Biodanza: To Dance with Life
Biodanza is a tremendously powerful and tender dance form which allows you to touch your deepest core, and bring all your treasures into the movement of your life.
Biodanza invites you to connect with and Be the fire inside your body, awakening your passion and pleasure in every movement, in every gesture and encounter, remembering what it is to live in natural ecstasy again.
There are no steps to learn and nothing complicated to do, and yet much to explore and experience inside yourself, in connection with others. Biodanza is a real opportunity to enhance your well being, to expand your heart, to feel enriched by Life and to meet others in a wonderful space of Joy surrounded by great music!
Altair leading a Biodanza session at the seventh Baltic Biodanza Festival in Riga, Latvia, as a special guest teacher
Biodanza classes in Worcestershire
Discover the REAL you!
Enjoy the amazing dance-based system that improves your relationships, self-confidence, and joy of life, the pleasurable way!
Do you enjoy Dancing?
Would you like more fun in your life?
Do you want to meet interesting people?
Do you like music?
Would you like more confidence?
Would you like to improve your ability to express yourself?
If you do, you’ll love Biodanza!
Here is a small clip on You Tube of Biodanza at a huge festival I taught at in Holland.
Biodanza in Malvern
Altair previously ran weekly classes for 10 years.
A new series of Biodanza sessions are starting in February 2022. Beginners are most welcome!
When you’re ready to join please complete the Registration form below. I will keep your email for further classes. Your details will never be shared with anyone else. There will also be Biodanza Holiday Retreats abroad from time to time, once travel restrictions are removed.
As seen on BBC 2, ‘Making Slough Happy’, and other TV slots, with rave reviews. Biodanza uses an eclectic and vibrant mix of Uplifting Latin music, Tribal drums, Soothing Classical, Hip Swaying Samba, and other Pulsating Music from around the World to move you profoundly! Make new friends. Come alone or bring your friends.
Please complete the registration form. This is required for insurance purposes> Biodanza Class Registration Form
Singles and couples are very welcome. No steps to learn! If you have ‘two left feet’, no problem: Biodanza will help you to dance again!
Venue: Malvern Vale Community Centre, Swinyard Road, Malvern WR14 1GU Best to enter Swinyard Rd from the Sayers Avenue end. Just keep following the road until you see the signs on the left for the Vale Community Centre. Large car park.
Time: 8pm to 10pm approx. Fridays, fortnightly
My Biodanza sessions are crafted around those I know who are attending, so it’s helpful for me to know in advance, ideally.
Contact Altair for further enquiries:
Telephone: 07855 108 777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The easiest way is to pay by BACS (bank transfer), online or completion of a form at your bank. You can choose to pay by cash. No cheques or credit card payments please.
Please email me when you’ve made a payment, so I can keep my records straight. Please enter your name as reference.
Name: Altair de Almeida
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Biodanza needs to be experienced to be understood. Reading about it or even watching videos are helpful but cannot explain how good it feels and how it can deepen your Joy of Life!
It is a scientifically proven system (Research shown below) of personal development aimed at improving your ability to communicate from your Heart, to improve the quality of your relationships and your sense of well being and happiness.
“Have you ever danced until you flew? Danced so hard, so fast, so freely that you reach a level of overwhelming, ecstatic joy? If you haven’t you should – it can change your life.” Mike Aldridge, Ecstasy through Dance, Namaste, Vol 9.
Biodanza works by opening your sense of joy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. It’s simple, direct and immediate. Ten minutes into a class, most people have already connected with their sense of inner joy – a joy similar to that of a two-year-old – confident, strong and from the heart. Biodanza works with this joy and with regular classes, this grows and strengthens.
This sense of joy and self-confidence carries over into people’s daily lives. Over time, people find that life becomes more joyful. People start reaching for what feeds them in life and begin to change those things that are less positive.
For an in-depth radio interview about Biodanza and Holistic Medicine, please click here.
Interview with world renowned researcher, Professor Dr. Marcus Stueck, University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
The benefits of a Biodanza class are that you will leave feeling happy, relaxed and in communication with people again. There is also a major biochemical and neurological rebalancing happening in the body – all towards a sense of well-being. For many people, these changes progressively lead towards profound changes in their lives.
