“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.
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 wish to thank everyone behind the scenes of TEDx Calgary who made my presentation and dance performance last month a success! It is a great honor to be the first Iranian TED dance speaker and performer. It was an emotional and inspiring experience for all who witnessed it.
I’ll be returning soon to the lovely Alişler Yurdu in Turkey for my Soul of the Sema retreat, a three day immersive retreat for whirling and Sufi traditions of Ancient Persia. There I will be looking forward to welcoming my new friends. Later in the month I will be hosting the Dance of the Devine Nature upon Mt. Shasta, one of the seven sacred mountains of the world. Late registration is still open for both retreats.
Once monthly this summer I have a number of special continuing classes in Azeri traditional dance, sacred dance and whirling, and meditation. Look below for more details on each class. I’d like to meet you there.
My Lioness project consists of the history, dance, music, costuming, and theatrical dance shows of Iranian warrioresses, commanders, and goddesses. Please consider donating ANY amount you can to help fund our production and bring benefit to the community.