Studies show numerous health benefits resulting from dance. Did you know? Dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76%, cardiovascular death by 46%, improves balance by 50%, prevents falling, improves muscle strength, lowers stress, and reduces pain. Research also shows that hand/finger exercises increase motor skills, brain communication efficiency, coordination, and timing. The benefits of dance are continuously being researched and proven to be an effective therapy that cultivates wellness and meaningful social bonds.
Our product is designed to change behaviors in positive ways. We practice empathy-driven behavior design, and are mentored by David Kelley, Dennis Boyle, and BJ Fogg. Based on Fogg’s Behavior Model, we increase ability by offering dance videos recorded from our in person classes, and enable 24/7 access. We create effective behavior triggers, and put hot triggers in front of motivated people through AI informed buddy matching. Research shows people perform better in a group, but really excel with a buddy.
"Dance4Healing's Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program got me moving and feeling positive and hopeful that my body and mind would return healed and ready to live fully. I felt happier after classes and my depression lessened."
"When I was in chemotherapy I was this whole week just waiting for the time to go to Dance4Healing. No matter how miserable I felt or how much my joints would hurt I know everything would disappear while I was dancing in such a supportive environment. Dance4Healing has had such a big impact in my life that I have continued dancing after the program finished. I have enrolled to ballroom dance, zumba, and bollywood dancing. Now dancing has become a part of my life that keeps me engaged, healthy, and happy. I wish programs like Dance4Healing were offered to all people."
- Meri G
"When I first came, I said 'OK, I will give it a try. Sounds like a good program.' But I didn't expect it to be so great. It's so creative,
I think the most amazing thing is that I met a group of people. We are open-minded, we want to try new things to help us. And we take actions, we are not just sitting there.
We are determined to help each other. We are brave I think, and we dare to express ourselves even though we know we are not the best dancers in the world. We are so fortunate
to have all the amazing teachers, you really made a difference in our lives."
- June L
"Dance4Healing came into my life when I was afraid because of pending cancer diagnosis. I participated in Dance4Healing and that ‘old happy feeling’
started to come back. The dancing raised the endorphins and gave me a ‘happy boost.’ Being with others who had experienced similar medical challenges
was a support system in the making. Also the art and sharing we did at the end of each session made me feel accepted. I could go on! Looking forward
each week to my next Dance4Healing get-together, was what kept me going. A regular dance class would not have had the same effect. I needed to
be with those going through the same thing. Also my finances were limited and the class was offered at ‘no cost’ Thank you Amy and Stanford for what
you did and do for us. I couldn’t have faced the medical challenge and kept my spirits up without you."
- Joan C
"Last year January I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, the lump was found by my OB and I had a lumpectomy in March of last year, went through
chemo and radiation, and finished my radiation last year September and I am now a cancer survivor, trying to learn a little bit about myself, and keep some
stress away from my life, do some dancing, and some support with the community. Joining Dance4Healing program has been amazing. I love my time
with amazing and loving people, and It’s been a great healing journey. The bond we have made with each other, and the bond through dance has been
- Fiona D
"Before dance, I spent a lot of time outside my body, disassociate from the body that betrayed me. But I miss her, my body, I miss feeling
powerful, confident, beautiful and healthy. I came to the dance as a way to reconnect with her. Everyday she and I can become one, and I can trust her once
again. Accept the things she can do, and forgive the things she couldn’t. And we can fall in love with each other again."
- Deann A
"In 2014, I was under chemo treatment for my breast cancer. It was from a fellow patient that I learned of Dance4Healing. After reading the flyer, I signed
up right away though it took a couple of months for it to start. The program was very unique. We learned to dance from very caring and compassionate
dance professional and with people who were going through similar ordeals. We danced, laughed and shared our treatment experiences. At the meantime
we were getting the physical exercise we need to get stronger and healthier. This program nutures our body and mind at the time when we feel most
vulnerable and isolated. I would strongly recommend this program to people who are going through health challenges. I would sincerely hope that the
medical professionals realize the value of this program that brings to their patients."
- Grace L
Amy Li founded Dance4Healing months after she conquered Stage IV cancer. As a graduate of Singularity University, she sought to leverage exponential technology and her expertise in behavior design to make a difference in the lives of others who may be in similar challenging situations.
Dance4Healing's first program started as a cancer care project with the Stanford Supportive Care Program. During this phase Dance4Healing was so clinically successful that the decision was made to expand the company’s scope to include both eldercare and chronic patients.
Dance4Healing has partnered with Dance for PD, The American Heart Association, and AARP, among others in order to cater to this wider demographic. Its technology and impact has been praised by patients and physicians alike, and has been featured at conferences like SXSW, Health 2.0, HXR, HTF. D4H has won over 15 awards, such as Stanford Medicine X Healthcare Design Award, First Runner Up and Top 5 Semifinalist Worldwide for Pfizer's Advancing Care for mBC Patients Challenge. Its technology continues to be refined through many iterations and hackathons.
Dance4Healing is launching new programs with OnLok, a major eldercare provider in California, and University AME in East Palo Alto in 2018, and is continuing to refine our product as leading idea in openIDEO's Caregiving Challenge. Follow along and join the conversation here!