Biodanza Rolando Toro System Model School – Antwerp
Director: Annette Heynderickx
All Biodanza Schools are under the co-ordination of the BRT, institution that directs the application of the Biodanza System in the world. The Schools follow a Regulations Orientation which contains the rules here listed and the Unique Biodanza Training Program, which cannot be changed in any way.
The student who desires to undertake the Biodanza training course will have to present him\herself to the Director of the Training School he\she intends to register at.
After having partaken in a minimum of fifty hours of vivencia, with the exception of particular cases based on the educational-formative criterion expressed by the Teaching Body, the student interested will have to be presented by a Tutor Teacher, who will certify for the student’s previous participation to the minimum of 50 hours of vivencia required, or present a certificate released by a qualified Teacher which confirms the previous participation to a minimum 50 hours of vivencia.
In particular cases, exceptions accepted by the School Director, the student who does not meet the minimum of 50 hours required will be able to complete the remaining hours required contemporarily during the first six months of training.
To register at the School, the person interested will receive a copy of the school rules which will have to be read, undersigned in acceptance and returned to the Director.
Following which the Director will give the person who is applying, a registration form to be filled out, signed and returned.
The person applying will have to authorize the Director, in written form, to communicate his\her personal data to the Biodanza Rolando Toro
4. How to articulate a training course
4.1- The Program and the activities
The training course has an average duration of three and a half years during which one completes the Unique Biodanza Training Program. This program is made up of 28 theoretical-vivencial workshops regarding the specific topics of the theory and methodology of Biodanza and conferences (theoretical-vivencial seminars) on theoretical topics related to Biodanza (every conference is followed by its respective vivencia and the number of conferences has to be a minimum of three and a maximum of eight according to the criterion of the Director); one or two Minotaur Project workshops, both optional.
Every workshop is structured by a theoretical part and a vivencial part.
Educational and formative hand outs relative to the topic of each workshop will be given.
In the countries where the book Biodanza by Rolando Toro is published, it will be the text for the training course.
During the methodology workshops a catalogue of music corresponding to the exercises of the Official list of exercises, enunciations and music of Biodanza, will be handed out.
The topic of the last seven workshops of the Unique Training program is the methodology of Biodanza. In these workshops the student will gain the methodological tools necessary for teaching Biodanza.
At the end of the second academic year only the students considered to be in adequate conditions will be admitted to the third academic year and will be able to do the practical training and present a thesis so as to receive the title of Biodanza Teacher.
Those who are not considered to be in the adequate conditions will not be able to participate in the workshops of the third academic year and at the end of the second year will receive a certificate of participation which DOES NOT authorize them to work as Biodanza Teachers.
The conditions considered adequate are the following:
- students with 70% attendance for the first and second academic year;
- students in good mental conditions;
- absence of addictions to alcohol and drugs.
4.2- Supervised Practical Training
The Unique Biodanza Training Program establishes that in order to obtain the qualification to teach it is necessary to become a student in practical training first, namely to have the experience of conducting a Biodanza group under supervision.
The student can begin the practical training only after having received an official authorization signed by the School Director.
With the approval of the student’s tutor, the other tutors of the Tutor Teaching Body and the School Director, the student who will have written 80% of the theoretical reports relative to the workshops of the first and second academic year, will have attended regularly the weekly course and have a maximum number of three missed workshops to be made up, can be authorized to begin the practical training after the Methodology V workshop.
The practical training consists in a sequence of Biodanza sessions carried out by the student and supervised by the student’s Didactic Tutor Teacher, who will be the supervisor responsible for the practical training.
In the case where the student’s tutor does not also hold a formative qualification, the student will decide with the Director the Didactic Tutor Teacher who will undertake the supervision
If the student desires it to be so, it is possible that a maximum of two of the eight supervisions are done by another formative tutor who is a part of the School’s Teaching Body.
A minimum of six of the eight supervisions have to be made by the student’s Didactic Tutor Teacher, who will be the supervisor responsible for the practical training.
If the student expresses the desire to be supervised by the School Director, it is possible that four supervisions be made by the student’s Didactic Tutor Teacher and the remaining four by the Director.
The sessions of the practical training can be conducted by one or two students in practical training. Supervisions sessions conducted by more than two students in practical training are not valid.
The practical training group will be organized by the student him\herself. The student in practical training will have to organize new participants for his\her practical training group.
He\She can invite some friends from his\her Training cycle, whose presence can be of support.
