Here are some examples of Social Action projects and events implemented over the last few years.
Salesian LIfe Choices
Various BIodanza faciliators have been involved over a period of six years with the organisation Salesian Life Choices. In particular Biodanza has been offered as part of their Leader’s Quest programme which is an intervention that works with Grade 11, 12 and post matric youth from low income communities. It combines leadership training, experiential activities and academic tutoring. The aim of the program is to mould a generation of young leaders from developing communities to become influential decision makers in a quest to better their lives and their communities.
Biodanza leadership development vivencias are structured to be energising, uplifting, inspiring, motivating and empowering for youth and help them build connections with themselves and others.
The positive structuring moments of dancing through the challenges when the odds are stacked against you, create neural pathways that build resilience through the dance. Resilience and zest for life, the participants naturally tap into when confronting the many challenges in their daily lives.
She has also created classes for the post matric learners enrolled in the Life Choices Academy programme. In order to give back to the staff of Salesian Life Choices that give so generously of themselves, the Biodanza facilitator teams have created special team building classes for them as well.
Home of Hope
Home of Hope provides shelter and creates an opportunity for sustained physical, educational and holistic wellbeing for exploited girls in Kensington and Berea in Johannesburg. Every Saturday morning the girls gather for experiential development activities. During the last 8 years facilitators have been offering a Biodanza class, at least once a month, to these young women, ages ranging from around 8 to 18 years.
Villa of Hope Orphanage
Addictions and recovery work
Michele Dean facilitated weekly classes at Hadassah Center for women and girls in South Johannesburg for a period of six months. The Biodanza class was the highlight of the girls week. They spoke of how tough it is in the house and how they bicker and fight but that Biodanza brings them together and helps them forget their squabbles.
In these spaces working with shame and strengthening the identity beyond that of addict brings experiences of freedom and self expression within the safety of the Biodanza class.