Biodanza is a form of South American touchy feely hippy dancing*. I experienced a Biodanza class on Friday in Brighton with Marcelo Di Matteo one the UK’s most experienced instructors and had a good time.
I enjoyed the (often Latin) music, friendly people and letting it all hang out for a couple of hours. There was a lot of very unbritish handholding, eye contact and dancing with complete strangers which I both enjoyed and found a bit much at times. I can see how people crying out for contact and connection would love this stuff, sorely needed in the modern world. On the other hand sometimes a man wants to be and island, and you can’t force lovin.
We did some movement exercises similar to those I use in Holistics but perhaps a bit more intimate. There are around 400 Biodanza exercises in total I’m told and I’m curious to experience more. I think I’ll pop along to the regular Brighton class at the Natural Health Centre and see what this group is like. If you want to get in touch with your own joie de vivre and a bunch of other people’s too I’d recommend Biodanza Brighton.
*or “Biodanza is a system of affective integration, organic renovation and a re-education in original life functions, based on vivencias (intense experiences in the here and now) created through movement, music, dance and encounter situations within a group. Biodanza has therapeutic elements but is not a therapy. The Biodanza System was created in the 1960’s by Rolando Toro Araneda.”