4th annual Design for Dance conference



Proudly co-presented by ODC Theater

April 28 & 29 2016 – San Francisco


Founded at Stanford University, Design for Dance brings together a vanguard of industry leaders to design for dance, wellness, and workplace fulfillment. Join us as we discover the unharnessed potential of dance to improve health, collaboration, and more. Encompassing scientific research, education, and corporate benefits to dance, this conference is not to be missed.

Our Presenters

Our mission is to catalyze innovation and inspire progress through dance

David Leventhal

Director Dance for PD®
Mark Morris Dance Group

Anna Botelho

Founder of Google Dance

Sydney Skybetter

Artist in Residence
Brown University

Robin Zander

Design for Dance

John Michael Schert

Artist in Residence
Chicago Booth School of Business

Jenny Sauer-Klein

Co-Founder, AcroYoga
Founder, POP

Aleta Hayes

Stanford University
Dance Dept. & d.school

Darlene Edgley

Instant Recess
President & CEO

Kendra Shimmell

Managing Director,

Chris McCarthy

Co-founder, Kaiser Innovation Consultancy

Priya Sheth

Design Manager

Kim Nicol

Meditation Teacher
HR, Fact0ryX

Christy Bolingbroke

Deputy Director for Advancement

Emily Wanserski

Studio Manager at 5D Global Studio

Keira Chang

Executive Director, Kate Weare Company

David Ngo

Behavior Design, Mindfulness, VR

Deborah Cohan, M.D.

Dancing in the O.R.

Steven Eisenberg, M.D.

The Singing Oncologist
The Dr. Steven Show

Katherine Hill

Co-founder Oak & Reeds

LeeAnn Mallorie

Founder & CEO, Leading in Motion

Dance in Technology

Join us at the forefront of an innovative movement to change everyday life through dance.

In 2016 we will explore the intersection of dance and technology. We bring together leaders in technology, educators, and dancers to discover and demonstrate specific tools that apply to everyday life.

This year’s Design for Dance conference is proudly co-presented in San Francisco by ODC Theater.

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 in a fun and stress free environment.  We invite you to be a part of the movement!


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Annoucing: POP Workshop


Play On Purpose:

Thursday night April 28th,  7-9pm
with Jenny Sauer-Klein, Daniela Plattner & Blake Brandes


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The Agenda

Play on Purpose Workshop

Thursday night April 28th,  7-9pm

Jenny Sauer-Klein

Play on Purpose is a special evening program to get to know fellow attendees and celebrate the Design for Dance community. Also open to the public if you want to invite friends. This event is not included in conference tuition, you must register separately. Space is limited. Please register below.

“Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein

Join us for an engaging out-of-the-box experience that induces a flow state ideal for innovation, and transforms strangers into community. Using embodied play as a metaphor, you will learn skills to help you thrive in the unknown, feel safe to explore new ideas, and make the collaborative process faster, easier and definitely more fun. In this highly experiential workshop, participants will find new levels of connection and creativity, stimulating insights that can be applied directly to improving collaborative relationships. 

Join us!