What you do with these benefits is, of course, up to you and your current life situation. But generally people find their stress levels reduce, their communication improves and their relationships just get better.
“Our relationship came back to life through Biodanza. It was like falling in love again!” “I became more outgoing through regular classes. I was shy. That is now gone! I now have a partner. And that part of my life is now working for me!” “I needed to get over a divorce. Biodanza helped me regain my confidence. I really needed it!” Biodanza is a space dedicated to reconnecting couples with their love for themselves and each other. Biodanza has much to offer couples, those seeking to establish a couple or those recovering from the negative effect of a break-up. Where there are specific problems within a married couple, it is recommended that partners undertake professional counselling in conjunction with Biodanza. If in doubt, speak to your facilitator.
Born in Concepcion, Chile, 19th April 1924, he has followed many careers including school teacher, Psychologist, Medical researcher, Poet, Artist, African art collector and Medical Anthropologist. All have, in various ways, contributed to the development of Biodanza – his life’s work.
He has held many academic posts including Chair of Psychology of Expression at the Institute of Aesthetics of the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile.
He has published books of poetry and psychotherapy and has had exhibitions of his paintings in Brazil, Italy and France. He has lived in many countries including Argentina, Brazil and Italy. In 1998 he has returned to his native country of Chile. His motivation: to spread Biodanza around the world. There are over 100 Biodanza teacher training schools and 2500 teachers around the world. It is now danced on every inhabited continent in the world. Rolando Toro passed away on 16 February 2010, aged almost 86.
His Motivation to Create Biodanza
On the origins and emergence of Biodanza, he writes:
“Biodanza has emerged discreetly in my life. It has gathered strength slowly, awakening people’s interest, causing surprising changes in some participants, and above all creating a feeling of “epiphany” (manifestation of God) and hope in life.
“Biodanza arose in my personal experience and soon I discovered that its structure could be based in the Life Sciences and most particularly in Biology.
“I believe that there were many forces manifested within me to finally create this coming together of art, science and love.
“I was shaken by paradoxical, sometimes marvellous and sometimes terrifying experiences.
“The Second World War showed that humanity could reach inconceivable levels of perversity. Events such as the holocaust of millions of people under fascism and the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki revealed how far the degradation of the human race could go. The crisis of western culture was obvious – the global vision of human beings as “ill from civilisation.”
“On the other hand, I have lived experiences of ecstasy, in a mysterious and marvellous world. I have had children. I have made contact with the first Ecological groups.
“Faced with the abyss created by human contradictions, I felt a desire to conquer paradise, a shared paradise. I could not conceive of a solitary evolution. I wanted to find the source of original love.
“Everyone, for centuries, had heard about “love for our fellow man” as the purest truth of Christianity. The manifestation of human behaviour, however, had become increasingly dissociated and violent.
“Music was the universal language, the only thing everyone could understand in the Tower of Babel of the world.
“Dance was the ideal form capable of integrating body and soul. The dance experience offered all participants happiness, tenderness and strength.
“I also wanted to communicate this experience to a large number of people. From both these experiences and sensations, my desire to form small groups of people to dance, sing and meet within the music arose.
“So Biodanza became a way to share what was marvellous, together with others.”
Mike Aldridge, Ecstasy through Dance, Namaste, Vol 9.
“So how did I feel at the end of it all? Strangely cheerful and wholly invigorated. You will too.”
Peter Wagenaar, Shake the Blues Away, Pathways to Health.
“Move your body to the new dance therapy that could boost your immune system, not to mention your love life!… You leave feeling energetic and proud, maybe even a little bit sexy. Well, all that undulating has to unlock something, doesn’t it?”
Dance the heart-ache away, Cosmopolitan.
“I”m feeling wonderfully relaxed and uplifted… I feel good and strangely optimistic about everything… Many of the classmates head off to dinner together… (I am) feeling an amazing bond with these people… Biodanza is like that, helping you to make connections.”
