“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 Performance

April 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
French Culture Institute, Konrad Adenauer Caddesi N°30, Yıldız Sancak Mahallesi
Ankara, 06550 Turkey
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Sacred dance performance by Farima Berenji accompanied by ney master, Oğuz Kaan Birhekimoğlu.

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Sufi Flamenco Workshop, Level 2

April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ustaların Sahnesi, Acıbadem Mahallesi, Fatih Sokak, No: 6, Kat: -1, Bölüm: -22
KADIKÖY / İstanbul, Turkey
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Additional and advanced technique and choreography workshop in Sufi Flamenco fusion presented by Farima Berenji. 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…

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Baba Karam Dance Workshop

April 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ustaların Sahnesi, Acıbadem Mahallesi, Fatih Sokak, No: 6, Kat: -1, Bölüm: -22
KADIKÖY / İstanbul, Turkey
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Two hour Baba Karam dance workshop taught by Farima Berenji. Includes an introduction into the history of the late Qajar Dynasty. Jaheli or Baba Karam is a playful imitation of the machismo style of dance done by the working class men of Tehran. The dance illustrates typical movements inspired by tough street gang members of the Qajar era known as “Jahel”. Jâheli is part of an Iranian sub-culture that has its origins in the 9th and 10th century, a period…

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Solitude — Sacred Dance Performance

April 26, 2017 - April 27, 2017
Peter Barkworth Theatre, Stockport College, Wellington Road South
Stockport, SK1 3UQ United Kingdom
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Farima performs as a guest artist in dance drama Solitude, a production directed by Ali Aminipour. Doors open at 6:30pm, April 26 and 27. Contact organizer for more details.

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Persian and Silk Road Dance — Free Class

April 27, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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Join us for a free introductory Persian and Silk Road dance class in honor of Bay Area Dance Week, April 21 - 30. Learn some fun classical and folkloric dances of the Silk Road and experience the beauty of its culture and history as well. See our event listing online among almost 300 Bay Area Dance Week events. Inspired by Persian poetry and miniature artwork, Persian and Silk Road dance combines swirling arabesques, sweeping gestures, shoulder isolations, footwork patterns, and…

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Sacred Dance Workshop

April 29, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Angelicas, 863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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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, 2017
Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, CA United States
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More details coming...

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July 2017

Journey through Uzbekistan

July 1, 2017 - July 7, 2017
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, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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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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