Word is that we have gotten Stanford’s attention!
No-posts-in-the-dance-studio update: Thank you everyone for your show of support. Within one day of mentioning this problem, over a dozen friends offered to contribute toward the solution, then friends of friends further spread the word.
But ideally, Stanford itself should prioritize a more functional dance studio, i.e., without metal posts in the middle. It now seems that this will likely happen.
Yesterday I exchanged several e-mails with the key people in the Dance Division and Drama Department, telling them about this support from concerned dancers, and it looks like it has already made a difference. Dance and Drama asked us to hold back and wait a week or so (i.e., no fundraising just yet), so they can talk to those making the final decisions. Apparently this interest, from the dancers themselves, will likely convince Development that this is an important issue. So between Stanford prioritizing a post-less studio (now the most likely outcome), and our dance community coming through if Stanford doesn’t, it looks like they will choose the construction plan without posts. Yay! I’ll let you know if we end up needing your contributions, but so far it looks like your offers alone are solving the problem.
So, if you haven’t contacted Stanford Dance and Drama to let them know how you feel about the posts, please do so asap! I’m working on finding a contact phone/email other than just the Roble front desk, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let us know!
Keep watching this space for updates.