What should I wear to the class?
You should wear something comfortable and loose like maybe a tracksuit bottom and T-shirt. Classes are normally bare foot. Avoid using hard shoes, trainers or socks (unless with sole grip), but soft dancing shoes are welcome. Avoid long or tight dresses, long skirts, watches and big jewelry.
I can't dance…!
No problem: anyone who can move can participate. The exercises are based on simple movements, some more energetic, some softer. The are no steps to follow and the class is non-competitive. If you have a specific disability, injury or illness, phone or inform the facilitator in advance of the class and s/he will advise you. Our suggestion is: "You do what you can do and you don't do what you can'".
Will I have to talk?
We have a brief introductory talk at the beginning of each class. During the class we recommend not to talk, as our aim is to do all the talking "through our bodies".
Am I too old?
The workshops accept all kind of people from 18 to 100 years old. If you suffer any kind of medical condition, please ask your doctor if this class is suitable for you and please inform your teacher in advance of the class of any particular or serious medical condition you may have.
How big is the group?
The groups are mixed and go from a range of 5 participants to around 25-40. There are no limitations in the quantity and they may only exist related to the type of workshop, the venue and any particular characteristic of the group.
Who is a beginners class appropriate for?
It is a workshop appropriate for people without or brief previous experience in movement and dance. If you haven't done Vital Development® before (or a similar system), or if you have attended dance workshops for less than 2-3 months on a regular basis you may consider yourself a beginner.
Can I arrive late for or leave the class early?
We suggest you to arrive in time and do all the exercises from the very beginning, as this will help you warm up your muscles in a progressive way with the rest of the group. Because the Vivencia is a total experience from the beginning to the end, we would suggest the participants not to arrive late or leave the Vivencia early, unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. If you need to get out of the class for any reason, please do so quietly, respecting the atmosphere of the class. We also recommend not to leave the Vivencia for a long while.
Should I take all the workshops proposed in the program?
If you wish to do that it may be a wonderful trip. Saying this we can add that self regulation and care of your body and emotions are escential part of Vital Development®. So enjoy the experience, the venue, the group and take care with love of the most important thing you have: yourself.
Is Vital Development® rooted or based in art science and philosophy ?
It may be called "the art of healing enjoyment and well-being". We induce dances movements and exercises that open us to different kind of what are called "positive emotions" and have the consequence of releasing specific hormones and neurotransmitters. In this way we can find a physiological support basis in the method.
The exercises are carefully selected and delivered to the participants and have direct effects improving wellbeing, relaxation, stress releasing, softening of the "rings of tension and bodily armours", and fluidity in our movements (A. Lowen).
The effect of the music is taken from the researches and experiences of Don Campbell (Mozart Effect).
Other philosophical, psychological, scientific and artistic inputs had been taken from the many branches of what we can generally call the "embodied mind" approach, taking care of the intellectual input of thinkers and researchers like Jean Merleau Ponty, Fritjof Capra, Carl Gustav Jung, Claudio Naranjo, David Bohm, Alberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Moshe Feldenkrais, Gerda Alexander, Mircea Eliade,Rene Spitz, Harry Harlow, Alejandro Jodorowsky Wilhelm Dilthey, Jean Houston, Daniel Goleman, Dalai Lama,Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Mirtha Schinnini, Eduardo Keller Sarmiento, Rolando Toro, Bruce Lipton, Alexander Lowen, Antonio Damasio, Emmanuel Kant, Karl Rogers, Osho, William Blake, Georges Gurdjieff, Roland Barthes, Peter Ouspensky, Emmanuel Levinas, Theodor Adorno, Ekhart Tolle, Siddhartha Gautama, Jean Paul Sarte, Richard Stevens, Bernedict de Spinoza, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Rita Carter, Edmund Husserl, Michel Imberty, Masaru Emoto and Deepak Chopra, among others .
Zero tolerance policy
With the aim to preserve the highest possible standards of well being and respect among all members of Vital Development / VitalDanza workshops, seminars and Training courses, the Schools have a ZERO tolerance policy towards aggressive, offensive, disruptive participants and students. Being this expressed in a particular behaviour, attitude or in written through letters, e-mails, website contents, flyers, articles, or any other form of printed or electronic media. In any of the cases mentioned above the School authorities and/or ViDA Directors will respond accordingly.