November 15, 2012
I began volunteering as a teacher-in-training with Dancin Power a few months ago after meeting the Founder, Vania, and Co-Founder, Sarah by chance after a dance movie. Vania was wearing a Dancin Power shirt and spoke to me about the program with such heartfelt enthusiasm and belief in what they were doing. I walked away from the conversation with a brochure and a deep knowledge in my heart that I wanted to be involved. As a professional dancer and public health professional I was excited about what I could bring into the lives of these children and their families but since volunteering I have found that I am the one rewarded and inspired by the strength and attitudes of the amazing individuals I have met and worked with through Dancin Power. Whether through music, movement, stories in motion or performance, seeing first-hand the smiles and energy of the participants is priceless. Though I have been dancing and teaching for over two decades I cannot say enough about all I have learned through the program and those involved. Vania is an extremely dedicated and capable leader, teacher and trainer. As a volunteer I have appreciated her overall energy, knowledge and approach in how she conducts the program and trains volunteers. She is extremely sensitive to the needs of the children and families we serve as well as our needs as teachers to provide a fun and supportive atmosphere for participants. Vania takes the time to train and nurture the volunteer teachers to work appropriately with the patients' needs in the hospital setting simultaneously allowing them to bring their own unique voices, talents and ideas to the program. I am thankful to be part of this amazing program and encourage people to support Dancin Power in any way they can.
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