“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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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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Persian New Year Celebration and Performances

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Al Aska Shriners, 1930 E Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK United States
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Celebrate the traditional Persian New Year, called "Nowrouz", with traditional Nowrouz appetizers and delights, dance performances, poetry, open dancing, silent auction, and wine bar. Learn some traditional folk dances from the Simorgh-Farima Dance Company of Alaska. Show off your dancing, singing, or other talents and win a prize! Performances by Farima Berenji, Simorgh-Farima Dance Company of Alaska, and special guests Laman and Vivienne Hendricks. Tickets $35 before February 5th, $40 thereafter. Get tickets...

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Persian Classical, Modern, and Urban Dance Workshop

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - February 19 @ 4:00 pm
Children’s Dance Theater, 4000 W. Dimond Blvd.
Anchorage, AK United States
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“Open to all and great for fusion artists, all dancers, and the culturally curious”. Contemporary Persian Dance Technique and Style Workshop Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 3-5 PM. $60. Register... Simorgh Dance Collective Choreography Workshop Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 6-8PM. $60. Workshop by invitation only for Simorgh members and prospective members. Contact Mary Ann Benoit 907-491-1253 about registering. Register... Sema Gathering Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, 8:30–10:30PM. $60 Please wear comfortable clothing (white or light colored if possible) and wear socks or…

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March 2017

Spring Celebration

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Celebrate Norouz, Persian New Year, in this cultural dance and music studio gathering with dance performances by Farima Berenji and Bay Area guest artists, live music, and potluck. Includes silent auction of elegant costumes, jewelry, accessories, and many treasures. Stay for open floor dancing at the end. Musicians and dancers feel free to come show your talent. Bring a potluck dish to share. Suggested admission: $5-10 donation. Donations gratefully appreciated. All profits help fund dancers of the Simorgh Dance Collective…

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Story of Esther

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Danville, Danville, CA United States + Google Map

Farima dances in the role of Esther in this production. More details to be announced...

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Silk Road House Norouz Celebration

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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Celebrate the annual Nawruz Spring Holiday and the 10th anniversary of the Silk Road House. Dedicated to promote and support diverse ethnic cultures, the Silk Road House is delighted to celebrate an important milestone with the Nawruz holiday which transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic and national divisions and brings people together. Includes a performance by the Farima Dance Company. The following is a general event program: 12.00 pm - Doors open 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm - Food is served (Silk…

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April 2017

Sufi Flamenco Workshop

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ustaların Sahnesi, Acıbadem Mahallesi, Fatih Sokak, No: 6, Kat: -1, Bölüm: -22
KADIKÖY / İstanbul, Turkey
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Explore Sufi Flamenco fusion as a stunning journey from Southern Spain to Persia and Turkey. Learn the history and the beautiful movements of Flamenco, combined with Sufi Whirling traditions of Iran and Turkey in this workshop lead by Master Whirler and Dance Ethnologist Farima Berenji. There is a historic, lively cross-cultural exchange between the cultures surrounding the Mediterranean sea since the 11th century. In both Spanish and Persian traditions, rhythms and dance are a source of releasing energy and becoming…

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