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date: 23 October 2019

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Biodanza for children was developed in Chile by Cecilia Luzzi, from the model of the BIODANZA method, created by Rolando Toro. Stück and Villegas developed evidence-based and structured Biodanza programmes in conjunction with the Ministry of Health in Germany for children in schools and kindergartens. These programmes—TANZPRO-Biodanza—were introduced in twenty-two locations with around 500 children. Each ten-session programme included dance, movement, encounter, and non-verbal communication with music, aimed at two age groups of 4–6 years and 7–12 years. In this chapter, scientific results are shared about the effects of TANZPRO-Biodanza on cortisol, testosterone, Immunoglobulin A (IgA), change in heart frequency, hypersensitivity of the skin, implications for psychology, and autoregulation in children. The results indicate the potential of the programme to reduce stress and enhance social skills in children, providing a first insight into the effects of dance on the responses and modulation of neurohormones in children.

Keywords: evidence-based Biodanza for children, TANZPRO-Biodanza, School of Empathy, Biodanza and modulation of neurohormones, Biodanza and psychological skills, healthy education in kindergarten/pre-school and school

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