“Your body is the canvas, your movement is the brush, your soul is the artist, your dance becomes an art” ~Farima Berenji

The Soul of Dance

Farima Berenji is an award winning internationally acclaimed dance artist, ethnologist, choreographer, instructor, and archaeologist specializing in ancient, sacred, classical, and folkloric dances spanning the millenniums of Persian civilization, the Silk Road, and the Near East. Ever seeking excellence, she brings her years of devoted training, performance experience, and collaboration skill with musicians and dance professionals worldwide to perform and present classes, workshops, lectures, retreats, and tours upon dance technique, choreography, and traditions.

Dare to step into the ancient! The Soul of Dance is the eternal pulse of life that captures, inspires, and enhances us. In movement and music it recreates itself to unite us with our ancestors, in hope and in longing for the divine. Herein you will find offerings, a sensual gallery of Silk Road dance and costume, and listings of honorable awards, press, and testimonials. Embrace, embody, and awaken your soul.

Recent Accomplishments

I am proud to be the first Iranian-American woman to have had her company perform during a U.S. presidential reception for President Barack Obama. I am honored to be invited and recognized as the first Iranian-American to perform both a solo and company performance for the National Folk Organization (NFO). Also, I am proud to be chosen as the first Iranian guest lecturer to present my research in Persian dance mythology at the prestigious University of Manchester, as well as University of London. I have been recognized for global dance education, performance, and Turkish culture by the Turkish Ambassador to Austria. I am Iranian Dance Ambassador and Soloist for the Iranian National Folklore Dance Company. In this role I have traveled to Europe for lectures, workshops, and performances. Finally, I have been approved as member of the International Dance Council (CID), the official world-wide organization for all forms of dance and official partner of UNESCO.


The stunning beauty of autumn cloaks the ground in a golden mantle and paints our landscape in warm colors as if to mock the approaching chill of winter. The seasonal change of nature’s color reminds me of our dwindling days this year. But with each day I am reminded still of the blessings of dance and appreciation of we sow.

Our Samhain evening last Sunday was itself a blessing with the many gifts of music and dance brought magically by each participant. We will continue similar gatherings of poetry, dance, and meditation in Dance of the Soul this November 19 in San Jose as well as succeeding months. All are welcome!

Please join me in my continuing Persian and Silk Road and Sacred Dance and Whirling classes in San Jose this month and expand your horizons in dance. Stay tuned for coming retreats and workshops worldwide. Where ever you are join me in dance.

The Simorgh Dance Collective official photographer, Varol Ozkaner, is in the Bay Area. If you have need for portrait and dance photography he has some special Autumn promotions here.