Awards


“When I teach or perform it is my soul guiding me. I open up to the universe and allow my ancestors and spiritual animal to take control. You must allow the spirit to live and show itself to your work. This is what makes teaching and performance more powerful.” ~Farima Berenji

Awards and Accolades

Farima and the Simorgh Dance Collective have been honored with numerous awards for individual and group work in communities, artistic excellence, cultural diplomacy and preservation, and for expertise in leadership and artists.

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  • 2017 – World Heritage Cultural Center, Best Dance Performance 2017-18, USA
  • 2016 – World Persian Art Forum, UK
  • 2016 – Iran Folklore Recognition and New Iranian Dance Ambassador and Soloist
  • 2016 – Austrian Turkish Embassy, Global Dance Education and Preservation of Turkic Cultural Dance, Austria
  • 2016 – National Folk Organization, USA
  • 2016 – World Travel Show, Honorable Mention by Rick Steves, USA
  • 2015 – Istanbul Conservatory, Turkey
  • 2015 – US Presidential Reception for Barack Obama, USA
  • 2015 – University of Manchester, UK
  • 2015 – Bay Area Dance Watch Single Rose Honorary, USA
  • 2014 – SafeHouse for the Arts, USA
  • 2014 – Parsa Performing Arts Theatre, UK
  • 2014 – LiveBlessay Award, USA
  • 2014 – Allan Ulrich – San Francisco Chronicle, USA
  • 2013 – “Tumata” Music and Cultural Organization of Turkey
  • 2013 – “30 Voices” Iranian Women’s Human Rights Organization, USA
  • 2013 – San Jose City College, USA
  • 2008 – Nejad World Music Academy, USA
  • 2007 – United Nations Association
  • 2006 – UNESCO
  • 2006 – Cal State Hayward Department of Anthropology, USA
  • 2001 – San Jose State University Department of Art History, USA
  • 2001 – San Jose State University Convocation Committee, USA
  • 2000 – Payvand Iranian Cultural Organization: Dance Instructor of the Year, USA