“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. 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.


My heartfelt gratitude to the Dorna Organization of Manchester, the French Institute of Istanbul and EU delegates, the Istanbul Shaman Dance Theater for supporting my performances, workshops, and lectures last month in the UK and Turkey. I look forward to collaborating with you again in the near future. I am also deeply grateful to the participants I welcomed at all these events.

No thank you would be complete if it did not include the nine dancers who came last week to participate in our second annual offering of Persian and Silk Road dance for Bay Area Dance Week 2017. Participants not only enjoyed learning Silk Road traditional dances and movements but won some special door prizes as well!

A new series of Bay Area dance classes opens this month. Tuesdays in Monterey, renowned musician and artist Jayson Fann and I collaborate to present Sacred Dance and Shamanic Rituals. My Monday Sacred Dance and Whirling class and Thursday’s Dances of Persia and the Silk Road continue technique and choreography. Look below or inquire for more details. I also offer private dance lessons online or in person. Where ever you are come join me in dance!

Come with me to explore Uzbekistan in June and learn ethnic music and dance 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.