If after the eight supervisions the evaluation made by the supervisor responsible reveals that there are still some gaps to be filled, the Director will demand that more supervisions be carried out, always by the same Didactic Tutor Teacher supervisor.
In the case in which the supervisor responsible is not available for carrying out the supplementary supervisions, he\she will be requested to appoint another Training Tutor Teacher whom he\she trusts to replace him\her, with the joint consensus of the School Director and the student in practical training.
If the student has the desire to continue conducting his\her practical training group after the first eight supervisions, he\she can do so with a monthly supplementary supervision conducted by the supervisor responsible for his\her practical training, until the attainment of the title of Biodanza Teacher.
The student who desires to carry out his\her practical training with a group of children, will be required to receive a minimum number of fourteen (14) supervisions: eight with the group of children and six with a group of grown ups.
The student in practical training can not conduct Biodanza sessions within institutions without the presence of his\her supervisor.
The flyer used by the student in practical training will have to be elaborated based on the model indicated by the School.
The student in practical training can not make any kind of publicity, for example, through the press (daily newspapers, magazines, etc.), the television network, the radio, internet or any other means of communication.
The publicity of the student in practical training can not be made within the groups of other students in practical training or other Teachers.
The pay for the student in practical training will not be inferior to the average amount asked by the qualified teachers in the city where the practical training is held.
The student can not conduct Biodanza workshops of any kind.
During and after the practical training, until the attainment of the title of Biodanza Teacher, each student will be allowed to conduct only one weekly Biodanza session and is not authorized to conduct Biodanza workshops of any kind or duration.
Having received the Directors authorization to begin practical training, the student will have a maximum of two years to complete the formative course, including the realization of the practical training and the elaboration and presentation of the thesis.
After this required deadline has lapsed the student will have to attend all seven methodology workshops again and re-conduct a practical training session and pay for the relative costs required.
At the end of the practical training the student will have to write a thesis on a subject approved by the School Director, regarding a theoretical and or practical aspect of Biodanza. The theoretical subject will have to regard one or more aspects of the theory of Biodanza and the practical subject will have to regard the practical training group.
The thesis will be written with the support of the Didactic Tutor Teacher responsible for the supervision of the candidate’s practical training. Once elaborated the thesis will have to receive two supervisions:
- the first will be realized by the Didactic Tutor Teacher responsible for the student’s practical training;
- the second, also called “final supervision”, will be realized by the School Director.
The criterion for the evaluation of the thesis includes the following:
- theoretical and methodological consistency and precision;
- coherence with the Biocentric Principle;
- correct editing and aesthetic presentation of the work.
Every hour of supervision for the thesis will be paid for in the same amount as for an hour of practical training supervision.
4.4-The thesis presentation ceremony for obtaining the diploma and title of Biodanza Teacher
At the end of the training course and before the presentation of the thesis, and of the eventual awarding of the title of Biodanza Teacher, the Director communicates to the BRT, or to the institution or person appointed by them, the complete formative curriculum of the student.
The curriculum has to contain:
- the number of practical training sessions conducted with their relative date of occurrence and location where they took place;
- the name of the supervisor responsible for the practical training and his\her comments on the student’s practical training;
- the title of the thesis and the comments regarding it, made by the supervisor responsible for the practical training;
- the comments on the thesis made by the Director and the respective approval expressed by the Director him\herself.
The presentation of the thesis will have to be organized and presided over by the Director of the School where the student is registered at, and presented in front of a commission of a minimum of three Didactic Tutor Teachers: the School Director him\herself, the Didactic Tutor Teacher supervisor responsible for the student’s practical training and a Didactic Tutor Teacher from the Tutor Teaching Body (the one who has most regularly attended the workshops of the student’s Training cycle).
In the case that the responsible Didactic Tutor Teacher supervisor in not able to participate, he\she can be replaced by another Didactic Tutor Teacher from the school’s Teaching Body, invited by the Director having heard the suggestions of the responsible supervisor him\herself.
In the case that Didactic Tutor Teacher who has most regularly attended the student’s Training cycle is not able to participate, he\she can be replaced by another Didactic Tutor Teacher, who can be or not be part of the School’s Teaching Body, upon invitation of the director.
The thesis presentation ceremony will have to take place on the premises of the School where the student is registered at, avoiding collective events with other Schools or congresses or other events by theme.
Once the thesis has been presented and has received the final approval of the Director, with the previous consensus of the other commission members, the Director him\herself, will communicate the commission’s judgement to the Scuolatoro Cooperative.
