The Founder of BiodanzaRolando Toro Araneda

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Biodanza is a system that uses music, dance and group interaction to connect you to your joy, maximize your potential, enhance your creativity and having fun while you develop your quality of life. It's application facilitates the path that goes FROM KNOWLEDGE TO EXPERIENCE!

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OUR POTENTIAL CAN BE DEVELOPED. We find the way towards health through the expression of our genetic potential. This can be expressed throught five universal functions common to everybody. These groups are called LINES OF VIVENCIA.

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The Founder of Biodanza
Rolando Toro Araneda

Today tens of thousands of people dance their lives together all over the world and over 4.000 Biodanza facilitators
continue Biodanza’s dream of a world dancing in peace together putting Life first.


Founder of BiodanzaRolando Toro Araneda (1924-2010) is the founder of Biodanza,
which is now practiced throughout Europe, South America, North America, South Africa and Japan.


Born in Concepcion, Chile, on 19 April 1924, Rolando followed many careers, including school teacher, psychiatrist, medical researcher, poet, artist,
African art collector and anthropologist – all of which contributed to the development of Biodanza – his life’s work.

Rolando held numerous academic posts over the years, including Chair of Psychology of Expression at the Institute of Aesthetics of the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile.

He lived in many different countries in the course of his life, including Argentina, Brazil and Italy. In 1998 he returned to his native country of Chile,
where he ‘hung his hat’ until his passing in 2010 – still dancing and travelling the world, giving his last workshop just one week before his passing.
Always full of life and expression – living life overflowing and in abundance!

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The Founder of Biodanza’s Motivation


The Founder of BiodanzaOn the origins and emergence of Biodanza, Rolando 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” (great revelation) 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.

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The founder

ROLANDO TORO ARANEDA was born in Conception, Chile, on 1924. A PSYCHOLOGIST AND ANTHROPOLOGIST. Between 1968 and 1973 he started his first experience with Biodanza. Today BIODANZA is on Four Continents and has around 200 Schools!

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Biodanza is a system that uses music, dance and group interaction to connect you to your joy, maximize your potential, enhance your creativity and having fun while you develop your quality of life. It's application facilitates the path that goes FROM KNOWLEDGE TO EXPERIENCE!

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Biodanza is a system that uses music, dance and group interaction to connect you to your joy, maximize your potential, enhance your creativity and having fun while you develop your quality of life. It's application facilitates the path that goes FROM KNOWLEDGE TO EXPERIENCE!

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