Journey of the Simorgh

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton

A dance and music concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dances choreographed by Farima Berenji, Persian music performed by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble, and expertly narrated by award winning actor and director Sadegh Hatefi. "It was […]

$35 – $40

Whirling Workshop Series 1: Exploring Sense of Self

Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158, Saratoga

Learn the fundamentals of turning and how it enables you to find a sense of self and a connection between body, mind, and spirit. Discover the vital balance in the rhythm of your breathing, movement, posture, and concentration. At first, it can take great effort to combine all of these elements in harmony, but with […]



Performance Arts Center, Evergreen Valley College 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose

[youtube] From the mystic East comes an epic tale befitting Romeo and Juliet, a tale of love between a Sufi Shaikh, a Christian maiden, and a simple love that grows despite the divisions of their beliefs. Based on the 12th century story by Attar of Nishapur, Tarsa is a dance drama accompanied by traditional […]

$25 – $30

Whirling Workshop Series 2: Emptiness as Fullness

Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158, Saratoga

Emptiness as Fullness: In Nothingness, We Find Everything Sufis believe that as you whirl, you find harmony in the motion of the universe, that as you turn with outstretched arms, you collect the energy from your environment -- enabling you to direct it within yourself and back to the earth. In this class, we will […]


Dance of the Soul: Sufi Whirling Workshop and Gathering

Sol Collective 2574 21st St., Sacramento

Join Farima for a Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with sacred music, meditation, and whirling. We will create a sacred, supportive space where we can all release whatever energy no longer serves us, relax and open our heart, body, and mind. We will discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals – […]


Norouz: History and Meaning

Center for Creative Living 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C, San Jose

Norouz is the traditional spring and new year celebration of Persian and Central Asian people. Norouz means “New Day” and it falls on the March equinox, the first day of spring. Families on Norouz get together and wait for the exact time it is declared, exchange gifts and eat a traditional food. It's a time […]


CANCELLED – Norouz Gala

Campbell Community Center 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell

CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings Celebrate Norouz with dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Nowruz celebrates the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities […]

CANCELLED – Naw-Ruz Performances

Cultural Integration Fellowship 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings The Simorgh Dance Collective will be showcasing Persian and Silk Road dances in honor of the Persian celebration of Spring--Norouz. Guests are most welcome at this joyous celebration on the occasion of the Spring Festival. Enjoy an array of international […]

Virtual Persian Social Dance Lesson

Online CA

Join us online for a fun social dancing workshop and party. Follow along with Farima as she illustrates Persian social dance moves and styles for parties and weddings. Discover her secrets for being the best social dancer at Persian parties. Stay to the end for improvised dancing to some fun Persian pop music. A delightful […]


Dances of Uzbekistan Intensive

Online CA

Learn Uzbek traditional dance technique, choreography, and history with Rashid Shadat and Farima Berenji. Part of our Silk Road dance intensive program. At each monthly intensive you will learn history, music, costuming and choreography from Farima and guest master instructors. The program focus by month includes: April: Georgia May: Uzbekistan June: Azerbaijan Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, […]