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Biodanza (a neologism jointed the Greek bio [life] and the Spanish danza, literally "the dance of life") is a system of self-development utilizing 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. Practitioners believe that Biodanza opens the space for one to deepen the bonds with others and nature and to express those feelings in a congenial manner.[1]

Origins and popularity[edit]

It was created in the 1960s by the Chilean anthropologist and psychologist Rolando Toro Araneda.[2] The Biodanza system is now found in 54 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Australia, Japan, South Africa,Canada, United States, Ireland and Russia.[3]

Purpose and process[edit]

Practitioners describe Biodanza as 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".[4][5] Proponents claim it can be used to develop our human capacities, communication skills, and relationships, including the feeling of happiness.[6]

Media interest[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 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]

Governing bodies[edit]

Following the death of its founder in February 2010, two governing bodies of Biodanza currently exist, by means of which students may receive official certificates. The International Biodanza Federation (IBF) governs the Biodanza system in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. The US has official schools located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Maryland. The International Organization of Biodanza SRT governs the Biodanza system in South America.


  1. ^ ""AltairedStates" has been replaced by ." Archived from the original on 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  2. ^ "Biodanza" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  3. ^ "IBF :: International Biodanza Federation :: Biodanza Sistema Rolando Toro".
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Toro, Rolando (2008). Biodanza, Editorial Cuarto Propio, Santiago, Chile. ISBN 978-956-260-433-8. [1] at Google Books
  5. ^ "IBFed – International Biodanza Federation – Biodanza SRT – Sistema Rolando Toro – International Biodanza Federation IBFed".
  6. ^ "Biodanza South Africa | Stress Management | Wellbeing | Dr Feroza Mansoor". Biodanza South Africa. June 10, 2020.
  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". Telegraph.co.uk. 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 http://wellbeingvibes.com/biodanza/
  11. ^ O the Oprah magazine South Africa, January 2005 -quoted at http://wellbeingvibes.com/biodanza/

External links[edit]

  • The International Biodanza Federation (www.biodanza.org)
  • The International Organization of Biodanza SRT (www.biodanzarolandotoro.com)