What is Biodanza?
For some, Biodanza is simply fun, guided expressive movement that brings a sense of renewal and optimism. For others Biodanza is a journey into a process of profound growth.
Whatever the case is for you, it only takes a single session of Biodanza to feel energised, restored and in a positive space. And, with regular practice you can expect to get closer to what you really want for your life.
The psychologist Rolando Toro Araneda developed Biodanza in the 1960s based on studies in anthropology, psychology and biology and has been evolving ever since. It was born from his desire to live in a more peaceful and compassionate world
“Biodanza is about learning to dance with life and rediscovering the pleasure of living.” Rolando Toro Araneda, Biodanza Founder.
How does it work?
“Biodanza finds its inspiration in the most primitive origins of the dance.” Rolando Toro Araneda
- Biodanza is a process. It is designed to be experienced in weekly sessions and weekends over a number of years.
- It involves attend regular group classes which may be structured as terms or courses and workshops.
- Weekly classes are 1.5-2 hours, workshops might be 1-4 days.
- The classes are progressive and are structured to develop the expressive capacity of participants over time.
- There are introductory and deepening groups. It is recommended to commence with an introductory group.
- Each session has a series of exercises and dances to explore and express your potential in a fun, inviting and engaging way with music, dance and movement exercises.
- Only facilitators that complete a 3 year international certification are authorized to run these sessions.
Major biochemical and neurological re-balancing takes place during sessions and this supports positive pathways and patterns for living to emerge in us, take root, and grow.
The music, dances, exercises and dancing socially induce vivencias. A vivencia is a moment lived intensely in the here and now.
For e.g active rhythmic dancing stimulated by uplifting music, induces vivencias of vitality, whereas slow and fluid movements to slower, calming music tend to induce vivencias of centredness and inner peace.
In vivencia we are a state of full integration, of plenitude in ourselves, our relationship to others and our environment. There is cohesion between mind and body – physicality and psyche. The more we experience integrative vivencias, the more they become a habit and are experienced often in everyday life.
“Biodanza goes beyond being a “therapy” . . . My personal experience is that Biodanza has the power to “bring it all together” and that spoke to me equally as a researcher and a dancer of life and provided opportunities to actually live the connections between them.”
Rebecca, Dance Therapist