Group dancing improves health – A gift of Biodanza classes
by Christos Daskalakos
“When the music changes so does the dance” – African proverb
Group dancing has been part of humanity from time immemorial. Gathering round the fire the clan united, sang, danced in rituals of healing and worship. Through group dancing we expressed our identity as the clan, we expressed our understanding of the cosmos and we expressed our relationship to each other, the world and universe. For perverse reasons we have lost this opportunity except in organised groups.
It is natural for us to dance and as humans we are naturally susceptible to music – when we hear a good beat it makes us want to dance. Although music has an emotional content it is that primal beat that gets us in the core of our being.
In Biodanza we work with three aspects of music, rhythm, melody and harmony. Rhythm, the primal beat, allows us to experience our presence, our identity and our vitality. This has socialising and healing benefits as corroborated by a recent scientific study. (Synchrony and exertion during dance independently raise pain threshold and encourage social bonding) In Biodanza we encourage this with dances of rhythmic coordination and synchronicity such as walking in pairs with another; following the rhythm of another. These dances begin to induce communication and empathy with our fellow Biodanceros creating social bonding.