Biodanza - the dance of life
Biodanza Vital Development is a system of human integration and organic renovation that utilizes music, movement and emotion to reduce stress, release emotions and promote health, clear communication and fluid social integration.
Biodanza was created in Chile in the 60’s by Rolando Toro Araneda and has since developed into a global movement.
The system of Biodanza has roots in anthropology, psychology, biology, philosophy and shamanism. It is a system that is fun, unique and will open your heart. Biodanza is not only therapeutic but enables us to relearn the poetry of living. Through the various dances we relearn and refine our essential instinctive human needs.
It is therapeutic in the sense that we are able to recover the parts of ourselves that may have been lost over our lives. Biodanza is purely experiential. The participants are guided through the different exercises by a poetic explanation given by the teacher. Each dance has a different intention that relates to a different aspect of life.
Sometimes the participant will dance alone, sometimes with another person and sometimes with the entire group. There is no verbal communication that takes place. The group is an essential element of the Biodanza process. The participants grow together as a group as they simultaneously enhance their sense of individual identity. The dances have no choreography and there is no right or wrong. The participant is guided to express their own dance. Communication skills and the understanding of feedback are taught in the dances with others.
In Biodanza our instinctive needs have been identified as five ‘lines’. They are:
Biodanza proposes to awaken a dormant sensitivity so that we find a new way to really live as opposed to merely surviving. With regular practice we start to live with great passion, love and intensity and this filters into every aspect of our lives.
Dance and movement is our most primordial form of expression and communication. In the dance of life we access this primality - our original essence - and we, organically, arrive at the comprehension that we have been born with an amazing potential to express all our human possibilities to the maximum.
In order to do that we need to nurture the soul. Biodanza is, indeed, this food for the soul.When we disconnect from this we create a dis-harmony inside of us and this translated into our world. Also, when our body stops recognizing itself through this process dis-ease manifests. There is a reference of the universe within all of us - embedded in our biology - in each cell , and through the dances of Biodanza we reconnect with this great universal energy.