Monday, July 18, 2011

BIODANZA rocks the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

Just back from a weeklong Biodanza Encounter in the USA as the Omega Institute for Holisitc Studies. It’s in Rhinebeck, NY, just 90 minutes north of NYC. To think it had been in “my back yard” when I was living in CT all those years! What a fantastic place! From the incredible grounds to the superb workshop offerings, Omega was everything I thought it would be and more.

First off, it was such an honor to be invited to present Biodanza at this prestigious institute, top of the top in the USA. Omega hosts the likes of Thich Nhat Hanh, Caroline Myss, Byron Katie, Eckhardt Tolle...all some of my favorites....and now, BIODANZA and me.

It was “Arts Week” at Omega during my time there and there were 13 workshops being offered. Writing, singing, performing, flowers, trapeze, watercolor, mandalas, comedy improv, photography and DANCE, of course, were part of the repertoire of choices.

Biodanza is definitely an “art”. One of our training weekends is “Ars Magna” , the Great Art of living. For when Rolando created Biodanza, he did so with the hopes that people would learn how to LIVE better and more productive lives with LIFE and LOVE at the center of humanity. In this sense, it was really very appropriate that Biodanza be at the Arts Week program at Omega.

I was just so amazed by all the people I met. People come to Omega to recharge their batteries, so to speak, and to discover the potential that is deep inside them. And indeed, I met so many talented people this week! Brave people who got up on stage to do comedy improv, sing, present their photography for all to see and to dance.

Omega is a no phone zone, for the most part, so it’s a place where you can be present with the space, the people, the work. I loved it. It puts people in the mood to reconnect again with each other and set aside the daily drone.

The Biodanza community that was created at Omega is a pioneering effort since this was the 1st USA Encounter of Biodanza on the East Coast. Yes, indeed, the group should be applauded for its sheer tenacity to show up and be. Be present. Be real. Be.

Our sampler class was HUGE with 50 people +- in the Movement Studio and lots of smiling faces. Young and old alike connected in simple yet profound ways in this session. I was so thrilled to see the interest! But after 3 days, there was a Biodanza Buzz on campus and they just HAD to come check it out! :)

The Biodanza Showcase that same day generated the same wow factor. In front of 200 Omega participants, Biodanceros invited others to come up to the front where we showed a little bit of what Biodanza in all about. Wow! We had so many people up on the dance floor and all were having FUN and moving to the tunes.

I felt joy most of this week as I delved into a full week of vivencia (8 classes in all) and this joy motivates me to keep on keepin’ on as I plant the seeds of Biodanza here on the East Coast USA.

I am pumped up about the NYC classes and Philadelphia seems to be taking off. There is some action to be happening in Virginia Beach, too, and of course, my Maryland classes continue to enrich me weekly.

Ooooo the 2nd USA School of Biodanza in on the horizon! I can just feel it! Fall of 2012 will continue with another gift to humanity given by Rolando Toro....the 1st East Coast USA Biodanza School! yeah!!

Sending you blessing and peace


IBF Didactic Facilitator and Director of the IBF Maryland/DC School of Biodanza

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Biodanza Rolando Toro School of Biodanza NYC


East Coast USA School of Biodanza 2011 from NYC to DC!

The Rolando Toro School of Biodanza will open in 2011 and will open it's doors for students from along the Eastern seaboard from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, to DC and beyond....who is brave enough to let the love into his/her life?

Biodanza was created and founded by Chilean Rolando Toro. There are over 100,000 people who practice Biodanza worldwide and 2,500 +- official IBF Biodanza facilitators worldwide.

Many other modalities exist that might appear to be like the original Biodanza, but only one is the authentic modality created by Rolando Toro. The fabulous movement magazie Conscious Dancer ( has featured IBF Biodanza twice in its magazine pointing out the places and spaces where IBF Biodanza can be practiced.

The first school of IBF Biodanza in the USA is in San Francisco, headed by Belisa Amaro, and many of the IBF certified facilitators are working in the Bay area. Carmen Aranda is in the LA area facilitating there. Stephie Bloch is in the Miami area, Luz Arteaga is in Queens, NY and Paola Bolzan is in the DC area. Michelle Dubreuil Macek facilitates in NYC and Maryland and does workshops in Miami. She will be the Director of the IBF Rolando Toro School of Biodanza.

for more info: or email me at

Sunday, October 17, 2010



Join our growing community of Biodanceros in New York City who are forming the pioneering NYC group of Biodanza. Below is the schedule of our classes for the rest of 2010. I hope you can join us for a class to see what the buzz is about.

