Uniting people through dance

2019-09-24 06:00
Becht told the participants that dancing has the ability to unite people.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Becht told the participants that dancing has the ability to unite people.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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When people move and dance together, a sense of unity is created.

This was the aim of a community dance session held by Move It in collaboration with the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Salesian Life Choices in Lansdowne on Tuesday 17 September.

People from different backgrounds attended the first mini Biodanza community dance session titled “Meet and Move” at the Salesian Life Choices premises.

Move It was started more than 50 years ago in South America and has since spread across the world.

It is a movement that facilitates dance-related community events to spread the message of positivity and movement.

Annelize Becht, a qualified Biodanza facilitator, organised the session.

Becht said she approached Life Choices about the idea of hosting the dance session because she believes dancing has the ability to unite people.

When Life Choices gave her proposal a thumbs up, she was elated. She said once people start moving and dancing, positive energy is released – something desperately needed in a country currently overwhelmed by negativity.

“The aim is to get people to dance and get to know one another, focusing on positivity. It is also about healing the community and to rather focus on what unites us than what divides us,” she explained.

According to her, the session was the first in the area and she hopes it will expand and be extended to other areas too.

“My dream is to get all communities working together,” she said.

She was disappointed with the turnout though and said she hoped more people would come to the next session.

Speaking on behalf of Life Choices, Nthaks Maema said they feel proud to be part of such an initiative.

She said the NGO always seeks different ways of healing, be it for the staff members or for their beneficiaries. She said they use different methods to achieve that and made mention of music and dance.

She added the timing of the event could not be better as social cohesion is “drastically needed” by communities.

“This is a perfect way for us to connect, bond and have fun in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

“The more we connect, the more we find solutions to issues that we have,” Maema explained. While sessions have no stipulated cover charge, she encouraged people to make a donation.V For more information about the sessions, call Annelize Becht on 082 924 3871.

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