The word DIDANSA comes from Bahasa Indonesia (Marjolein’s roots are from Java, Indonesia) and is constructed from two words. DANSA, which means dance. And DI which is the only prefix existing to indicate location, and indeed all locations. For me, the words together stand for that dance IS everywhere. In front of you, next to you, behind you, above you, under you, in you and around you.
Through movement, dance and arts, DIDANSA can help in achieving and improving physical and mental health, vitality, wellbeing, life purpose, embodiment, personal growth through greater awareness, reflection, nourishment, as well as an integration of physical and emotional layers. This can result in a healthy body and mind that is able to experience fun, pleasure and an enhanced spiritual zest for Life.
DIDANSA offers ways to learn, improve and stimulate personal growth and become a more free, authentic and loving being. DIDANSA organises classes, workshops, retreats and events for you to explore movement, expression, and creativity through conscious dance, 5Rhythms, Sacred Dance, meditation & other arts forms.
DIDANSA stands for being connected, alive, creative, joyful, playful, powerful & authentic. Are you a dancer, a music lover, an artist, on a path of personal growth? Are you looking for a healthy lifestyle, a heart community and freedom on a physical, mental or spiritual level? Are you open to receiving and learning about awareness, mindfulness and consciousness? Are you ready to explore and deepen the dance, ourselves, others and the Tribe?
Then DIDANSA is for You!
Sacred Circle Dance, also known as Sacred Circle Dance, activates, moves, connects, purifies, heals and makes people happy. This is not a dance form that has status according to society but a form of movement that arises from within yourself. A dance form that softens and opens the heart. Sacred Dance teaches how to be a student, a companion as our own mastery. How to be focused and grounded on our own, learn how to be vulnerable and ready to open and make connections with another, the spirit and the universe in overview and freedom.
In Sacred Dance the dance teacher demonstrates the movements and the participants follow. The steps and arm movements are easy to learn and are repeated repetitively until the end of the music piece. After a while the dancer doesn’t have to think about the steps anymore and can experience what the movement, music and the group is showing. The dances range from gentle to energetic, the dance can be an uplifting group experience, or part of a meditation. The dances can be connected by holding hands.
Bernard Wosien, born in Polen 1908, was a German Ballet master, choreographer and professor of expression education and dance. Wosien is the founder of the modern form of Sacred Dance and was assisted by his daughter, Maria-Gabriele Wosien.
In 1976, Wosien introduced his dance form at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and from there many other places.. He used both traditional dances and his own choreography to develop “group awareness”. Many teachers all over the world are still teaching dances made by Bernard’s, other teachers and creating new ones.
Dance in healthcare
The workshop always starts with exercises for loosening the body. Then we move and dance together to the rhythm of the music. In the workshop, in addition to the atmosphere and energy of the group and of the day, the possibilities of each participant are taken into account. With the help of volunteers, we invite all participants to exercise, with or without a wheelchair or walker. One can also only watch from a chair. The workshops are suitable for everyone and can be danced by all age groups. Dance experience is absolutely not a requirement. The dances range from subdued and reflective to expressive and joyful, and are carefully and safely guided. All dances are set to inspiring music from all over the world. The music styles are also very diverse, from classical to contemporary, and from religious to folkloric. This dance style is called, among other things, Sacred Dance. “
What do the participants learn?
• Dances and music from all over the world.
• Looking at what a body with limitations can still do.
• Relying on the body’s memory.
• Pleasure in dance and movement.
• Letting go of stress, mental and physical tension.
• Soothing and comfort in emotional processes.
• Active relaxation, calming, relaxing and energising.
- Mr.D.v.Doorn: “You use muscles that you would otherwise leave behind. Fantastic, I want to come back”.
- Mrs.R.Schram: “Beautiful music to rhythm. My body feels lighter. I am away from everything for a while”.
- Mrs. Doorn: “Beautiful gestures, like a bow. Beautiful music, it gives me peace”.
- Mr.H.Blankendaal: “Magnificent, nice and cosy. It gives me comfort”.
Why is Dance in Healthcare so Important?
The power of this dance form goes beyond fit and form and is difficult to explain with words. The more often one dances their dance, the more powerful the effect.
Studies have shown that positive changes occur in the brain when one makes harmonic movements to music and even at the sight of it. It has an effect at physical, mental and soul level.
Please see RESOURCES (link) to read some of the articles.
The circle of participants and the repetition of steps and movements create peace in both body and mind. At a certain moment you no longer have to think about the dance steps, so that you can experience and feel what happens to yourself, as well as to the group. This is where the dancing really starts, anything can happen and not just physically. This experience is an artistic endeavour which is different for everyone. This dance practice provides the opportunity to be with yourself and with others but also allows others to dance their dance by giving them the space to do so.
This circle, in which everyone is equal, can give a strong connection with the other and with yourself. It is not about the performance but about experiencing the dance.
With Sacred Dance you can experience what the simplicity in movements and steps does to you. It is “so much more” than an activity.
