“Everything in dance is poetry. Every movement describes a story, a feeling. The dancer takes the audience into a world of fairy tales.” ~Farima Berenji

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April 2017

Sacred Dance Workshop

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hulme Park, 86 Royce Rd
Haulme , Manchester M15 5LA United Kingdom
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Farima’s signature project Dance of the Soul combines sacred and mystical whirling movements, Sufi traditions, and healing rituals of ancient Persia, Turkey, and the Altai Mountains. Learn both personal and spiritual whirling based on Farima’s archeological discoveries and research, and of Sufism and its connection to ancient Iranian Zoroastrianism, planets, stars, sacred flowers and animals—all of which have symbolic meaning in the universe to open the pathway to the soul.

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May 2017

Bay Area Belly Festival 2017

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Angelicas, 863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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$20

Middle Eastern belly dance festival including performances by local artists, live music, and bazaar. The Farima Dance Company (Simorgh Dance Collective of San Jose) performs two Turkish folkloric dances on stage at 1:48pm.

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Sema workshop

May 9
Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, CA United States
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Sufi Dance and Sound Healing Workshop

May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Convent Arts Collective, 660 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$30

The workshop will be held in a beautiful, historic chapel in the heart of San Francisco and will be taught by sound healer Gabriel Gold and Persian dance artist and Shamanic healer Farima Berenji. After a very successful, sold out workshop last January Gabriel and Farima decided to collaborate again, this time focusing on the "Spirals of Life" as the theme. We will seek the foundation of spiritual healing through sacred sound and movement, embodying song and movement founded on…

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July 2017

Journey through Uzbekistan

July 1 - July 7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan + Google Map

Explore Uzbekistan’s beautiful ethnic music, dance, natural, and cultural heritage in this 10 day tour along the historic Silk Road. Hosted by Farima Berenji, internationally recognized dance scholar and award-winning world dance choreographer and performer. This unique travel experience and opportunity focuses on the history, art, music, and dance traditions of Uzbekistan. Guests will study traditional dance and music with talented local artists including Uzbek dance instructor and performer Zilola Janikulova. Guests will also visit historic cultural sites and points…

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Persian Dance Technique

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$40

Persian dance comes from an ancient culture of 8000 years and its movements are a blend of enchanting sacred movements reflecting birds, animals, flowers, and elements. Persian dance is also inspired by Persian poetry and sensuous miniature artwork. It is delicate, refined, and full of meaning. Delicate hand movements, gentle upper body undulations, and facial expressions are the essential elements of this dance. The focus of this workshop will be on Persian dance techniques such as: Persian hands, movement of…

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Haft Sema (Seven Sema) A Journey of the Heart

July 20 - July 23
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$385

Join Farima Berenji for a four day intensive retreat and venture deep into the heart through sacred circles and sufi whirling practices, practices based on the sacred number seven in Iranian mystical traditions and Sema rituals, Zikr (sufi prayers), and Shamanic healing, music, and sohbet (Sufi spiritual talk). Retreat and training will focus on Farima’s intensive breathwork technique, her unique whirling techniques, and styles based on the Seven Pathways of Love. The number seven has always been a sacred and…

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Huma, Wings of Light

July 22
Cumberland United Church, 2688 Penrith
Cumberland, British Columbia Canada
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Inner Journey: Sufi Music and Dance

July 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Way West
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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$30

Inner Journey features mystical music by Regard Persian with dancing by Rumi Canada Whirling Sufi dancers. Special guest performance by Farima Berenji. This program is an associate partnership presented by Rumi Canada as part of their Mystical Music Series. Artists include Regards Persan Pooria Pournazeri: Tanbour Ziya Tabassian: Percussion Saeed Kamjoo: Gheychak, Kamancheh Sardar Mohamadjani: Oud Zohreh Shahbazi: Daf Habib Hajimolahoseini: Vocals Rumi Canada Whirling Sufi Dance Raqib Brian Burke Mira Hunter Burke Farzad AttarJafari (Farzad AJay) Tickets Available either…

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Sema Workshop and Gathering

July 28
Toronto, BC, Canada + Google Map

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