What should I wear to the class?
You should wear something loose like a tracksuit bottom and tee shirt. Classes are normally bare foot. Avoid using hard shoes, trainers or socks (unless with sole grip), but soft dancing shoes are welcome as well. Avoid long or tight dresses, long skirts, watches and big jewels.
I can't dance…!
No problem: anyone who can move can participate. The exercises are based on simple movements, some more energetic, some softer. The are no steps to follow and the class is non-competitive. If you have a specific disability, injury or illness, phone or inform the facilitator in advance of the class and s/he can advise. Our suggestion is: "you do what you can do and you don't do what you can't…"
What is Biodanza Vital Development like or similar to?
The closest parallel are: some of the five rhythms dances; and the creative movement and expression workshops that are commonly available to students enrolled in professional acting or dance schools. There are also some similarities with contact improvisation. But generally speaking: Biodanza Vital Development IS UNIQUE!
Will I have to talk?
We have a brief introductory talk at the beginning of each class. During the class we recommend not to talk, as our aim is to do all the talking "through our bodies".
Am I too old?
The workshops accept all kind of people from 18 to 100 years old! If you suffer any kind of medical condition, please ask your doctor if this class is suitable for you; and please inform your Teacher in advance of the class of any particular or serious medical condition you may have.
How big is the group?
The groups are mixed and go from a range of 5 participants to around 25-40. There are not limitations in the quantity and they may only exist related to the type of workshop, the venue and any particular characteristic of the group.
What is a Vivencia ?
It is a workshop appropriate for people without or brief previous experience in movement and dance. If you haven't done Biodanza Vital Development before ( or a similar system), or if you have attended dance workshops for less than 2-3 months on a regular basis you may consider yourself a beginner.
Can I arrive late for or leave the Vivencia early?
We suggest to arrive in time and do all the exercises from the very beginning, as this will help you warm up your muscles in a progressive way with the rest of the group. Because the Vivencia is a total experience from the beginning to the end, we would suggest to the participants not to arrive late or leave the Vivencia early, unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. If you need to get out of the class for any reason, please do so quietly, respecting the atmosphere of the class. We also recommend not to leave the Vivencia for a long while.
Should I take all the Vivencias proposed in the Program?
If you wish to that maybe a wonderful trip! Saying this we can add that self regulation and care of your body and emotions are escential part of Vital development and Vital dance of transformation. So: enjoy the experience, the venue, the group and take care with love of the most important thing you have: YOURSELF!
Is Biodanza Vital Developmewnt rooted or based on science and philosophy?
It may be called" the art of a enjoyment and well-being”. We induce movements and exercises that have the consequence of releasing specific hormones and neurotransmitters. In this way we can find Biological basis in the method.
This exercises are carefully selected and delivered to the participants and have direct effects improving wellbeing, relaxation, stress releasing, softening of the "rings of tension and bodily armours", and fluidity in our movements.
The affect of the music is taken from the researches and experiences of Don Campbell (Mozart Effect).
Other philosophical, psychological and scientific inputs had been taken from the many branches of what we can generally call the "embodied mind" approach, taking care if the intellectual input of thinkers and researches like: Jean Merleau Ponty, Fritjof Capra, Carl Gustav Jung, Claudio Naranjo, David Bohm, Alberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Mircea Eliade, and Wilhelm Dilthey, Jean Huoston, Daniel Goleman, Dalay Lama, Deepack Chopra , among others.