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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2 people found this review helpful

One Dancin Power session can transform a room of hospital patients into a room of joyful, playful children again. The work that Dancin Power does is so powerful and inclusive; bed-ridden children can benefit from the music and even moving hands along to the beat. I've never come across a program like it.

 
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Dancin Power transforms hospital rooms into joyful places where kids can be kids again -- supplementing their physical care with the spirited atmosphere that helps them heal. Even a bed-ridden child can listen to music and move his or her arms to the beat -- helping create the sense of community and ability that is so important for anyone coping with chronic illness, burns or disfigurements. The term transformative is really the only way to describe the energy in a room before vs. after a Dancin Power class.

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Dancin Power brings music, dance and movement to chronically ill children staying in hospitals. These things are so basic to the lives of healthy children that it’s easy to take them for granted, but exactly why Dancin Power makes such an incredible impact in the lives of hospitalized children and their families. Vania has adapted moves so that even wheelchair and bed-ridden children can move their arms and heads to the music.

Vania’s hospital classes are transformative – I’ve witnessed gatherings of sick, shy children, along with their visiting siblings and parents, become playful, laughing kids and families again. The children look forward to the dance classes all week – a chance to feel ‘normal’ again – and parents clamor to find out when Vania will return. It takes an incredible amount of administration, organization and dedication to provide these classes in a hospital setting, and Vania leads her organization in such a passionate and professional manner – with the goal of training new teachers and expanding availability of her classes – I hope that more people can support Dancin Power’s amazing work in our community hospitals.

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2012

 
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I am thrilled to be part of Dancin Power because of the tremendous service it provides to sick, injured, and hospitalized children. There is simply nothing more uplifting and inspirational than seeing those small faces ignite with the joy of dancing during their stay in an otherwise frightening, painful, and sad place. Dancin Power gives those kids an artistic outlet for their emotions during an extremely trying time and provides them with vital respite. Dancin Power fosters a sense of normalcy and a feeling of health through specially tailored dance moves that are within every child's reach. I am proud to be on Dancin Power's board of directors and work toward its essential mission.

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

Expand it!

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Dancin Power gives sick and injured children the chance to feel normal and just be children for a while. When the music starts, it's clear that they're able to let go of worries and pain and actually feel good in their bodies. It's truly a transformative experience for the children and their families. During the classes, there is so much positivity, joy, and hope that it spills over to everyone around, even the hospital staff walking by. I am very honored to be a board member for Dancin Power and to have been part of the organization from the start as a teacher and volunteer. This organization has had a powerful impact on thousands of young people. Here's to many more years of uplifting thousands more.

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

Have more teachers and give more classes to reach even more sick and injured children!

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Dancin Power is a superb organization that brings expressive arts and movement to an often overlooked segment of the population: hospitalized children and their families. The volunteers are passionate and caring, but also fun and enthusiastic--a perfect mix. It is clear to me that lives are being changed for the better and I hope that many more will be positively affected by Dancin Power as the organization grows!

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I am a firm believer in the power of dance and expressive arts, and Dancin' Power provides a positive affirmation of this. This is a phenomenal organization that is affecting individual lives in very tangible ways. Vania is a wonderful leader with a genuine interest in helping others, especially those who are unable to help themselves. Her vision for Dancin' Power is something we all can, and should, get behind!

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Dancin Power is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings dance and music to young patients at Oakland Children's Hospital, and beyond. But more than that, it's brings huge heart and soul, and much needed joy to the families and all involved. Vania Deonizio, the founder, is a selfless and passionate leader who has managed to put this programming together on a shoestring, with the help of friends, family, and volunteers. Brava to her, and to all her helpers and supporters.

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I am a pediatric physiastrist at Children’s Hospital Oakland. I witness first hand the positive effects of Dancin Power on the quality of life of my hospitalized patients. The kids love it and beam with joy during the classes. Their success in learning dance moves carries over to their performance in their intensive physical/occupational/speech therapy sessions. I am fortunate to be on the board of an organization that has such an ineffable presence in my workplace.

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Vania is a truly inspired individual. She works incredibly hard for this organization and is completely dedicated to its success. I have seen the inspirational atmosphere she creates in every Hospital room she enters. The volunteers are also amazing and really work well with kids and families. This is a truly enthused group with great intentions and hugely passionate hearts.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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