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Location: Tajikistan

The Tajiks are a Persian people related to Afghans and Iranians. The women’s dances can be lively, playful, energetic, and filled with Naz (a subtle coyness inherent in many of the women’s dances from Central Asia). They also often contain incredible spins. Tajik dances often very closely resemble the dances of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, as many Bukharans are actually ethnic Tajiks. Tajik dancers often wear wrist bells. The traditional dresses of the women of Tajikistan are heavily embroidered with bright, bold colors and many important symbols for health, fertility, and happiness.