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March 2018

Journey of the Simorgh

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine St
Anchorage, AK 99516 United States
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$35

A dance concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective of Alaska, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dance choreographed by Farima Berenji. Admission includes ethnic dance performances, dinner, silent auction, and open dance floor. "It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight. He let a feather float down through the air, And rumors of its fame spread everywhere." ~Farid ud-Din Attar…

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Sacred Spring Gathering

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
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A sacred dance gathering with whirling, meditation, and poetry in nature celebrating the new life that surrounds us in nature. Lead by Farima to honor the Spring Equinox. Contact us for more details.

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Houston Nowruz Festival

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77045 United States
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$25 – $30

The 11th Annual Houston Nowruz Festival is the largest Persian New Year celebration in the state of Texas. Featured artists include Kamyar, Hamid Talebzadeh, Nikita, DJ Alireza, and dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Tickets: $25 (if purchased in advance) and $30 at the door Nowruz Festival Tickets

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April 2018

Sufi Whirling Workshop

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Globe Institute, 351 9th Street #Ste 202
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$35

Learn the basic technique of Sufi whirling (Iranian and Turkish style), history, and theory. Farima’s teachings are based on Indo-Iranian ancient rituals, science of whirling, and the sacred geometry of whirling. We will learn essential techniques of whirling preparation, maintaining balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus during turning, breath work, and more. For this workshop please wear comfortable clothing, whirling skirt (optional), socks or soft-soled shoes. Avoid eating a large meal 2 hours prior. Register online

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June 2018

Poetry in Motion

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$30

Where Movement Becomes Devotion An interpretive, improvisational, and devotional dance form inspired by mystical and classical Persian poetry. Persian poetry contains spiritual messages representing the Divine essence. The words in Persian poetry speak to us, revealing the emotion of our soul. Persian poetry is rhythmic—it has an essence of melody, which guides us to dance. The great Persian poets extolled dance in their poems to symbolize the power of life. Hafiz, Saadi, Omar Khayyam, Attar, and Rumi each represented dance…

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TEDxYYC Conference Lecture

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave SE
Calgary, British Columbia AB T2G 0K9 Canada
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$69.50 – $84.50

TEDxYYC has spent eight years bringing some of the brightest and best minds to Calgary, and 2018 will continue the legacy of inspiration! You’re invited to join us for an important journey far beyond your known boundaries of thought at TEDxYYC 2018 on June 22. Farima Berenji will be guest speaker at this conference. Her topic: healing by dance. More details... Tickets

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Azerbaijani and Kafkaz Dance Workshop

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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$50

Learn Azeri and Kafkaz dance styles in this 2hour dance workshop with master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş. Dr. Aktaş will teach Azerbaijani men's and women's dance including the fast footwork, and some Lezginka. Both men and women may participate in this workshop. Dr. Aktaş is visiting from Turkey and will be here in the Bay Area only for a limited time. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a master! Registration Register online…

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Azerbaijani and Kafkaz Dance Workshop, Part 2

June 28 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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$40

In the first part of this series, Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş presented a 2hr session of Azeri dance technique for men and women. By overwhelming request, this additional session to teach traditional Kafkaz dance style has been added before Dr. Aktaş leaves the Bay Area this weekend. Learn Kafkaz and review Azeri dance styles in this additional 1.5hour dance workshop with master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş. Dr. Aktaş will teach men's and women's dance…

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July 2018

Soul of the Sema

July 13 - July 15
Alişler Yurdu Armutlu, Turkey + Google Map
$450

From Balkh to Khorasan – Summer Sufi Retreat in Armatlu, Turkey Metaphysical Movements, Rituals, Whirling and Music of the Mystics Join world renowned Sufi Dance Master and Dance Scholar Farima Berenji for a three day dance immersive retreat for whirling and Sufi traditions of Ancient Iran, Greater Khorasan (Land of the Rising Sun), Samarkand, and the Indus Valley. We will take on the path of the mystics, a journey of discovery, in space and time, reconnecting with our ancient ancestors.…

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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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Free

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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