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.
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!