The history of Biodanza
One Man’s Vision, a World with Heart
Finding the source of original love
“Faced with the abyss created by human contradictions,
I felt a desire to conquer paradise, a shared paradise.
I could not conceive of a solitary evolution.
I wanted to find the source of original love.
Everyone, for centuries, had heard about “love for our fellow man”.
I believe love must include a corporal, active dimension.
I sometimes felt all the manifestations of ecstasy, eroticism and fraternity,
creative energy and vital impetus in my body.
I felt the possibility of pure contact with living reality,
through movement, fluidity and the transparencies revealed by feelings.
Music was the universal language,
the only thing everyone could understand in the Tower of Babel of the world.
Dance was the ideal form capable of integrating body and soul.
The dance experience offered all participants happiness, tenderness and strength.”
Rolando Toro Araneda
About the founder
Rolando Toro was born in Chile, in 1924, and lived in Argentina, Brazil & Italy, but returned to his home country in 1998.
A multi-talented man, interested in the human spirit, Rolando Toro was a lecturer in Psychology of Art Expression, and carried out research on the expansion of consciousness, as lecturer, at the Centre for Studies in Medical Anthropology. Also being an artist and painter, he published books on poetry and psychotherapy, and exhibited paintings in Brazil, Italy & France.
In 2001, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to mankind, through his system of Biodanza.
How Biodanza came to be
At the Psychiatric Hospital of Santiago del Chile, Rolando Toro experimented using different types of dances and music with psychiatric patients, to determine the effects of these on his patients’ state of being and wellness.
Based on the remarkable results he witnessed, with these patients, he later expanded his research to groups of healthy individuals, finally developing the Biodanza theoretical model in 1966. He also continued to research the effects of Biodanza, on psychological conditions, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, from 1974 to 1998.
From its humble beginnings in Chile, Biodanza then spread to Brazil and is now represented in more than 60 countries across the world, including Japan, Slovenia, Reunion, Mauritius, South Africa & Zambia, with strong bases in South America and Europe.