“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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December 2016

A Night with Rumi: Love and Celebration

December 16, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Community of Infinite Spirit, 1540 Hicks Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125 United States
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Celebration of Rumi's union with the universe — Shab-i Arus. Poetry Recitation in English and Spiritual Music, Dance, and Drumming. Dance performance by Farima Berenji, music by Mehr Daf Ensemble in collaboration with Todd Javadi and Neema Hakmat. Nineteen artists showcasing their talent! Tickets: $20 online at http://Mint.bpt.me

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Annual Persian Art Conference

December 27, 2016 - December 29, 2016
Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, London Heathrow Airport
London, TW6 3AF United Kingdom
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Persian Classical, Sacred, and Folkloric Dance - Persian Art and Letters ConferenceLecture, Performances, and Workshops Farima Berenji will present two dance performances, an Iranian folkloric dance workshop, a classical Persian dance workshop, and a lecture upon Persian culture at this prestigious international conference. Persian Dance Performance Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 Wednesday. Dec. 28, 2016 Persian dance performance by Farima Berenji and Rashid Sadat. Nomad Caravan: Folk Dances of Iran Wednesday. Dec. 28, 2016 1:00-2:30pm 30 GBP…

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January 2017

Persian Classical, Sacred, and Folkloric Dance Workshops

January 8 @ 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bela Diva Dance, 4309 E Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80246 United States
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Three 90 minute workshops in Persian classical, sacred, and folkloric dance lead by Farima Berenji. Class space is limited to 20 participants. Poetry in Motion: Persian Classical Dance Sunday Jan. 8th 1:00-2:30 PM Experience one of the world’s most enchanting dances. Persian dance is inspired by medieval Persian poetry, miniature artwork, sacred elements, animals, and geometry. Persian dance comes from an ancient culture of 8000 years and its movements often reflect the swirling of a birds, beautiful gesture and feelings,…

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Journey of the Silk Road

January 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Center for Performing Arts & Education, 8151 Village Parkway
Dublin, CA 94568 United States
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An evening of traditional and sacred dance and music of Persia and the Silk Road featuring dance performances by the Simorgh Dance Collective (Farima Dance Company), Farima Berenji, and music by Caravan El Noor and Gabriel Gold. Travel through the fabled lands of the Silk Road, where music and dance celebrate the bounty of nature in mystic rituals and vibrant cultures. Features sacred, classical and folkloric dance and music of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Persia and Turkey Tickets $15 at…

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Reimagine the Dream

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 19624 Homestead Road (near Wolfe)
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Crossing boundaries, Building bridges, Keeping hope alive Reimagine the Dream! is a festival of music, dance, art, spoken word, food, and traditions from around the world. We invite groups and individuals from all faiths and cultures to help us cross boundaries, build bridges, and keep hope alive. Join people of many faiths and cultures as we gather to celebrate and renew the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes a performance by the Farima Dance Company at 1:00pm.

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Sufi Dance and Sound Healing Workshop

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Convent Arts Collective, 660 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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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 Farima Berenji. Farima will be teaching the basics of "Sufi Whirling" and sharing her expansive knowledge of Sufi dance traditions and meditation practices. Gabriel will be teaching the basics of "Wordless Singing as Meditation" as well as supporting the "Sufi Whirling" sessions with live musical performance of Hang and Halo Handpans…

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February 2017

Silk Road Weekend Dance Intensive

February 3 - February 5
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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Farima Berenji returns to Comox Valley February 3-5, 2017 for dance performances, a sema gathering (Sufi whirling), zikr healing circle and two full days of dance workshops. On Saturday, Farima will teach Raqs-e-Pari (Dance of the Fairies), a veil/canopy dance. Sunday, we journey in dance along the legendary Silk Road to learn folkloric dances from Uzbekistan. Registration is closed for Farima's upcoming weekend intensive at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland. Evening Show and Sema GatheringFriday, Feb. 3rd, 2017 [caption id="attachment_10905"…

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Dance of the Soul

February 11 - February 12
The Hearts Garden Temple, 1397 Pacific Rim Hwy
Tofino, British Columbia V0R Canada
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Dance of the Soul Weekend Intensive Sacred Dance and Healing Workshops Sacred and Mystical Dances of the Silk Road Saturday, Feb. 11, 12-3PM Sacred Circle — A Shamanic Journey Saturday, Feb. 11, 6-8PM Turns, Circles, Spirals, and Sufi Whirling Saturday, Feb. 12, 12-3PM Registration $130 for both days OR $70 for individual days. $40 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. Farima Berenji Farima Berenji is an award winning Dance Ethnologist and internationally acclaimed dance artist, choreographer,…

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Travel and Adventure Show 2017

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054 United States
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The Farima Dance Company (Simorgh Dance Collective, San Jose) performs Persian and Silk Road dance on the Global Beats Stage. After our performance we invite everyone to learn and participate in a fun dance from the Silk Road. Experience inspirational and informative seminar stages (Travel Channel Theater, and Destination Theater), plus culture and entertainment abound on the Taste of Travel Stage and Global Beats Stage offering dozens of culinary demos and dance performances all weekend long. Plus, check out many…

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Persian Dance of the Qajar Dynasty and the Modern Age

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shawn Stendevad’s House, 16419 Marcus Street
Eagle River, AK United States
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Lecture on Persian Dance from the Qajar Dynasty to the Modern Age by Farima Berenji. Potluck, bring a dish to share. In the early 19th century, new styles of dance began to develop in Persia. Artists traveled to Europe, creating a bloom of modernism in the arts, particularly in the royal courts. Illustrations of this period include splendid paintings and texts emphasizing modern contemporary dances is the court and among the elite families. The West, largely as a result of…

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