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Dancin Power

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

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 15,000 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 helped improve the quality of life of over 15,000 hospitalized children and families since its inception.

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.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power offers such a unique and valuable service! As a pediatric nurse, I see firsthand how hard it is for patients living with a chronic illness. Dancin Power provides physical and emotional benefits to my patients, and they have so much fun doing it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Vania Deonizio, the founder of Dancin Power has an amazing ability to energize some of the sickest and saddest children through dance and movement. She gets them moving no matter what their ability is, and they feel great as a result. the children love her and look forward to her charming presence.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dancin Power is an amazing organization run by a passionate and fearless leader Vania D. It was Vania's love of dance and compassion for children and families that helped her spurn this non-profit that seeks to provide a positive experience to children who are hospitalized and/or receiving hospice care. Dancin Power teachers visit children's hospitals throughout California, provide dance and wellness education to children, and bringing a bit of joy into their lives with fun and uplifting music and movement designed for all types of physical abilities. In addition to the health benefits the children also receive individual costumes, as well as stickers and t-shirts. Kids (and their family members) often leave class with their spirits lifted, and a little more hope with another class to look forward to. It truly is an amazing non-profit!

pennyllees

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization working to help pediatric patients embrace their love of dance even when in the hospital!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dancin Power brings joy to patients and their families coping with difficult healthcare experiences! Each child is celebrated as an individual and included to their fullest potential.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing program for my patients at Children's Hospital Oakland. Builds confidence, happiness, flexibility, and is fun!! This makes every visit better for my patients.

Sarah Reiwitch

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former Dancin Power teacher and current board member, I've witnessed the huge positive impact Dancin Power makes on hospitalized children and their families. Dancin Power gives all hospitalized children, regardless of their medical condition, the chance to express themselves through movement and music. I've seen hospitalized children who were initially sad and scared have their moods transformed through Dancin Power's special adaptive classes. By the end of class, they're smiling, giggling, and looking completely uplifted. Through Dancin Power, they transform from sick or injured patients back into fun-loving children. I've been proud to support this innovative organization with its effective and wonderfully compassionate mission since its inception a decade ago. I look forward to continuing to helping it grow and increasing its impact for decades to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My peer shares about Dacin Power and inspires me to get involved. The expressive arts are so powerful, and Dacin power is transforming the lives of these children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work Dancin Power does with hospitalized kids is unique and necessary. No other organization that I'm aware of gives kids in treatment such an important opportunity to express themselves physically, through movement and personal connection to music.

1 Bebe Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dancin Power is an amazing organization for hospitalized children of all capibilities, utilizing dance and music to help bring healing and joy. It teaches children about dance from all over the world, and not only promote physical healing, but emotional healing as well!!! Please help support this amazing and unique non for profit for our littlest and most important patients!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Vania, the founder, has an amazing story herself which culminated in her selfless effort to bring joy to kids in hospitals. She knows suffering, which is why it’s commendable that she has transformed it into a force for good in the world. Dancin Power brings kids and families a reason to smile in such dire circumstances and all because of the selflessness and empathy of a woman who has beat all odds herself.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power was a wonderful addition to our event at the hospital. The children loved their program and enjoyed having dancing as an activity. The staff at Dancin Power were great and went above & beyond to help the children.

2 DancinDroid

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Dancin Power for several years it gives me great pride and joy to be involved in such a wonderful organization! This is a cause I believe everybody can get behind that serves some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. It's amazing to see the transformations that can occur when dance and arts enter the lives of these young people and their families. I'm very excited for Dancin Power and the direction it will be moving in the years to come!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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2 Tracey31

