"It's just the best way to really get to the truth of what's going on for me."
– Josie - UK
– Josie - UK
Easy Always an invitation, opportunity, offering: to be taken now or next time, now or next time, now or next time. Your own dance Your steps, your pace, your energy level, makes biodanza work for you whatever age, fitness or flexibility. Authentically you A space to be with whatever moves in you. Time without words Opening to the deepest sense of connection. Humanity first Biodanza puts our humanity firmly before our social conventions. And it feels like coming home.
The hallmark of health is feeling good. It is the source and the product, the signpost and the destination. To feel good is nature's way of showing the right path collectively, uniquely and individually for us. To feel good is the sign that we have asked for. Biodanza recreates an environment, a garden of Eden if you like, where we re-practice and relearn simple pleasures. The pleasure of walking, the pleasure of holding a hand, the pleasure of seeing another and of being seen. We do this because it changes us: In a deep and cellular way we become more at ease in the world; more at ease with ourselves and others; more expecting of good feeling and of good things. The whiskers of simple pleasure come to guide us, yes to this, no to that.
LINES OF ENGAGEMENT Rolando Torro asked a thousand people what they cared about. The answers fell into five themes or lines. It is living to our potential in these five lines that biodanza works towards.
THE STRUCTURE OF A CLASS What happens and why Each session, known as a vivencia, is structured to create a journey through one or more of the lines of engagement. With each piece of music we take a step. Each step is simple, as simple as walking perhaps. But each step is part of an invitation to get closer to our nature, the way we have always known it. We dance alone, with others, with one other, with many others, with the group. Always your dance the way you do it, always an invitation, never an obligation, no expectations, no possibility of success or failure, just opportunity after opportunity to feel something good.
Each Exercise Each exercise is introduced, the teacher demonstrates, the dance begins. This extra level of facilitation allows the teacher to guide the class in a more precise way that takes the class to at a more cohesive destination.
The Session The session builds on our energy then drops into relaxation and tranquility before rising again in preparation for onward journeys. Each session is between one and two hours (shorter for open classes, longer for group classes).
Open Classes Open classes are always suitable for people new to Biodanza as well as dancers with more experience. They are vibrant, fun, and energising. Open classes differ from the deepening classes by having a lighter touch, more focus on individual dance and a gentle introductory approach to contact. Deepening Classes If you are ready for more ask about the deepening classes. These classes offer a space for fuller expression. The content of the group classes is more as you see in the video made by Dorset school director Niraj featured above. Having done a little biodanza we become more comfortable and at ease with the process, more able to drink deeply from our connection with the group and more trusting of each other. Entry to the deepening class is by invitation, usually via the open classes. All biodanza groups can generally be joined at any time, including for one off sessions. It is simply that participation in the deepening classes requires a grounding in biodanza semantics gained through experience.