Collaboration with a psychologist or spiritual care is possible, if available at the homes.
Results of Dance in Care noted by Spiritual Caregiver Teresa Takken and Psychologist Hans Laro van Westerhout in Alkmaar:
https://www.mantelzorgnieuwsbrief.nl/geestelijk-verzorger-biedt-luisterend-oor-familias-september-2020 (Dutch website)
- Improvement of psychomotor behaviour.
- Provides rhythmic, melodic relaxation.
- The kinetic melody serves well in recovery with regard to stroke eg; Beauty of music, relaxation.
- Assists and catalyses in balancing emotion, mind and body, where the presence of Mental Care or psychologist can be good to be able to receive participants who want to start a conversation about, for example: the grieving process; life questions, meaning, philosophical questions, experience of pain, acceptance of grief, handicap, limitations, etc….
What makes Marjolein’s workshops unique:
• Good variety of styles and energy of dancing.
• Unity in diversity
• Relaxing effort.
• Awareness of posture and the use of the body, expression and feeling.
• Attention is paid to aspects such as togetherness and cooperation, giving and receiving, as well as non-verbal communication.
With a clear, calm explanation and a conversational approach, Marjolein gives a caring lesson where there is room for fun, silence, enjoyment, and most of all to dance.
For further inquiry and interest please contact Marjolein directly.
We know by now that dance is fun and makes us feel great. But why?
There are many articles and research out there about what dance actually does in our body, physically, mentally and spiritually. Here some of them:
Benefits of Dance
- Dancing makes you smarter: https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm
- Research shows that dance movement training may be superior to repetitive physical exercise to counteract the effects of ageing on the brain. Here is the link: Dance training is superior to repetitive physical exercise in inducing brain plasticity in the elderly
- This research by Kathrin Rehfeld et Al from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Germany. They created a six-month-long dance program for 38 participants (ages 63-80 y.o). And they found that dancing, compared to regular physical activity showed pronounced differences in brain volume in different areas of the brain like the cingulate cortex, insula. The interesting thing about this research is that only dancing showed an increased level of plasma Brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and its clinical implications – PMC
- Decreased levels of BDNF are related to diseases with neuronal loss such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. Thus, increased levels of BDNF may be useful in the prevention or management of these diseases.
There is scientific evidence from the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute that shows how dance can reduce stress, help you feel good, improve your brain functioning in tasks related to executive function, memory and spatial awareness. https://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute.
- TED TALK By Federico Bitti on Dystonia, Rewiring the brain through movement and dance: Dystonia. Rewiring the brain through movement and dance | Federico Bitti | TEDxNapoli
- Why Dancing is Good for Your Brain: Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain? | Psychology Today United Kingdom
- Here is an article by Marko Punkanen, PhD who is a dance movement therapist and trauma psychotherapist. He explains how “body movement, being fundamental to the perception and production of emotion” should be considered as an approach utilised in the treatment of depression. Emotions in Motion: Depression in Dance-Movement and Dance-Movement in Treatment of Depression | The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing
- From the journal Frontiers in Psychology explaining that Dance Movement Therapy is an effective intervention in the treatment of adults with depression. Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Adults With Depression: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses – PMC
- Research from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that dancing may improve memory and may be associated with the reduced risk of dementia. Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly | NEJM
Reducing Pain, Stimulating good health & Feeling Good:
- Article about dancing helps increase flexibility which can help reduce joint pain and feeling sore in the body after exercise. 9 Reasons Dancing Is Good for Your Health
- “Dance like your Doctor is Watching: It’s Great for Your Mind and Your Body” Video: https://time.com/5484237/dancing-health-benefits/
- New Research: Why do humans dance? Why Do Humans Dance? New Research Fellowship Explores the Evolution and Neuroscience of Dance
- Dance promotes release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, described by researcher Radha Agrawal at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of Berkeley as D.O.S.E. D= Dopamine, O- Oxytocin, S= Serotonin, E= Endorphin. Read more: DAYBREAKER+
- Ted Talks: Dance as Therapy by Natalia Duong from Stanford: Dance As Therapy: Natalia Duong at TEDxStanford
- Read more about the 5Rhythms® and founder Gabrielle Roth, visit the website: www.5rhythms.com.
- Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms Facebook Page: Gabrielle Roth: The Point of Dance Is Embodiment
- For books, music, accessories and awesome clothes,visit www.ravenrecording.com
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_Roth
- Releases of three Practice Video (Sound True) The Waves dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cYYzcTzm6Y , Power Wave Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyhs2mNLgyA, The Inner Wave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx6XBiE8NAM
- Video Gabrielle Roth by Life changing Encounters (30min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApDyOZKNbk
- Gabrielle Roth talking about the 5 Rhythms practice by Omega (2 min each): Gabrielle Roth: Retrieve Your Soul Through Dance, Gabrielle Roth: The Point of Dance Is Embodiment
- Gabrielle Roth at the Breath of Life Conference, London 2009(90min)