The judgement of the commission communicated by the Director to the Biodanza Rolando Toro will be confirmed by the Biodanza Rolando Toro who will then issue the title of Biodanza Teacher with the respective diploma containing the international registration number.
The Biodanza Rolando Toro will give the new teacher the list of rights and duties concerning Biodanza Teachers.
4.5- The theory written report
The student in training is required to produce a written report regarding the theory presented in each workshop, and to hand it to his\her tutor, who will read it and return it to the student with a brief written comment.
Periodically, (about every six months) the tutor will inform the Director on the regularity with which the student presents his\her written reports and will express his\her comment on the reports.
4.6A- Attendance to the workshops and theoretical-vivencial seminars of the Unique Training program
The student has the obligation to attend the total number of the workshops and seminars of the School where he\she is registered at. All absences will have to be justified.
In the case of an absence to a workshop and or a theoretical-vivencial seminar of the training course, these will have to be made up for preferably with the group of the following cycle of the School where the student is registered at, or, as a second option, in another School.
It is possible to make up for a workshop in another School for a maximum of two workshops relative to each academic year.
Even though all the Rolando Toro System Biodanza Schools follow a Unique Program, the training course implies a process guided by a specific Director within a specific group.
The eventual participation in workshops of other schools for making up missed workshops may not hinder the course underway at that School.
Every time that a student makes up for a workshop at another School he\she, then, has to give the respective attendance certificate to the Director of the School he\she is registered at.
In the case that the date of a workshop or a theoretical-vivencial seminar of the training course coincides with the date of a workshop or seminar to be made up at another school, the student will have to attend the workshop or seminar at the School he\she is registered at.
The student will then find, together with his\her School Director, a new option for making up the missed work.
If the student misses a workshop or a theoretical-vivencial seminar for a justifiable reason, he\she will nevertheless have to pay 50% of the total cost of the given course.
If the student will make up for the missed workshop or seminar at his\her School, he\she will be required to only pay for the remaining 50% of the respective cost. If on the other hand, the student will make up for the missed workshop or seminar at another School, he\she will have to pay for the total respective cost of the workshop or seminar.
The unjustified absence of a student to three or more training modules (workshop or seminar) will be considered as giving up or abandoning the training course and, by consequence, the Director can suspend the student’s registration at the School.
4.6B- Attendance to the regular weekly Biodanza sessions
The student is obliged to maintain a continuity of attendance at the weekly sessions conducted by a Tutor Teacher, as commitment to the training process.
Absences to the weekly sessions will have to be justified.
In the case in which the student lives somewhere where there are no weekly Biodanza sessions conducted by a teacher tutor, the student will have to attend a non-training Biodanza workshop every two months.
With the exception of particular cases, based on the educational-formative criterion expressed by the Teaching Body, The School recognizes as valid the weekly sessions and workshops conducted by the Tutor Teacher.
The respect of the rules guarantees the reliability of the course undertaken by those who aspire to become a Biodanza Teacher.
5. Unique Program for Biodanza Training
A) Mandatory Modules
A.1- Theoretical-vivencial workshops on specific topics of Biodanza
1. Definition and Theoretical Model of Biodanza
2. Vital Unconscious and Biocentric Principle
3. The Vivencia
4. Biological Aspects of Biodanza
5. Physiological Aspects of Biodanza
6. Psychological Aspects of Biodanza
7. Mythological and Philosophical predecessors of Biodanza
8. Identity and Integration
9. Trance and Regression
10. Contact and Caresses
11. The Human Movement
17. Biodanza and Neurosciences
18. Mechanisms of Action in Biodanza
19. Applications and Extensions of Biodanza
20. Biodanza, Ars Magna
21. Biodanza and Social Action
22. The Music in Biodanza
23. Methodology I (Musical semantics)
24. Methodology II (The Biodanza session)
25. Methodology III (The Biodanza session – continued)
26. Methodology IV (Biodanza weekly course and workshops)
27. Methodology V (The Biodanza group)
28. Methodology VI (Evaluation criterion of the development in Biodanza)
29. Methodology VII (In depth study of the Official List of exercises, presentations and music of Biodanza)
A.2- Theoretical-vivencial seminars on themes regarding the theory of Biodanza
Within a minimum of three and a maximum of eight, the number of theoretical-vivencial seminars is chosen with the criterion of the Director of each School. Every seminar is followed by a vivencia.
B) Optional Modules
B.1- Minotaur Project
One or two Minotaur Project workshops through out the training course, both optional.