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

Dare to step into the ancient!

Experience the ancient and sacred dances of Persia, the Silk Road, and the Near East. Learn to communicate through sacred, classical, and folkloric dances which are culturally significant today, as in ancient times. Farima evokes the inner Divine with dance instruction rich with historical and anthropological reference to feed 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. Finally, I have recently been chosen as Iranian Dance Ambassador and Soloist for the Iranian National Folklore Dance Company. In this role I will be traveling to Europe for lectures, workshops and performances.

News

Help join us celebrate Norouz, Persian New Year, in a cultural dance and music studio gathering including potluck, live music, and auction March 12. We need your support for the Bay Area Simorgh Dance Collective and this fund raiser will help produce future performances of Persia, the Silk Road, and the Near East.

Several students have asked me if I could begin regular classes of sacred dance and whirling in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. These classes could begin as soon as May if I have enough students willing to join me at each location. Please let me know if you are interested and reach out to your friends to let them know of this opportunity.

Finally, explore Uzbekistan with me this June and learn ethnic dance and music in an wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from local Uzbek artists. Our visits will include the historic cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Tashkent, prominent stops of the historic Silk Road trade route from East to West. Look for more details how to join me on a Journey through Uzbekistan.