What is Biodanza
Bios (life) – Danza (meaningful movement)
Rolando Toro, the founder of Biodanza, had a vision for humanity in which powerful affective links could restore health, vitality and harmony. He believed that evolution happens with Love, and not with suffering.
He created Biodanza as:
“a system of affective integration, organic renovation and relearning of the original life functions, based on vivencias induced by dance, singing and encounter situations in a group.”
“How would you describe Biodanza? Is it a physical therapy, a system of growth, a creative exercise?” he replied…
“Biodanza is more than all of these! It addresses the totality of the human being. It doesn’t separate people into fragments. Biodanza has many therapeutic effects, but these are not the goal.
The word Biodanza has two parts, bios (life) and danza (meaningful movement).
So Biodanza is the possibility of dancing our own lives, of bringing music, rhythm, harmony and emotion into our communities and personal lives. Biodanza is different from conventional dance because it’s a guided discipline that stimulates specific aspects of human potential, such as creativity, affection, vitality, and so forth, through different sets of movement to music exercises.”
Biodanza is a journey
For the full experience of its nature and benefits, its practice is recommended in weekly sessions and over weekends, preferably extending over a number of years. It involves attending regular group classes which may be structured as terms, courses and/or workshops. Weekly classes are 1.5 – 2 hours long and workshops may run over 1-4 days.
The classes are progressive, structured to unleash your full expressive capacity over time. There are Introductory classes, which are recommended to those starting their Biodanza journey, and Deepening classes, as one gradually progresses and becomes more in-depth with their groups.
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.
The sessions are run by facilitators that complete a 3 year international Biodanza certification.
Biodanza enables self-discovery and expansion
Progressively the dances and exercises done in group classes dissolve the effects of stress and disconnection. This enables an opening to experiences of deeper presence and connection with yourself and others. Biodanza can become a space where you evolve new ways of living and being aligned with your inner values and desires.
Biodanza improves your ability to relate
With regular practice Biodanza strengthens your self-confidence and capacity to relate to others with empathy, clarity, presence and depth. In the ongoing Biodanza process the group acts as a container, in which one can experiment and discover new ways of relating.
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“Before Biodanza I was very shy, I would walk in the street and avoid making eye contact with others. I used to be terrified of standing up in front of other people. Through Biodanza I have definitely become more confident. Now I walk in the street, looking at others, smiling at them and I get smiles back.”
“The support, presence, love and miracles during the class. I learn from every one of you. I learned so much about life, love, forgiveness and peace by sharing this with others. I’m truly grateful and honoured to be a part of the Biodanza journey.”
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