Geoff Dalglish, Grab a Partner, Men’s Health December 2000
“Sure you’re stressed, who isn’t? A Biodanza class might be just what you need to bring some fun back into the mix. …. The Verdict: Totally rocks! Many systems relieve stress but few leave you feeling this blissfully happy. There’s also a sense of being open to whatever life brings you, and less stuck in your ways.”
Stress Busters 10, FHM, April 2004.
“Can two hours really make a difference to how you feel about your body? My experience is it can. I sashayed over to my car, a big grin inside and out, feeling as if I had shifted and shaken loose something critical and controlling within. I realised how seldom I listen to my body”s wisdom and how often I override its needs and pleasures. If I am to learn to truly love myself, what better place to start than with my body?”
Rosemary Miller, Movement into life, Odyssey magazine.
“I arrived home in the late afternoon, also strangely lamb like, in a very laid back state. Not once did I snap at my children or husband (something I usually do at least three times between 6.00pm and 8.00pm) and by 8.30pm I”d fallen into a deep sleep. My dreams took me to Buenos Aires where I proudly swivelled my hips, tossed my head and kissed the mirror.”
Marianne Holtman, The move we”re talking about, Shape March 2001.
“By the end of the class people are glowing and ready to take on the world. In fact some of them go out to dinner together and continue to share their new found zest for life.”
Penny Brewer, Dance like nobody is watching, Odyssey, August 2004
“Music itself teaches you to move. For example, if you play earth music with drums, your feet just want to move.”
Carolina Churba-Doyle, O the Oprah magazine South Africa, January 2005
“What if the path to an organisation”s well being did not involve arduous teambuilding exercises, long winded meetings or harrowing negotiations but something as simple and pleasurable as dancing?”
Christo van Staden, Let’s Dance, Sunday Times 13th April 2003
“It ignited my passion for life. It led to incredible joy over the last four years.”
“It opened places in my heart that had been closed tight. I fell in love with life again.”
“The most empowering process I have done in twenty years of personal work.”
“Thank you for the most magical and fruitful journey of my life, brought to me by you, through the gift of Biodanza! It has added vitality, joy, creativity and a sense of my own sensuality and affectivity – coupled with unique moments of transcendence!”
“The weekend was totally magical and for me it was a win-win! Loved every aspect he brought with such insight, sensitivity and humour.” HG
“Thanks so very much for a most wonderful weekend, which was not only interesting but inspiring. I found the lectures easy to understand and valuable to my life, and I came away from this weekend filled with a tenderness and love.” DdeM
“Just to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the weekend, it was truly wonderful and I feel as if I have experienced real life changing moments…. we shared moments of great power, intimacy and tenderness as we watched each one unfold and blossom!! For me personally it was a moment of the greatest aliveness I have ever experienced being fully alive in every fibre of my being, so thank you again!!!” CleR
“The weekend was wonderful and so informative. I understood Biodanza’s application in the world in a completely new way.” GV
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear to the Biodanza session?
You should wear something loose and comfortable like tracksuit bottoms and tee shirt. Loose-fitting dresses are fine too. Classes are normally barefoot.
I can’t dance!
No problem – anyone who can move can do Biodanza. The exercises are based on simple movements. If you have a specific disability or illness, phone the facilitator and s/he can advise.
Do you have to learn steps? I have had difficulty learning to Jive.
There are no steps to learn. For the duration of the class, we emphasise coming away from the intellect (which is what soceity is heavily immersed in, with the resulting devastating results-and feeling,) re-connecting with our body.
What is Biodanza like or similar to?
The closest parallel is a free movement and expression workshop that are commonly available to students enrolled in professional acting or dance schools.
Will I have to talk?
No. There is no talking once the class has started.
Is Biodanza a religion?
No. Biodanza is based on biology and is a profession in complementary health, with research (see research section) to confirm it’s positive effects.
Is Biodanza based on scientific principles?
Yes. Biodanza is essentially the “science of a party”. See the section on research.
Like most great discoveries, it was discovered by accident. Rolando Toro Araneda held a party in a psychiatric ward. He noticed he could not tell the difference between the patients and the staff. Everyone was happy and having a very good time.