Conscious Dancer magazine has featured Biodanza twice ( in issues #10 and #12 and the New York Times has mentioned Biodanza in an article about dancing without the need for booze and drugs. (

Biodanza is a powerful system of authentic movement that provides community and connection in this world where these two elements are sorely missing.

Why not come give it a try?

Future Dates and Times:

Oct 2 7-9pm w/Michelle

Oct 9 2-4pm w/Daniel

Oct 16 7-9pm w/Michelle

Oct 23 6-8pm w/Daniel

Nov 6 7-9pm w/Michelle

Nov 13 6-8pm w/Daniel

Nov 20 4-6pm w/Michelle

Dec 4 7-9pm w/Daniel

Dec 11 6-8pm w/Michelle

Jan 15 6-8pm Michelle

Jan 22 6-8pm Michelle

1-410-736-9311 to discuss more with Michelle

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Message from Rolando Toro, creator of Biodanza

MESSAGE FROM ROLANDO TORO, creator of the Biodanza system worldwide

The Biodanza Professor

The Biodanza professor formation consists essentially in discovering a mission, transmit the state of grace, show new ways to pursue love and awake the enlightened consciousness.

Frequently people carry a wrong identity. They reduce their existence to the demands of a poor or toxic environment

If men feel insignificant, their actions are insignificant as well.

The inferiority self image creates monsters. Many people don't know they carry inside a divinity

The essential nature of human is the eternal life's celebration. This condition revels an enlighten vision on himself and on the world.

The inner enlightening is not a personal privilege. To be enlightened for himself is not enough. Our light is for enlighten who remain in the darkness, for be able to see their essence and transmit to them the light.

To live, is a very special opportunity, is the opportunity to perceive "the eternal human" and to feel in the body the life's sacredness.

There is inside us something bigger and more marvellous than we think or do

If we don't connect with that eternal depth feeling we are poor mortals full of difficulties, our life turns insignificant.

To acquire that connection with the life's splendour is essential. Actually the enlighten, of which frequently speaks like an exceptional phenomenon full of mystic and occasional connotations, is a natural conditions of all human been. It's about a change of vision of us and the meaning of life. It's a new way of bonding to other people and face the difficulties like part of our alchemic job, accepting abundance and beauty that love generates.

We are much more than we generally think. We are cosmic creatures able to love and create beauty.

If we don't assume the greatness, we become assassins and our life turns insignificant.

To my joy, carry on the highest task our existence can embrace: To give back to the world the life sacredness.

Rolando Toro Santiago de Chile, 02/14/2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

New in the making!


April 9th 2010 Miami Discovery Class

April 17th NYC Biodanza4Life! @ 440 Studios 5pm to 7pm

April 24th Takoma Park, MD @ Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 7pm to 9pm

April 25th Silver Spring MD @ Crossings : Special Family/Community Biodanza event in conjunction with DanceMetro/DC "Dance is the Answer" event!
10:30 am to noon....bring your family, friends, etc... for one low price!

April 28th Biodanza for Moms/Dads&Tots at the Liz Lerman Exchange in Takoma Park MD
7 weeks, every Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 am

May 22nd NYC "The Joy of Dance" @Bodibalance 7pm to 9pm

June 12th NYC "Summer Heat" @ Bodibalance time: TBA

June 25th Bethesda, MD "Biodanza-Connections to Life!" at Carderock 7p to 10pm

for more info:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010



by Rolando Toro Araneda

Because the end is the beginning
where young and old
contemplate each other
turn your face to the old orchards,
to the parting ship which is drifting away,
with all your childhood in its dark hold
turn towards infinite with an absent face
like the astronaut that has lost its way
time disappears when you look inside
and initiate the resurrection of the dead final
only your heart will assist the final judgement.

"The impossible can happen"Rolando Toro Araneda

Rolando Toro Araneda


It is with such sadness that I write about the peaceful passing of the creator of Biodanza, Rolando Toro Araneda. Born in Concepcion, Chile in 1924, Rolando lived a life of passion and conviction and spent his days traveling the world disseminating the teachings of the biocentric way of life and Biodanza. He will be greatly missed by thousands of Biodanceros worldwide. We will indeed need to learn how to dance without the maestro guiding us along the way. He has left his greatest legacy to humanity in Biodanza and that is here to to stay. May his wish to dance the world into happiness, joy and connectivity come true! "Courage!" he would tell us....

"When you have courage to be faithful to your soul, you are in touch with your interior luminosity and know where to take your next steps in life.” - Rolando Toro