Biodanza has been proven to relieve stress, reduce depression and increase overall health and wellness.
“Faced with the abyss created by human contradictions, I felt a desire to conquer paradise, a shared paradise. But 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. And 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
Rolando was a lecturer in Psychology of Art Expression, and carried out research on the expansion of consciousness at the Centre for Studies in Medical Anthropology. He published books on poetry and psychotherapy, and exhibited paintings in Brazil, Italy & France.
Rolando was born in Chile, in 1924, and lived in Argentina, Brazil & Italy, but returned to his home country in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to mankind, through his system of Biodanza and its effects on health & wellness.
“Dance is a deep movement arising from the most unfathomable regions in a human being. It is the movement of life, biological rhythm, heartbeat, breath, it is an impulse to connect with the species, it is a movement of intimacy.”
– Rolando Toro, the founder of Biodanza.
He began his research at the Psychiatric Hospital of Santiago del Chile with psychiatric patients and based on the remarkable results he witnessed, with these patients. Thereafter he expanded his research to groups of healthy individuals, finally developing the Biodanza theoretical model in 1966. Rolando 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.
So if you are ready for a sense of renewal and optimism, join us to bring joy to your heart and put a smile on your face!