Medicine, Movement and Dance Program
“To heal and inspire through movement and dance”
The Medicine, Movement and Dance program promotes wellbeing and creativity through inclusive movement programs. We explore the many intersections between medicine and movement — including the dance traditions of our diverse communities — to enrich the lives of Stanford Medicine patients, learners, faculty and staff.
We sponsor two types of programs:
- Participatory programs for our extended Stanford community
- Exposure programs that honor the dance/movement traditions of the many cultures within our community
This program was started in late 2022, and we are currently building our programming. Current projects include:
- Physical Listening: a course for Stanford premedical students and health professionals on how we can use principles of embodied practices
- Heritage Dance Series: a performance series honoring the dance and movement traditions from many cultures.
- Patient Movement programs: several programs for patients that utilize dance and movement principles to improve their physical health and well-being. For instance, working with Special Olympics, Axis Dance and other groups to bring programming to our patients
We are actively collaborating with Axis Dance, Stanford TAPS (Department of Theater and Performance Studies), and have planned partnerships with the San Francisco Ballet and the Special Olympics.
Questions? Want to get involved?
Dr. Srinivasan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University
Nadia is a Spanish multidisciplinary award-wining artist with spinal cord injury and is currently the Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company in the Bay Area.
AXIS Dance Company
AXIS is one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. AXIS was founded in 1987 and creates world-class productions that challenge perceptions and redefine dance and disability.
Dr. Shumsky is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and a Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) Fellow.
Alex is a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department. In 2020, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in the United States recognizing individuals "who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Karina is the Program Manager for Education at Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE).
Christy is the Program Coordinator for the Medical Humanities and Arts Program (Medicine & the Muse).