By the term “classical”, I herein
mean dance done by an individual or a group for others to watch, rather
than personally to participate. There is a separate, but sometimes
overlapping, connotation of the term that signifies an art that has a tradition
and is taught and maintained through the generations, whether by schools,
dance masters, or by any student-teacher relationship. The applicability
of this latter usage of the term “classical” to Persian dance is controversial.
There is a third connotation of the term “classical, which signifies works
of art created by known artists, and preserved via a notation or rendering
(for example, European or Ottoman “classical” music); this connotation
does not apply to Persian dancing.