“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

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.


A big thank you to the citizens of Calgary, Alberta for supporting and participating in my recent January lectures, workshops, and performances. I plan to return soon!

Last week in San Francisco we witnessed a beautiful, intimate gathering of souls who participated in a whirling and meditation workshop with sound healer Gregory Gold and I. We hope to welcome participants for another workshop together in the near future.

The wait to join the Caravan of Seekers is over! Our travels begin this week for this lovely retreat in mystical India. With my friend and meditation guide Ashraf Ali by my side we will open our heart to discovery, sacred dance, and spiritual ecstasy with many new friends.

Time is running out to join me in my next dance workshop and retreat in the Republic of Georgia. Learn from up to five guest instructors of Georgian dance, music, and culture and have an opportunity to perform with the Georgian National Dance Company. Look for details below and register by February 2.

Finally, at home this month in the Bay Area join me as we perform at the Santa Clara Travel and Adventure Show and as well for dance, chocolate, and fun in a special Valentine’s Day themed Persian and Silk Road class Thursday February 15.