CANCELLED – Norouz Gala

Campbell Community Center 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell

CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings Celebrate Norouz with dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Nowruz celebrates the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities […]

CANCELLED – Naw-Ruz Performances

Cultural Integration Fellowship 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings The Simorgh Dance Collective will be showcasing Persian and Silk Road dances in honor of the Persian celebration of Spring--Norouz. Guests are most welcome at this joyous celebration on the occasion of the Spring Festival. Enjoy an array of international […]

POSTPONED – Dance of the Soul Workshop

East/West Bookstore 324 Castro St, Mountain View

Postponed until June. Discover the power and mystery of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual enlightenment through movement, music, and meditation. Inspired by nature, ancient Iranic rituals, the science of whirling, and the beautiful spiritual traditions of Sufism, join Farima to learn the essentials of whirling meditation including preparation, balance and posture, controlling […]


POSTPONED – Whirling Workshop Series 3: Silent Whirling

Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158, Saratoga

Postponed until June. Silent Whirling: Sema and Dancing to the Rhythm and Melody of the Heart Whirling in silence, solely to the rhythm of one’s heart, enables us to focus on finding calm and peace within moving meditation. Although circumstances vary, those who practice silent whirling meditation within a group are often more likely to […]


Virtual Persian Social Dance Lesson

Online CA

Join us online for a fun social dancing workshop and party. Follow along with Farima as she illustrates Persian social dance moves and styles for parties and weddings. Discover her secrets for being the best social dancer at Persian parties. Stay to the end for improvised dancing to some fun Persian pop music. A delightful […]


Dances of Uzbekistan Intensive

Online CA

Learn Uzbek traditional dance technique, choreography, and history with Rashid Shadat and Farima Berenji. Part of our Silk Road dance intensive program. At each monthly intensive you will learn history, music, costuming and choreography from Farima and guest master instructors. The program focus by month includes: April: Georgia May: Uzbekistan June: Azerbaijan Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, […]


Online Performance and Fundraiser

Online CA

Enjoy an online program of Silk Road dance and music performances by the Simorgh Dance Collective without leaving your home. Featuring Farima Berenji, Rashid Shadat, Mona Gafari, Homeyra Banejad, Nariman Assadi and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Register with Eventbrite to receive the live video streaming link. When you register you have the opportunity to help […]


Confidence on Stage!

Online CA

Whether you are an actor or dancer this workshop will help you identify how to improve your performance on the stage. Stage presence refers to the ability to command the full attention of a theater audience by the impressiveness of one's performance. When combined with skill, experience and hard work, stage presence can create a […]

Connecting with Sacred Dance

Online CA

A lecture with Farima Berenji. Internationally acclaimed dance artist, choreographer, and scholar Farima Berenji is passionate when she speaks of the role dance has played in her life. At her core, she believes dance rituals invoke healing and harmony. This was the legacy of these dances but over time, people have lost connection to them. […]


POSTPONED – Caravan of Mystics: Roots of Mysticism


Date to be announced - IRAN (Tehran and Kermanshah only) With Yarsan Sufi Order and Masters: Farima Berenji, Seyed Salman Hosseni, Mehrdad Maleki, and Seyed Vessal Hosseni. Discover the roots of mysticism! This unique travel experience and opportunity focuses on the history, mysticism, art, music, and dance traditions of the Yarsan Sufi Order. Retreat/Tour includes: […]