“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. 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.

News

Beautiful is not the word to describe the Huma, Wings of Light sacred dance performance by my Simorgh Dance Collective in Cumberland, British Columbia last July 22–magical is. All my company members demonstrated a remarkable talent I’ve only dreamed of, their personal best! Furthermore, during the July Haft Sema retreat in Cumberland, BC I was gratified to witness them foster an environment to study together. Then, less than a week later, I became deeply humbled and honored to perform sacred dance with the very professional Regard Persian ensemble and Rumi Canada dancers at the 6th annual Tirgan Iranian Culture Festival in Toronto. July was an amazing month.

This month I am touring France and Spain with the Leymer Folklore Group presenting folkloric dances of Iran. Look for a link below for a program and upcoming details.

The Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-din Attar comes to life on stage in dance as the Journey of the Simorgh this September in San Jose. The production combines sacred, classical, contemporary, and folkloric Persian dances in full costume by the Simorgh Dance Company of San Jose (Farima Dance Company) with live music by Jayson Fann. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are available online for $25. If you wish to help sponsor or participate in bringing this Persian classic to dance on stage then please contact us.

Where ever you are in this world join me in celebrating dance this summer as a means to bring peace and love among us.