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Dancin' Power since its inception. The compassion and passion of its founder is contagious. The effects on the children is marvelous. Seeing these kids move and smile in some of the toughest phases of their lives is really beyond words.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power is a beautiful program, giving hospitalized children a chance to move and feel like children! I enjoyed working with this program and seeing the faces of children light up when it was time to dance. Providing free dance classes to children in hospitals is truly a gift. I saw firsthand how wonderfully it impacted the child, their family and their nursing staff as they all came together through dance to have fun and connect with each other.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has been an incredible asset to our patients at CHOC Children's! Their generosity has provided hours of fun, movement and excitement. We can't thank them enough for sharing their time and talents to inspire and encourage our kids.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power is amazing! Their staff are able to adapt to the varied abilities of our patients, due to their ability to assess what our patients CAN do and play on those strengths. They also work well with our family members and staff-bringing dance and music to all.
It is so great to see patients that are fairly unresponsive, "light up" and interact with the Dancin Power staff. Everyone looks forward to their weekly visit and we wish they could come more often!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has been such a great addition to the range of activities that we offer at George Mark Children's House. Their sensitivity to the needs of our patients and families, ability to adapt to working with children of a variety of ages and abilities and enthusiasm for their work, far exceeded by expectations!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past 10 years this inspiring non-profit has provided dance programs to hospitalized children. As a board member and staff member at one of the hospitals served I see first hand the impact this program had had. I believe every children's hospital should have a similar program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has been providing dance experiences for pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff Hospital Oakland for many years.
It is a high point for the children each week.
Movement sessions are tailored to the needs and abilities of these young dancers. Whether they have I.V.s, wheelchairs, or other physical challenges, the staff from Dancin Power always creates a meaningful encounter in which every child is able to contribute. For some of our patients, Dancin Power has been one of the most powerful vehicles for encouraging self-expression. It has been quite transformational and we are grateful for their involvement.

3 Kevin136

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has been helping hospitalized children for 10 years now and Vania has been the driving force. She now has well trained facilitators who are able to use music and dance to get children moving and smiling, when just minutes before they were sad or in pain. Its not a miracle, it is the power of music combined with the enthusiasm of the Dancin Power team! Highly recommend support of this non profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing!!! I feel so Alive when I dance. Thank you to the founder and teacher for this great experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a bit dubious about Dancin Power until I had the opportunity to join them at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and saw them in action -- they are amazing! Not only did they bring joy to the patients that they worked with, their sense of inclusion of the whole family was fantastic. The healing power of music, of movement and of a break from the medical environment cannot be measured -- but it it immense!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mary I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dancin Power brings adaptive activity into medical facilities as part of the healing process. The energy and enthusiasm of their volunteer instructors engages patients and helps them to smile and forget the struggles of medical treatments. Everytime I see photos and videos of the children participating in dance, I smile too. Please support the great work Dancin Power does for patients and the community they serve.

1 Alicia53

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dancing power is a such beautiful, inspiring, heart touching and important project for the sick kids inside hospitals!
This project promotes hope, healing and happiness to the kids and their families ♡ Renata B.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Vania_Deonizio

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3 araeke

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dancin Power brings together patients and their families with joy, creativity and inspiration. Young patients are given the opportunity to move, dance and express themselves with music within the hospital setting.Vania Deonizio is the brilliant guiding force behind Dancin Power. Vania is joined by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer dance teachers. We are trained and supported personally by Vania, and given the tools to best serve our participants. A dance class is specially created to give kids a fun and rewarding class, while increasing their self-esteem in an encouraging environment.
I am a volunteer dance teacher with Dancin Power, and am so grateful to have found this incredibly worthwhile nonprofit organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has been a tremendous source of joy for children who desperately need it. Driven by Vania's energy and passion to help others, Dancin Power also reaches the hearts of others in the community. I am proud to support this great non-profit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great example of a grass roots nonprofit that accomplishes so much with such a great impact on the lives of a vulnerable population, extremely ill children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dancin Power touches the lives of sick & injured children every day. Their volunteers inspire hospitalized children to express themselves through dance & movement, and in doing so bring so much positive energy and much-needed joy to the children and families that they serve. Their tireless work is both instructional and therapeutic. They teach the children to be in touch with their bodies and comfortable in their own skin while at the same time offering them an irreplaceable escape from their strenuous and painful circumstances.

Dancin Power is a truly inspirational organization that provides an invaluable service to the beloved children that it serves.