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July 2018

Carnival of Cultures 2018

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Main Street, Cupertino, 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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The Simorgh Dance Collective unfortunately made a last minute cancellation and will not appear in this festival. Carnival of Cultures is the Bay Area's premier festival showcasing the diversity of our resident community. The delicious array of food representing the different cultures that make up the SF Bay Area is complemented by music, dance, shopping and exciting activities for the entire family. Visit the world without getting on a plane or going on a road trip! The festival will represent…

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Azerbaijani Dance Workshop

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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Part of a once monthly summer intensive series on Azeri dance. Includes classical Azeri stage technique, choreography, gliding walks, and social dance taught by Nancy Rose Aktas. Farima Berenji and Farima Dance is hosting and assisting in this summer intensive. Students have an opportunity to perform in a future dance show. Registration Register online Or pay by bringing $50 in cash or check. Nancy Rose Aktas Master Instructor and Costume Designer Nancy Rose Aktas began her 45+ year long career…

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Dance of the Soul (Sufi Whirling Workshop & Gathering)

July 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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This event is postponed until August Join us at our monthly Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with live/recorded music, meditation, whirling, Zikr (Sufi Prayer) and Sohbet (Sufi Talk). We will create a sacred, supportive space where we can all release whatever energy no longer serves us, relax and open our heart, body, and mind. We will discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals – a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation– through movement, music, love, and…

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“Hu” Meditation and Sema

July 24 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Open your heart, body, and mind in this mystical session of meditation, breath work, and whirling led by Farima Berenji. We will seek the foundation of spiritual healing in the mysticism of vibration and sound, realizing how all life emerges from silence, and all things have sound hidden within them. We will open by awakening the soul in meditation to the word “Hu”, the breath of the devine, God, then journey into healing with Farima’s unique 5 element breath therapy.…

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Dance of the Devine Nature

July 28 - August 1
Headwaters Outdoor School, 6615 Shepherds Way
Weed, CA 96094 United States
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Release - Receive - Awaken the Soul... A Journey of Self Reflection and Renewal Join us for a special spiritual retreat on Mt Shasta this summer with Sufi dance master and Magi (Shaman) Farima Berenji (CID-UNESCO) and Shaman and Nature Specialist Tim Corcoran. Together we will call upon the spirit of the mountain, we will dance the spirals of nature, and we will become one with the spirit of nature. We will explore the sacred geometry and the spirituality of…

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September 2018

Colors of Persia

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 19624 Homestead Road (near Wolfe)
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Roya-e-Ranghin A Dance and Music Journey Through Persia Join the Simorgh Dance Collective for a dazzing show that celebrates the diverse people, cultures, and dances of Persia. Featuring ethnic dances performed by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Farima Berenji, and musicians Homerya Banejad, Vahid Zomorrodi, and Jason Fann. Doors open at 6:30 PM The Simorgh Dance Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Folk Organization, the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, and other generous individuals. Farima Berenji - Artistic Director,…

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