Children Arrested for Teaching Zumba Classes in Iran

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Iranian officials have arrested six people for allegedly teaching Zumba classes in Iran.

The group, consisting of four boys and two girls, were recently charged with conducting dance classes and for not complying with the hijab dress code.

Zumba classes are banned in Iran because the the country’s authorities say the dance routine breaches Islamic ideology. Iranian women are not allowed to dance in front of men, other than their immediate family members, and they must wear a headscarf and appropriate clothing while in public places.

Iranian authorities also claim the group was promoting Western dance by teaching the Latin American fitness routine to other men and women.

This isn’t the first time Iranians have got into trouble for dancing.

In 2014, a group of young people, including three women, were arrested for dancing to Pharrell William’s song “Happy.”

They were given a suspended prison and lashing sentence.