TED’s New York office rises and dances for V-Day

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The TED staff got up to dance this afternoon to celebrate V-Day. This global movement, founded by TED speaker Eve Ensler, turns 15 today and is celebrating with the One Billion Rising campaign — inviting us to stop, dance and rise against violence.

One Billion Rising is dedicated to the 1 in 3 of the world’s 3 million women who have been the victims of violence at some point in their lives. Ensler is calling for a global strike against this staggering statistic. So what does dance have to do with it? Ensler explains in the talk below, given at TEDxWomen 2012. “Dance,” Ensler says, “is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, contagious. It breaks the rules.”

Our office danced to the V-Day anthem “Break the Chain,” as did men and women in communities around the world today. Watch some of the risings now at, and check out our moves below.