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Design for Dance 2015 At Stanford

Join Us at Stanford University on May 7th for D4D!

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About the Conference

In 2015, we will be presenting novel solutions for improving employee wellness and engagement through dance.

We are bringing together a vanguard of industry leaders to teach about the value of dance in the workplace.

Join us on May 7th as we discover the unharnessed potential of dance @ work to improve employee health, collaboration, and more. Encompassing scientific research, educators, and companies currently using dance as part of their workplace, this one-day event is not to be missed.

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About Us

Dance has the potential to promote health and happiness in people of all ages.

Today's options for dancing are too limited. People need new ways to bring dance into their daily lives to reap the physical, mental, and social benefits. We present strategies to move people to action.

Working together, we will discover new solutions for bringing dance into the lives of millions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to catalyze innovation and inspire individuals and companies through dance.

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Who We Are
Founded by
Stanford Behavior Design Lab
Our gathering is for innovators, health organizations, funders, & researchers who see value in getting people to dance more.
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What We Do
Design For Dance Conference
To be clear, our focus is not "why dance?" (that's understood). Instead, we will focus on highlighting practical solutions & near-term opportunities.
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Why We Do It
We Just Love TO DANCE!
Ultimately, our hope is to catalyze a rebirth of dancing in our culture and communities. This gathering at Stanford University is an early step.

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We are accepting sponsorship from companies that would like insight and VIP access to the tools and techniques taught at Design for Dance 2015 - Dance @ Work.

Download our Sponsorship Form for more information.

Email D4D director Robin Zander with questions.

Conference Speakers

Stanford & Design for Dance 2015

We are looking for speakers for our 2015 Conference. If you would like to contribute your knowledge to this amazing event please let us know.

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Design For Dance 2015

Dr. BJ Fogg
Aleta Hayes

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Anna Botelho
Wren Lafeet

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Design For Dance 2015

ODC Workshop
To Be Announced

Stanford's BJ Fogg

How Do We Dance at Work?

Improvements in employee health and engagement have the potential to lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and retain talent within companies.

Yet, physical fitness and other wellness programs are difficult to implement and maintain. It turns out that dance is one of the most efficient methods of getting people moving and physically active. Join us at the forefront of an innovative movement to change work through dance. Design for Dance 2015 will bring together heads of wellness, educators, and dancers to demonstrate specific tools that companies can apply to get companies dancing. Scientific research has shown that we can only get people to do what they already want to do. People want to dance, and at Design for Dance we are sharing opportunities for employees, teams, patients, and clients to Dance @ Work. We invite you to be a part of the movement!

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Dance @ Work 2015

The focus this year is one the benefits of dance in the workplace.

Dance has been shown to improve health, and companies are increasingly looking for new ways to inspire employee wellness. We will also be presenting on dance as a tool for creativity and collaboration within the workplace.

Attendees will leave with with the knowledge of specific strategies of increasing performance within their own companies, which they can implement to increase employee satisfaction and move people to action.

Interested in learning more? Connect with us for more information.

Venue for Design for Dance 2015

Design for Dance will be held in the Fisher Conference Center at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus.

The Alumni Center is a state-of-the-art conference and event facility with unique meeting rooms, an elegant reception hall and beautiful outdoor gardens. Conveniently located near the heart of campus, the Alumni Center is your front door to the Farm.

The ground floor offers nearly 30,000 square feet of space specifically designed for the comfort and enjoyment of our Stanford alumni family and guests.

Convenient parking across the street from the Fisher Conference facility/Alumni Center will be available throughout the conference for registered attendees.

Venue Address

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105


Convenient parking is available right across the street at Galvez Lot (L-96) for $12 a day. A discount code is available to reduce the parking to $8. If you would like to get the code please email Tanna Drapkin in advance.

Contact Information

Alumni Center Information:
(650) 723-2021 or
(800) 786-2586 (toll free)


There is a wide variety of accommodations near Stanford University. There are many in walking distance. Below we've selected a few recommended hotels that are nearby. A more comprehensive list of accommodations can be found here.

This is a very busy time in the Palo Alto area and you are encouraged to book your accommodations now.

If you require special assistance with your accommodations, please email Tanna Drapkin.

The Westin Palo Alto

675 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 321-4422

Rate per night: $289 and up -- plus 12% Occupancy tax and 0.07% California tourism tax The Westin and Sheraton are next door to one another. The Westin is about one mile from the Alumni Center. If you don't have a car, it's a pleasant walk - or you can catch the Marguerite free shuttle to campus at the nearby Town & Country shopping center.

Sheraton Palo Alto

625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-2800

Rate per night: $259 and up -- plus 12% Occupancy tax and 0.07% California tourism tax The Sheraton is about one mile from the Alumni Center. If you don't have a car, it's a pleasant walk - or you can catch the Marguerite free shuttle to campus at the nearby Town & Country shopping center.

Stanford Terrace Inn

531 Stanford Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
800.729.0332 / 650.857.0333

Rate per night: $189 (single) $199-$209 (double) and up --plus 12% Occupancy tax and 0.07% California tourism tax

The Stanford Terrace Inn is about 1.5 miles from the Alumni Center. If you don't have a car, the staff can direct you on how to walk through campus to the Alumni Center - or you can catch the Marguerite free shuttle on to campus nearby.

The Guest House

Stanford Guest House
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park CA 94025-7015
(650) 926-2800

Rate per night: $119 flat rate, parking included

The Guest House is about 3.5 miles from the Alumni Center. There are several free shuttle options to campus and the staff there is very helpful. You can find out about transportation to campus from the Guest House here.

About Stanford

Stanford University is one of the worlds leading research and teaching institutions. It is located in Palo Alto, California, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco.

Major Airports

Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO), San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). We suggest comparing fares to all three airports, as there can be significant differences, even for the same airline.

Choosing Airports Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Although San Francisco is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose's smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Learning More About the Airport Options Helpful information about each airport, including all transportation options, is available at the Web site. Public transportation alternatives are listed on the Stanford Parking and Transportation Services Airport Transportation Web site.

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