When I chose the “afro dance”, I thought of the roots of my culture and my desire to share the part of my life connected to it. This “dance of my land” met with the dance therapy. For me, it was important to conduct this theme related to my origin in an ethnic, anthropological and socio-cultural context, in which the life of a people and its dance become the same thing.
And the curiosity of this dance lived in another people with similarities and differences that are enriched. A type of dance that could represent everyone’s freedom to get in touch with their own primitiveness. The Brazilian Afro dance is the exhibition of the most secret joys and sorrows that are transformed into strength and awareness of change.
The aim of my proposal “to dance our origins” in dance therapy is the enhancement and awareness of the body of the individual-group to increase their communication skills. A body expression proposal that carefully valorizes creativity through its own sensations. Purpose: to bring each individual to discover himself starting from himself, using his body as an instrument.
Through the path developed in different phases, accompany the individual-group to get in touch with their origins. Contact their roots, leaving space for primitiveness, welcoming it, allowing the discovery and exploration of what happens inside and outside of itself. Where you can draw on elements of your imagination and your personal history.
This means that everyone can activate new ways of opening up and relate to the world.
Emotional level: get out of relational isolation. To favor the passage from a passive body to an active body. Expressing emotional areas such as aggression, joy, acceptance, self-confidence, assertiveness. Create occasions in which pleasure and joy are experienced.
Relational level: to promote the sense of belonging to the group. Create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Open a non-verbal communication channel. Facilitate the creation of good communication within the group. Promote emotional expression and exchange with others. Develop listening skills.
It is a meditation guided by music and the music chosen for the theme. You can develop different forms of relaxation: static, moving or lying down. The goal is to get in touch with emotions and find oneself at ease to allow oneself to enjoy one’s relaxation, free the mind and create body-mind well-being.
Every individual is primitive through his own birth. The primitive stands for our origin, life force, our most profound experiences. Freeing the energy through the afro dance. The primitive has a strong emotion-nature relationship, represented by the orishà (the deities). The goal of these dances is to get in touch with their identity, to enhance their strength in relation to nature. When the Afro-Brazilians danced the emotions of oppressions together they felt stronger. From slavery to freedom. From capoeira to samba. Dance emotions create a transformation within oneself, increasing inner potential. A change always passes through the moving body.
Everyone will create their own dance related to the theme. An individual emotional choreography will be born, desired and rich in everyone’s experience until the final phase that is the meeting of everyone with the group. In the creative dance, you can use different material objects: foulards, masks, whistles, musical instruments, rubber bands, fabrics, etc.
It is a dance for all tastes. In the samba, the masculine and the feminine are integrated. Through the history of the samba, they have a connection with the history of all of us because we dance the daily life of our lives. Pains, joy, surprise, and happiness. The first basic step of the samba is to hear! The technique is developed through creative games, the rhythms to create the first contact with the movements involve slowly the whole body growing their confidence in themselves and having fun. Emotion-pleasure and taste are fundamental elements in the samba.
THE SHARING. Everyone takes his time to tell what he lived then verbally shares with the group.