“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.


The joy of Spring is in full bloom! I am immensely grateful to the sacred circle of dancers and musicians who gathered on Earth Day with me last April to pray for healing and bless our Earth. In time may we all join together to help heal her.

This month my friend Nancy Rose Aktas and I begin a summer intensive in Azeri dance. In once monthly workshops we will progressively cover Azeri technique, form, and choreography including classical stage technique, gliding walks, and social dance. Come join us for our first class Sunday, May 6 in San Jose. Students have an opportunity to perform in a future show. Look for details below.

Sema is listening. Join me as we gather on May 20 at San Francisco’s Globe Institute of Sound Healing to listen to our hearts, meditate, whirl, and discover the power of this ancient dance ritual. Accompanied by special guest artist Jef Stott performing on oud, be moved by beautiful, sacred music performed live. In the South Bay, join me thereafter for an hour of “Hu” Meditation and Whirling. Look for locations and times in the calendar below.

This June 22 I am very proud to be a featured TEDx talk conference lecturer in Calgary. Read below for more information on this amazing conference and to buy tickets.

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.