«iftetelli is what one would call a palace dance. It does not originate from one particular region but is danced throughout Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

The music has a very specific count that can be found in a lot of Middle Eastern music. «iftetelli is danced in two manners. «iftetelli itself is lively, varying in tempo from slow to medium to fast. The Taksim part is usually made up of improvised solos. This section is played much more slowly and is more dramatic and intense. As such, the dancers are more graceful and sensual.