Amy Li on Leveraging Technology to Share the Health Benefits of Dancing [VIDEO]

June 27, 2014

9:07 am

One year after having run a marathon and shortly after being offered admission and full scholarship to the highly-competitive Singularity University, Amy Li found herself in a state of absolute despondency. Confusing, particularly for someone of Li’s caliber, whose many successes both within her field of UX and outside her career should qualify her as a happy and highly-spirited person. But, I mean, wouldn’t you respond similarly after being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer?

Luckily for Li, she had a very supportive community that allowed her to not only persevere through her treatments, but also to fight through the associated physical and mental stresses of having to deal with a terminal disease. After conquering the battle with cancer, she was inspired to give back to the community. And the way she did this? Through dance.

According to Li, 77 percent of Americans suffer from physical symptoms and 73 percent from psychological symptoms – all due to stress. She founded Dance4Healing as a way to relieve people from these stresses. She cites the effect that dance can have the overall well-being of people, which is particularly significant for people having to deal with major health conditions such as cancer or Parkinson’s.

In the video below, Li talks about the potential for dance to affect the wellness of people and how Dance4Healing is leveraging technology to make dance available anywhere. Watch it here:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.