“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.
Stay tuned for news of the Lioness and Huma Projects… A collaborative work of Farima Berenji, the worldwide Simorgh Dance Collective, international performing artists, poets, singers, and musicians… Coming up in 2017!
As the year comes to a close and the chill of winter comes, the light that shines less still shines most brilliant. It’s been an amazing year of dance for the Simorgh Dance Collective and I, one I am very thankful for. I’ve enjoyed meeting, participating, and teaching with so many of you worldwide.
The recent Song of the Soul concert was sell-out success with sacred music by Gabriel Gold and Caravan el Noor and dances by the Farima Dance Company! Overjoyed, the Santa Cruz audience rejoiced in dance to live music at the conclusion.
This most memorable and eventful year is quickly coming to an end—but not without some special news and performances you will all like. This month, there are sessions starting this week for new dances and choreographies. For the first time I will be holding workshops in Colorado, and in London, UK for the prestigious international Persian Art Conference. This includes a special Sacred Circle healing gathering and Sacred Dance class I introduce in San Jose. My Dance of the Soul gathering in San Jose this month is a celebration with sacred music and dance. Look for details among my offerings below. I hope to see many of you in my classes soon.