Biodanza translated means the Dance of Life. It is a system of self-development that uses music, movement and positive feelings to deepen self-awareness. Whatever your age and fitness level, Biodanza is for you. It is easy, fun and will leave you feeling happy, energized and fully alive. It is about learning to dance with life and discovering the joy of living.
Biodanza is designed to give you and intensely lived experience of the here and now – the present moment. It is called a ‘vivencia’ or being ‘in vivencia’.
About the Founder:
Rolando Toro Araneda (1924-2010) is the founder of Biodanza, which is now practiced throughout Europe, South America, North America, South Africa and Japan. 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.
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.