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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have patients who benefited greatly both physical flexibility and strength and mental relaxation fro Dancinpower. I hope more children can benefit from program expansion outside the Bay Area.

 
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I am so honored to be a member of the board for this wonderful nonprofit! The passion in which they teach their classes to bring joy to the children is truly inspiring. I am grateful to be part of this organization!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've seen first hand, the amazing work Dancin Power does with hospitalized children. Some of that feeling is captured on video, you have to see on Dancin Power website.

They also work well with hospital staff, especially Child Life Specialists, who are some of their greatest supporters.

I think so highly of Dancin Power that I volunteer as a board member.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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4 people found this review helpful

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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Dancin Power is a unique and inclusive program that enables sick and injured kids in hospitals to feel the joy of dancing and artistic expression despite their illnesses and injuries. As a board member, teacher, and volunteer, I have seen Dancin Power transform the sadness on little faces into beaming and giggling playfulness, restoring the children back to their natural states. I've also seen entire families uplifted by the experience because they are welcome to participate with their little ones. In this way, Dancin Power is able to provide an oasis to both children and their families in the otherwise scary, sterile, and uncertain place of the hospital. I'm proud to have been part of Dancin Power from its inception and am excited to continue supporting the program so that one day, all sick and injured kids will have a chance to experience Dancin Power.

 
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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!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have seen the joy first hand that Dancin Power (DP) brings to children and families. The hospital environment can be scary and overwhelming. The DP program brings a lightness and opportunity for expression that is liberating for children and their families. I was eager to join not only as a teacher but as a board member in order to support this amazing organization. The founder Vania is an amazing tireless advocate for the children and I am excited to be a part of it!

 
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I have been a volunteer dance instructor with the Dancin Power program for the past 4 years. Vania's enthusiasm and dedication to the program and it's mission inspired me tremendously and I knew I wanted to be involved. Vania is always patient focused, wanting the best experience for the kids but at the same time concerned that the volunteers have the support that is needed when caring for a vulnerable population. With her passion and endless energy she has grown this program from a one woman organization to a 501c3 with a committed board of directors, many volunteers, and multiple program locations. This is a great organization to be a part of!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I am extremely honored to be part of Dancin Power as a board member. Seeing the progress the organization has made since day one, and its positive impact in the lives of over 11,000 hospitalized children and their families for all these years, to now, nearly 10 years later, makes me proud and grateful. I am committed to use the power of music and dance to continue to empower and inspire children who are facing life-threatening illnesses and need support and encouragement to face their battles.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Dancin' Power makes such a difference in the quality of life for hospitalized children! It's a unique and powerful program.

 
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5 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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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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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!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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