"Biodanza is not a mere set of exercises to music or a conventional system of emotional expression, but rather a new vision of life, a process of human development, identity integration, inner transformation, and of developing our human potentials. Biodanza is about learning to 'dance life' and rediscover the 'pleasure of living'
Biodanza is a system of Music and Exercises scientifically studied and put together with the aim of regaining joy, vitality and the pleasure of living and of preventing physical and psychological disorder.
Biodanza invites you to participate in weekly sessions that safely and gradually convey dance-induced, intensely felt experiences. Biodanza calls these experiences "vivencias", intense perceptions of being alive in the here-and-now that promote emotional integrity and awaken the intuition of life's immediacy. The term "vivencia" refers both to the experience the sessions induce and also to the Biodanza session itself. The prefix "Bio" derives from "Bios", which means "life". Together with "danza" in the sense of an "integrated movement full of intention" it gives rise to the metaphor: "Biodanza, the dance of life". Based on anthropological studies of dance and life-celebrating rituals, Biodanza stimulates a sense of community. Through the regular participation in "vivencias", Biodanza helps you to enhance your joy of life and celebrate the sacredness of being alive, enabling a consciousness of universal solidarity. Biodanza has evolved over the last four decades under the wings of Rolando Toro Araneda in Latin America and Europe as a therapeutic, movement-based system for human integration, psychospiritual development, well-being and consciousness expansion.
Biodanza, which means Dance of Life, is a system that integrates music, movement and authentic interactions to provide experiences of intense perception of being alive in the here-and-now. These experiences are known as “vivencias”, coined from the Spanish root: vivir (to live).
Vivencias are doors to access primal emotions and help movement emerge that is the most natural expression of your true self. Vivencias follow the organic movements of life—its biological rhythms, the pulse of the heart, and the impulse to connect with others.
Biodanza is a system that follows the natural rhythms and wisdom of life. The prefix “Bio” derives from the Greek “Bios,” meaning “life.” “Danza” originally signifies “integrated movement full of intention”.
Based on anthropological studies of dance and traditional rituals of the celebration of life.
Biodanza stimulates community, awakens a consciousness for universal solidarity, helps participants to recover their joy and vitality, and celebrates the sacredness of life. Biodanza is an invitation to explore life with authentic simplicity and enhance your natural potentials to further your Emotional Health.
Biodanza originated and has evolved over the last four decades under the vision of founder Rolando Toro Araneda, who passed away in February of 2010.
The practice of Biodanza happens through two-hour weekly classes and weekend workshops. The experience is mostly non-verbal, which opens participants’ communication and connection regardless of their socio-cultural background.
What are the Five Lines of Vivencia?
During the Biodanza workshop we stimulate and re-awaken our genetic possibilities and potentials for our everyday life. Those potentials that were blocked, hindered, repressed by our cultural limitations.
“We are all buds awaiting the opportunity for growth, flowering and the ultimate sharing of our fruits (projects)”
VITALITY - To feel our energy, our impulse to face the world
SEXUALITY- To develop our senses and feel the pleasure of being alive
CREATIVITY - It is the element of renovation that we must apply in our life, to put creativity in every day of our lives
AFFECTIVITY - To feel love, tenderness, respect in giving and receiving love among Human Beings
TRANSCENDENCE - To go beyond our own ego to reach higher levels of integration within Humanity, Nature and Universe
‘In a world like ours of genocide and hunger, torture and treason, in a world of endless abandonment, how can we start dancing? It seems a contradiction. However, our proposal is not only to dance, but also to activate, through specific dances, affective and communication potentials connecting us with ourselves, our fellow human being and nature.
How could we change the world, without changing ourselves?’ Rolando Toro Araneda
Antoinette Lorraine is from Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Antoinette Lorraine Her background was as a nutrition therapist and psychotherapist and her passion in dance began in 1990 with her own very powerful personal transformational experience 'Shamanic Awakening'.
She taught 5 rhythms dance for 12 years in UK and during that time also trained to be a teacher of Biodanza.
She has been doing Biodanza since 1992. She has been teaching Biodanza since 2000 and she was the first Biodanza teacher living in Netherlands who started the first weekly groups there and taught Biodanza there for 8 years.
She trained over 40 teachers in her school of Midden-Nederland, Utrecht before returning to UK.
She continues to work in Netherlands as well as internationally and is now Director of the IBF Rolando Toro School of Biodanza based in Bristol.
She has specialised in the areas of Biodanza Aquatica, The Minotaur Project, Biodanza with Children, Education to Affective Touch (Biodanza & Massage), Biodanza & Neo-Shamanism, Biodanza with Elderly, Pathways to Ecstasy, and she also specialises in introducing Biocentric ways of working within Companies both with employees and management and works as part of the Genesis Project Consultancy with Company Directors internationally.
Each year she organises a Biodanza Tribal Gathering in Netherlands for adults, adolescents & children sharing in the possibility of existing together in the Biocentric Way - respect, joy, harmony, cooperation and love - see website www.biodanza4all.com for youtube impression of the Tribal Gathering.
She is passionate to work with integrity, empathy, and pleasure and her experiences means that she has a lot of depth and understanding of the process of personal development. She knows Biodanza to be a profound system of transformation which gives deep motivations to live healthy and rich lives. She is sure this system, to those who are ready, is a pathway to help humanity in the search for love, serenity and raising of consciousness and awareness.As Rolanda Toro Araneda Creator the the Biodanza System said ' How could we change the world, without changing ourselves'
Antoinette also has a deep commitment to introducing Biodanza into social/clinical settings and has set up the yearly conference of Biodanza Social/Clinical Forum in the IBF Bristol School. Biodanza Aquatica Biodanza Aquatica Biodanza for Children Biodanza for Children Biodanza and Shamanism Biodanza & Shamanism Biodanza for Children Biodanza & Affective Touch