“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 woman to direct a Persian dance company to perform during a U.S. presidential reception. This 2015 performance took place in Seward, Alaska for President Barak Obama. I am honored to have been invited and to be recognized as the first Iranian to perform for the National Folk Organization (NFO). Also, I am proud to be chosen as a the first Iranian guest lecturer to present my research in Persian dance mythology at the prestigious University of Manchester. Finally, I have recently been recognized for global dance education, performance, and Turkish culture by the Turkish ambassador to Austria.
As summer closes I reflect upon such bountiful, thankful memories of a time with friends and friends made, for both the Awakening Retreat and the Atmosphere Gathering Festival in British Columbia. I will always remember this as a warm, wonderful time with many amazing and generous people.
I am excited to be back in Istanbul to begin classes, workshops, and Simorgh Dance Collective rehearsals once more on Sept. 8 and begin preparing for a dance concert at the end of October. Contact me for more details of these classes. Then, November I will be preparing an amazing gathering of local and international artists in Santa Cruz, CA for Song of the Soul. an evening of mystical and sacred dance, music, and poetry of Persia and Turkey.
May we all share a moment together soon in dance.