer who can interpret classical and pop music with equal skill. The folk dances mentioned above are stylised to make them suitable for solo performance.
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Tajik dance

Tajik dance is almost unknown in the UK, although it is more familiar in the United States where the Central Asian dance scene is far more developed. It is characterized particularly by dynamic spins which constitute an important part of the vocabulary of movement. Costumes can vary from a long tunic and trousers to a long full skirt or voluminous dress.
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Azeri dance

(lyrical, lezgi)

A typical feature of the graceful dances from the Caucasus is tiny travelling steps which, when performed while wearing a floor-length crinoline, give the impression that the dancer is gliding on castors. Ziba has performed frequently with the Azeri percussionist Malik Tabrizli, and has appeared at the Azerbaijan Restaurant, London. As well as lyrical Azeri dance, Ziba also performs lezgi.
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Afghan dance

Afghan popular culture is rich, colourful and exciting, but there is still little awareness of it in the UK. The spectacular traditional costumes are lavishly decorated with embroidery and mirrors. The dance is characterized by spins, strong but graceful lines and a distinctive shoulder pulse. Ziba performs regularly with live music at Afghan weddings and is in demand as a traditional dancer.