Biodanza Africa – Frequently asked questions

How does a Biodanza Africa class work?

There are 3 parts to a weekly session:

  1. an optional verbal sharing by participants about their previous session and time for any questions
  2. a brief introduction by the facilitator to the coming dance session and
  3. the main part of the class is non-verbal, and is a series of movement and exercises set to music. It follows a flow from active and rhythmic to slower and more melodic.

Each session has a theme and purpose and during the process the facilitator proposes movements and exercises linked to specially chosen music, and participants are encouraged to move and dance as they feel, expressing themselves through their own movement.

 

I am a shy person – is Biodanza Africa suitable for me?

Yes! Many people who do Biodanza are a bit shy at first but the more you do Biodanza, the more your confidence will develop. Biodanza provides an environment that encourages you to find your sense of inner joy, ease and confidence.

 

I have two left feet/ am unfit – can I still do Biodanza Africa?

Absolutely! You don’t have to be able to dance or have a certain level of fitness to do Biodanza. Biodanza sessions are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, ability or culture.

In the sessions, you are always encouraged to self-regulate, and to move as is comfortable for you, in the moment.

 

What should I wear?

It is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes that one can move in freely. We dance barefoot but, if need be, you can wear light dance shoes or sock-like footwear.

 

What music do you use?

We play a wide variety of music encompassing various styles and tracks from all over the world from Contemporary to Rock to Classical, Jazz and Blues to Latin and African groove…

 

Do I need a partner or can I do Biodanza on my own?

Enjoying Biodanza Africa is not conditional to having a partner, as it is always offered in a group setting. A key feature of the Biodanza method is to offer a dynamic, social space for fun and learning and interaction that develops our capacity to appreciate diversity and connect authentically in feedback.

 

Is Biodanza Africa similar to Nia or other conscious dance modalities?

Biodanza Africa is unique in that, progressively, through the combination of the movement, music and interaction with the group, it leads us to an affective integration i.e. one relearns to connect and relate from a place of love and affection… thus recreating a powerful link with the heart.

In Biodanza Africa, one is brought back to an organic unity – an outer and inner integration – through the resetting of one’s internal workings and a relearning of the original functions of life i.e. re-awakening the instincts. From here, one comes into touch with one’s needs and learns to listen to one’s inner voice!

For more than 10 years, I leave work and go to a Biodanza class once a week. Each week I experience the deep stress release that Biodanza offers: I arrive tense and hyped up, I leave relaxed and deeply satisfied with my life. The combination of vibrant music, free and self-referenced movement, plus gentle and affectionate non-verbal social interaction provides me with a sense of community and belonging that is unparalleled elsewhere in my life (which also contains other regular physical, spiritual and social activities). Biodanza has the capacity to satisfy my physical, social, transcendent and pleasure needs in one dance-filled evening.

Carola