Dancin Power

Rating: 5 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 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 improves the lives of over 1050 hospitalized children each year. 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 serves over 1050 patients and families per year.
Geographic areas served: Dancin Power program impacts the lives of children from all Northern California who are served at Children's Hospital Oakland and Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California - Sacramento.
Programs: Current Programs: Weekly classes and one-on-one bedside sessions: Children’s Hospital Oakland – Oakland, CA Special classes: Shriners Hospital for Children – Sacramento, CA
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Make it nationwide!

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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.

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Dancin Power is to put it simply... a blessing! I have had the great pleasure of observing and participating in this amazing program. Vania and her dedicated and talented team provide such a valuable service to our community of kids at CHRCO; an opportunity to be transported through world music, fun movements, and engage with other kids (and sometimes their caregivers). it's so wonderfully healing to the human spirit while going through some of the darkest hours these kids and families will ever face. Thanks so very much Vania - for your passion and selfless attitude!! Cheers to Dancin Power!

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I saw Dancin Power (DP) way back when it started and am so proud and pleased to see how it grows today! DP serves so many patients, siblings, and families who so desperately need to feel normal, to feel alive and to feel worthwhile. Watching people participate in DP programs you watch magic come to life. People forget their pain, their stress, their worries for a period of time and are transformed into a person, living in their body, breathing, moving, dancing, laughing, smiling. They are beautifully, simply, perfectly ALIVE! They continue to bring community together with music and movement and are an empowering force, brining people and patients the highest quality of life possible. Thank you Dancin Power for all you do!

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Dancin Power has empowered many children and family members dealing with disease and stresses associated with hospitalization. Under Vania's leadership, patients are introduced to dance within the medical setting. She has been able to accommodate children with all kinds of mobility challenges and does so with grace and respect for each child. She works around IV poles, wheelchairs, paraplegia and pain to help kids be able to move in a way that is supportive to the medical plan as well as therapeutic to the child. The end result is that everyone around is vicariously uplifted. It is not uncommon to see a nurse pop in to a Dancin Power session and sway to the beat! This is such a powerful medium and one that is incredibly uplifting to everyone involved. Encore! Encore!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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