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Biodanza (neologism from the Greek bio (life) and the Spanish danza (dance), literally the dance of life) is a system of self-development that uses music, movement and positive feelings to deepen self-awareness. It seeks to promote the ability to make a holistic link to oneself and one's emotions and to express them. Biodanza also claims to allow one to deepen the bonds with others and nature and to express those feelings congenially.[1]

System of dance movement[edit]

Biodanza claims to be a "human integration system of organic renewal, of affective re-education, and of relearning of Life's original functions. Its application consists in leading vivencias through music, singing, movements and group encounter situations".[2][3]

It is a method which aims the development of human capacities, including the feeling of happiness, communication skills and improving of relationships.[4]

Biodanza was created in the 1960s by the Chilean anthropologist and psychologist Rolando Toro Araneda,[5] the Biodanza system is now found in 54 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Australia, Japan, South Africa, United States, Ireland and Russia.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Biodanza has been featured on CNN Chile,[7] on BBC TV[8] and national newspapers[9] in the UK, and in lifestyle magazines in the UK[10] and South Africa.[11]

The UK Daily Telegraph describes Biodanza as "a series of exercises and moves that aim to promote self-esteem, the joy of life and the expression of emotions. Lots of bounding around and hugs".[9]


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  2. ^ (in Spanish) Toro, Rolando (2008). Biodanza, Editorial Cuarto Propio, Santiago, Chile. ISBN 978-956-260-433-8. [1] at Google Books
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  5. ^ (in Portuguese) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-05-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ (in Spanish) Tribute to Rolando Toro Araneda (creator of Biodanza) on YouTube, CNN Chile 19 Feb 2010
  8. ^ Making Slough Happy: a four-part series on Positive Psychology featuring Biodanza as one of the Happiness interventions: Episode 2, Tuesday 22 November 2005, BBC2
  9. ^ a b "Feel the rhythm from head to heal". 6 January 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  10. ^ Dance the heart-ache away, Cosmopolitan 1997; Geoff Dalglish, Grab a Partner, Men's Health December 2000; Stress Busters 10, FHM, April 2004. -quoted at
  11. ^ O the Oprah magazine South Africa, January 2005 -quoted at