“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. 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.


This has 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 learning with so many of you worldwide. This most eventful year is quickly coming to a close—but not without some special news and performances you will all like.

I am happy to announce that I have been accepted as member of the International Dance Council (CID) UNESCO embodying international professional practitioners and researchers of dance. In this prestigious role I am entitled to and plan to nominate and certify my students to members as well.

In the coming year join me in any number of special workshops, retreats, and projects. Then in the Spring I return to Cumberland, BC and Anchorage, Alaska to present new workshops and concerts with the Simorgh Dance Collective.

This Spring make plans to attend Caravan of Seekers, an in-depth dance and healing journey to India. This retreat is also part of the ‘Dance of the Soul’ Certification Program, and is highly recommended to those who are currently attending an intensive Certificate Training Program with me.

The Simorgh Dance Collective official photographer, Varol Ozkaner, is in the Bay Area. If you have need for portrait and dance photography he has some special Autumn promotions here.