Biodanza through time and worldwide

Biodanza in the world

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BIODANZA CARACAS Caracas - Venezuela: 10.500000, -66.916667
ASSOCIATION BIODANZA CANADA: 45.526450, -73.598058
AFRIQUE DU SUD: -30.559482, 22.937506
ALLEMAGNE: 51.165691, 10.451526
ARGENTINE: -38.416097, -63.616672
AUSTRALIE: -25.274398, 133.775136
AUTRICHE: 47.516231, 14.550072
BELGIQUE: 50.503887, 4.469936
BRÉSIL: -14.235004, -51.925280
CANADA: 56.130366, -106.346771
CHILI: -35.675147, -71.542969
COLOMBIE: 4.570868, -74.297333
CUBA: 21.521757, -77.781167
ÉQUATEUR: -1.831239, -78.183406
SALVADOR: 13.794185, -88.896530
Gatineau: 45.476545, -75.701272
Laval: 45.606649, -73.712409
Montréal: 45.501689, -73.567256
Québec: 46.803283, -71.242796
Sainte-Julie: 45.592500, -73.342699
Sherbrooke: 45.400993, -71.882429
Longueuil: 45.536944, -73.510713
McMasterville: 45.548874, -73.223393
Farnham: 45.283132, -72.974807
Mille-Iles: 45.815693, -74.219633
Piedmont: 45.894502, -74.124203
Rawdon: 46.044738, -73.710612
Val David: 46.030641, -74.206284
ESPAGNE: 40.463667, -3.749220
ÉTATS-UNIS: 37.090240, -95.712891
FRANCE: 46.227638, 2.213749
GRÈCE: 39.074208, 21.824312
PAYS-BAS: 52.132633, 5.291266
IRLANDE: 53.412910, -8.243890
ISRAEL: 31.046051, 34.851612
ITALIE: 41.871940, 12.567380
JAPON: 36.204824, 138.252924
LUXEMBOURG: 49.815273, 6.129583
MARTINIQUE: 14.641528, -61.024174
MEXIQUE: 23.634501, -102.552784
NICARAGUA: 12.865416, -85.207229
NORVÈGE: 60.472024, 8.468946
PÉROU: -9.189967, -75.015152
PORTUGAL: 39.399872, -8.224454
ROYAUME-UNI: 55.378051, -3.435973
RÉPUBLIQUE DOMINICAINE: 18.735693, -70.162651
SLOVÉNIE: 46.151241, 14.995463
SUISSE: 46.818188, 8.227512
URUGUAY: -32.522779, -55.765835
VENEZUELA: 6.423750, -66.589730


Ever since it was created by Rolando Toro Araneda in the 60’s, Biodanza has greatly developed and spread all around the world. Over 4.000 qualified professionals now offer weekly classes and several other Biodanza activities in over 40 countries.

The International Biocentric Foundation (IBF) is at the head of the International Biodanza movement. A large amount of information is available in many languages on the IBF site.

A worldwide movement

Biodanza as a worldwide movement is in full growth, making it easily possible for anyone to join a class or a workshop anywhere in the world.

The history of Biodanza: creation and expansion

Biodanza was created by Rolando Toro Araneda (1924-2010) in Chili, during the 60’s. He was a psychologist, anthropologist, poet and artist. He developed a proposition of dance and music while working with his patients at the University of Santiago’s Psychiatric Hospital. It became the foundation of Biodanza. At that time Biodanza was called Psychodanza. Immediate results on the patients’ well-being, as well as the seriousness of the method, quickly assured Biodanza recognition as a first choice practice. Since 1970 Biodanza was listed on the curriculum of the University of Chili, and spread simultaneously Argentina, Brasil and throughout Latin America.

In the 80’s, Rolando Toro Araneda settled in Europe where he introduced Biodanza. As he felt the interest growing, he created the first school to train Biodanza facilitators. He gave careful consideration to creating the International Biocentric Foundation (IBF); its role is to watch over Biodanza worldwide, whether it concerns spreading it around the world, the creation of regulations, and the protection of the method or the registered trademark.

As of this date, about a hundred schools offer the same Biodanza facilitators’ training program, as was certified by its creator, namely: Biodanza Rolando Toro System. Today, Biodanza is in full expansion.

Biodanza in Canada

Jean-Yves Bourdages, a psychologist and Biodanza facilitator from Québec, introduced and developed the practice of Biodanza in Canada in 1986. He led several workshops in Montreal for a few years, after which the practice faded out. Biodanza was reintroduced at the beginning of the year 2000, thanks to Michel Loignon’s initiative and perseverance. In the fall of 2003, this passionate man was able to link his perseverance with the generosity of three european facilitators: Hélène Lévy-Benseft, Isabelle Lorétan Dettwiler and Olivier Dettwiler. Together they opened the École de BiodanzaRolando Toro de Montréal, the first school to be created and to train facilitators in North America.