Is it a movement therapy, a system of growth, a creative exercise?”
“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 “- Rolando Toro, the founder of Biodanza.
The goal is the evolution of humanity!! And in Biodanza this happens through creating conditions of care and Love.
Biodanza is an integrated co-operation of body, mind and heart. Biodanza, meaning “The Dance of Life”, is a form of free-movement which uses dance and music to promote self-awareness, restore health and vitality, reconnect to purpose and realize the full capacity of human potential. Biodanza also has the capacity to connect us with community and increases our awareness of other and the environment.
The depth, richness and possibilities of Biodanza and its benefits for you are best understood through experiencing it and discovering your potential b participating in it. It is not a process that can be fully understood via the intellect. It must be felt in the body.
Tell me about Biodanza classes
Biodanza is a journey – the benefits come from attending regular classes
Practicing Biodanza involves attending regular group classes which may be structured as terms, courses and/or workshops.
Weekly classes are 1 – 2 hours long and workshops may run over 1-4 days.
For the full experience of its nature and benefits, we recommend that you practice Biodanza in both weekly sessions and longer workshops extending over a number of years.
The classes are structured to progressively unleash your full expressive capacity over time and may lead to enhanced living in your everyday life.. 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.
The benefits of regular practice of Biodanza are numerous, from rediscovering the joy of being alive and a zest for life, to proven health & psychological benefits, and an experience of connection to nature and the cosmos.
Biodanza enables you to align with your inner values and desires: Biodanza can become a space where you evolve new ways of living and being aligned with your inner values and desires. The effects of stress and disconnection dissolve over time and progressively through the dances and exercises done in group classes. This enables an opening to an experiencing of deeper presence and connection with yourself and others and increases well-being.
Biodanza improves your self confidence and your relationships: After time, your self-confidence strengthens as well as your capacity to relate to others with empathy, clarity, presence and depth. In the ongoing Biodanza process the group acts as a container, in which you can discover new and often healthier ways of relating.
After a class, Biodanza gives you that feeling of joy and happiness, bliss, peace, love and laughter.
Biodanza has been proven to improve health and fosters a sense of wellbeing and is associated with a reduction in stress, anxiety, and worry.
Biodanza offers the possibility for profound life-changing transpersonal experiences, expanded awareness of humanity and our connectedness with all of humankind, as well as an increased sense of love and concern for humankind and our environment. Biodanza opens up the doorway to discover pathways to see the world differently and to interact with it more consciously. It also enables us to look beyond ourselves and our humanity within the greater universe.
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.
Biodanza… healing on a cellular level
Informed by psychology, neurology, psycho-biology and functioning of the immune system, regular Biodanza facilitates healing on all levels.
States of Joy and Happiness
The repeated positive imprinting of affection, love and connection, during classes, leads to states of joy, happiness and a gratitude for being alive.
Healing on a cellular level
Many of the music and exercises proposed evoke deep responses in our autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the immune system, helping to restore hormonal balance and healing on a cellular level.
The antidote to daily stress
As the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is activated, tension in the muscles dissolves, the breath deepens, stress hormones reduce to normal levels, and, ultimately, the immune system is strengthened.
Through this profound state of relaxation, one is left with a feeling of well-being and peace.