Dancin Power

Rating: 5 stars   67 reviews

Address:

P.O. Box 11454 Oakland CA 94611 USA

Mission:

Dancin Power's mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of hospitalized children’s lives by inspiring self-expression through movement-based creative expression, music and dance!

Results:

Dancin Power has improved the lives of over 11,000 hospitalized children and families since it is inception. Benefits of Dancin Power: Help kids cope with emotions, sadness and fears. Help improve recovery time. Help kids get out of room to prevent further illnesses caused by long period of bed rest, such as pulmonary diseases and other illnesses.

Target demographics:

sick hospitalized kids

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Dancin Power served over 1,149 patients and families in 2014.

Geographic areas served:

Dancin Power program impacts the lives of children from Northern California who are served at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital — Oakland & San Francisco, CA - Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Northern California - Sacramento, CA - George Mark Children's House, S. Leandro, CA - Children's Hospital Orange County "CHOC" — Orange County, CA

Programs:

Dancin Power Workshops Locations & Schedule: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital — Oakland, CA Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Day Hospital/ Infusion Center — Oakland Campus Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program — Oakland Campus *1st & 3rd Tuesdays at the OPC Fridays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Inpatient Building - School Program and private bedside lessons as requested. Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Day Hospital/ Infusion Center — Oakland Campus George Mark Children's House — San Leandro, CA Mondays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Mostly private 1:1 bedside lessons. Children's Hospital Orange County — Orange County, CA Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm — Inpatient Building Playrooms Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Northern California - Sacramento, CA Special Programming scheduled for November and December 2015, due to the hospital's high demand of holidays visitors. Please check with Shriners Hospital's Child Life/Recreational Therapy Department for Dancin Power's workshop schedule.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Danicin power is a wonderful program to bring dance to healing children. Dance changes physiology, quality of life and heals. I congratulate Dancin power for being one the best dance healing programs in the world.
Michael Samuels, M.D
director Art as a healing Force

 
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On my travels in San Francisco exploring the dance scene, studying with Anna Halprin and volunteering with dancin power, their friendly teachers and participants show passion and enthusiasm for dance it's a joy to witness and be part of their charity. As a mover and community dance practitioner I understand the necessity of movement in anyone's life, especially when they are unwell, and dancin power are an incredibly talented charity reaching more and more children everyday. I wish them every success in their projects and future projects to come. Well done! :)

 
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Dancin' Power provides our hospitalized patients with an empowering dance experience. It's enjoyed by patients and parents alike. It's unlike any group that comes to visit our kids and we are so lucky to have them come.

 
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To fully experience the impact Dancin Power has on hospitalized children is powerful. Watching children feel empowered in the bodies that have caused them pain in a manner that allows them to feel joy in movement again is a meaningful experience. As a Board Member I am proud to support Dancin Power's goal to help more children cope with medical experiences.

 
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Dancin Power arrives with an upbeat can-do attitude that sets the tone for the interaction. Patients and their families are engaged and taken on a journey of movement along with Vania. Physical limitations are forgotten as people of all ages and abilties are swept into the joy that is "dance"! Patients who may be self conscience forget their concerns. Patients who have been afraid to move because of pain find their fears were unfounded. Children who have always loved to dance find they can still do so no matter what their limitations are at the moment. We only wish they could be here every day!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

What an amazing video...the joy this organization brings to sick children is so inspirational. Music in the hospitals for ill children brings them life, and movement is what they need to forget about the pain. As a music teacher for 30 years, I know the power of movement and music in everyone's lives, but for sick children, this is beautiful!
Marcia S, Portland OR

 
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Dancin' Power is a fun and therapeutic outlet for many of the patients I work with at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. All ages and ability levels can enjoy the music, movement, creativity, and comaraderie! I hope to continue to work with Miss Vania and Dancin' Power in the future.
-Sara, speech therapist

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Dancin Power has been a wonderful addition to the School Program in our hospital. Dancin Power staff have been able to work with kids that have various physical challenges. They have always found a way to empower the children to participate in movement activities. Kids can work from their wheelchairs or their beds and move in whatever manner works best for them. Once Dancin Power facilitated a movement session for a paraplegic child in which she was able to dance her hands to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star from her bed.
They have contributed a great deal to helping children have a positive sense of self-esteem and body image. Staff's gentle and warm approach has been a great success. This is a favorite hospital activity for many of our students.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Dancin Power transforms young lives with music and movement. I've known Vania professionally and personally for many years and Dancin Power is her passion, her joy, her life's work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I saw firsthand the transformative power that this programs brings to children who are hospitalized. The energy, positivity and accepting attitude that Dancin Power brings to these kids is almost magical. A wonderful program that all children should have the opportunity to experience!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it nationwide!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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My first 'class' with Vania was in the corridor of Childrens Hospital Oakland about 4 yrs ago, with a girl who had serious asthma and another who was in a wheelchair. In 3 wods, it was wonderful! With Vania's help and huge smiles on their faces, the girls moved their arms and legs to the salsa beat. We laughed at our antics and encouraged passerbys to join in the fun. Vania's loving, generous heart and warm spirit continue to follow her in her great work. The world really needs her vision and I hope it never fades.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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