“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.
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.
Diversity is an important and valued strength. United we must discover the common ground we share with all cultures in the beauty of music and dance and eradicate the xenophobia, racism, and hatred divides us. The passion of my soul in dance is ever stronger in the shared experience and collaboration of fellow artists and colleagues worldwide. May what we bring the globe in dance bring us close together and closer to God.
I bring my dance across North America this month visiting British Columbia and Alaska in workshops, lectures, and performances. This week in Cumberland I lead a Silk Road Dance Intensive then travel to Anchorage for workshops there. Please join the Simorgh-Farima Dance Company of Alaska and I for an early Norouz celebration this month in Anchorage with special guest artists. Look for details and more events below.
Finally, make the Journey of the Heart with me for sacred dance and healing workshops in India. Together with Asraf Ali and I, discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals on this tour. Tour sacred sites, learn sacred dances, and experience gypsy dances, folk music, and a Rajasthani cultural show under the desert stars.