“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.
It is a great honor to be the first Iranian TED dance speaker and performer at TEDxYYC 2018. 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 grateful for. I’ve enjoyed meeting, participating, and learning with so many of you worldwide. As this year is coming to a close there are still special events and performances you will all like.
Come to a special holiday fundraiser and celebration for the Simorgh Dance Collective. There will a short workshop of traditional Silk Road folk dances, a Silk Road bazaar of many ethnic treasures, performances by the Simorgh Dance Collective and the Aylan Azeri Dance Group, and a participatory dance party. All proceeds help benefit the work of the Simorgh Dance Collective.
Join me for fellowship in a sacred dance twice more before the year end. December 15 we will honor Rumi in whirling dance, meditation, music, and poetry. On December 22 join our gathering performing ancient rituals to celebrate Yalda, the winter solstice. Look for more details below.
Where ever you are in the world I look forward to dancing with you in the coming year.