This simple, basic observation led him to spend forty years exploring how music, simple movements and a “party atmosphere” could generate well-being and health in every category of human being.
The result has been a theoretical and empirically based method which has categorically helped hundreds of thousands of people reach higher states of well-being and self confidence.
See the section on Research below for further details of documented evidence of Biodanza’s empirically proven benefits.
For more information please contact Altair.
“To investigate Biodanza is like investigating a treasure deep in the ocean or to watch an infinite universe full of incredible beautiful miracles.” Professor Dr Marcus Stueck, of the Institute for Applied Psychology at the University of Leipzig.
Biodanza is used extensively by some psychologists in South America for its deeply therapeutic value. It speeds up therapy. It takes you out of “talk, talk”, puts you into the body and you cannot avoid how you actually feel. It puts you into direct social contact with people on a weekly basis. And the objective is to raise you into a state of happiness and excitement about life.
There are specific clinical groups that may be contra-indicated, or requiring specific / special needs. For further details, contact me.
Psychological Evaluation of Biodanza
Studies by Professor Dr Marcus Stueck, of the Institute for Applied Psychology at the University of Leipzig.
“Biodanza, a form of intervention intended to further health and well-being, originated in South America by Rolando Toro and encourages self-expression and self-management through music, dance and interaction. Since 1998, we have been investigating the influence of a 10-session Biodanza program on 150 subjects on various psychological (regulation of emotion, health, personal psychology), physiological (skin response, blood pressure) and immunological (immunglobulin A) variables.
“Initial results from the experimental-control-group study in Argentina and Germany reveal significant changes in psychological health and personality variables after 3 Months (Post 1). After a further 3 months without Biodanza, the effect could be seen to have stabilized. It could be shown that regular, long-term participation in Biodanza had positive effects on the experience and behaviour of the subjects.” Dr Stueck
Dr Marcus Stueck is an award winning researcher at the world famous Institute of Applied Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany. In 1995, whilst on a scientific expedition studying the behaviour and physiological reactions of high altitude mountaineers in the Andes, he came across Biodanza. Since then, he has devoted much of his professional life to the empirical study of Biodanza and its behavioural and physiological effects on participants. In the process, he has also trained as a Biodanza Facilitator.
Published Research Papers
Stück, M., Villegas, A., Schröder, H., Sack, U., Terren R.; Toro V.; & Toro R. (2004). Biodanza as Mirrored in the sciences: Research concerning the psychological, physiological and immunological effects of Biodanza. Zeitschrift “Moving on. Dance Therapy Association of Australia” DTAA Quarterly 2004, Vol.3, No 2
Stück, M.; Villegas, A.; Schröder, H.; Sack, U.; Terren R.; Toro V.; Toro R. (2004). Biodanza as Mirrored in the sciences: Research concerning the psychological, physiological and immunological effects of Biodanza. Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol.31, No 3
Stück, M. (2004) Bewältigung psychischer Fehlbelastungen in der Schule: Intervention mit Tanzelementen für Lehrer: „Lerne, das Leben zu tanzen“ (Biodanza). Schulpsychologischer Tag Sachsen, Abstrakt-Band
Stück, M.; Sack,U.; Villegas,A.; Terren,R.; Toro V. (2004) Psycho-neuro-immunological effects of a new psychological Interventionmethod BIODANZA. 28th International Congress of Psychology (Weltkongress Peking/China, ICP2004). Abstrakt-Band.
Stück,M.; Schröder,H.; Villegas,A.; Terren,R.; Toro V. (2004) Psychological effect-evaluation of a new psychological Interventionmethod BIODANZA. 28th International Congress of Psychology (Weltkongress Peking/China, ICP2004). Abstrakt-Band.
Sack, U., K. Meier, K. Bauer, M. Stueck: Psycho-immunological evaluation of stress prevention by Biodanza. 3rd Leipzig Research Festival for Life Sciences, 10. Dezember 2004. Zwickau: Verlag Leipzig: Universität Leipzig (2004), 98