“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.


We have started a Fractured Atlas campaign in order to raise the funds necessary for The Lioness’ project dance training, props and costumes, and venue rental for a performance in Fall 2018. Please help us accomplish this huge effort by donating ANY amount you can. Be generous as the more we raise the better our production and benefit to the community will be.

If you share our love of vision and its aesthetic beauty through dance, we ask your support to the ongoing work of the Simorgh Dance Collective. Make a donation to help defray our costs for research, costuming, travel, scholarship and public presentations. Take pride in supporting diverse cultural community events and have your name or company mentioned as a program donor. We are grateful for your support.

Recent Accomplishments

It is a great honor to be the first Iranian TED dance speaker and performer at TEDxYYC 2018. 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.


I did it! The Lioness was awakened and I could not have done it without the support, talent, kindness, and wisdom of some amazing ladies! My thanks to Usha Srinivasan and Sangam Arts for all your support and for staging my production within Femina, a dance concert celebrating the creativity and power of wornen worldwide in honor of International Women’s Day. The Lioness was a dance re-enactment exemplifying the legendary ancient women warriors and goddesses of ancient Persia with traditional Persian music performed live by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble. Thank you to all the amazing musicians and dancers of the Simorgh Dance Collective who came as far as out of state to support us!

A big thank you to the large audiences that attended my Norouz performances with the Simorgh Dance Collective from San Jose to Houston this last month.

At noon April 5th I am excited to announce the Simorgh Dance Collective will perform traditional and folkloric dances of the Silk Road within San Francisco City Hall in partnership with Sangam Arts, Dancer’s Group, World Arts West, Grants for the Arts, and San Francisco City Hall. Be sure to come watch this free performance!

Consider greeting new beginnings, new experiences, new challenges, and new friends in the realm of dance, culture, and spirituality this year. Join me for an exciting Cultural and Mystical Tour of Iran in May and the Warriors of Light retreat in Turkey and Greece the following month. Hurry as early registration for these international tours ends soon. Space is limited.

In addition to my continuing classes in Persian and sacred dance, I am collaborating with master instructors of the Iveria Georgian Dance Group and other guest instructors to start an international dance class in Azeri, Georgian, Balkan, and other traditional forms of the Silk Road on Sundays weekly in April. Children’s dance classes will start in April as well. Look for more details on classes and workshops below.