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!
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.
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!
Fantastic organization working to help pediatric patients embrace their love of dance even when in the hospital!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This program is amazing!!! I feel so Alive when I dance. Thank you to the founder and teacher for this great experience.
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!
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.
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
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! :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Dancin' Power makes such a difference in the quality of life for hospitalized children! It's a unique and powerful program.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dancin Power, touches the lives of children, parents, staff and teachers in such an incredible and unique way. A way through dance, which is often set to the side as a crucial role in therapeutic settings, but one that has the ability to turn a life around. My work with Dancin Power, has not only effected my own interpersonal grown and transformation, but I have literally been a witness to this change in families and children. Dancin Power, is a very special and wonderful program that brings a smile to the face of someone who often hasn't felt one in a while, which becomes a domino effect of smiles all around. I love this program!
Dancin Power is a wonderful program, that inspires everyone involved or around the magic. As a volunteer, I get to share my love through dancing in the hospital with some of the most incredible little human beings i have ever met. it is a way to lift spirits, in the most natural, energetic and human way possible, through dancing! When you arrive at the hospital, to the point of leaving, it is so obvious the impact Dancin Power has on the kids, the hospital staff and their parents. It creates a time of relief, a sanction to escape into a wonderful moment of dance, music and community. I have seen so many hearts be lifted through Dancin Power, as well as my own. I think this program has an incredible impact, and i would love to see it expand and get more recognition, because it truly is phenomenal.
Vania and her team are doing in valuable work for the precious children whose strength you could never imagine. Those undergoing cancer treatment way too young and survivors of burn incidents Vania is bringing a true gift to them and their families. I have been able to see firsthand The joy and energy that these children in exude because they are part of the Dancin Power program. They deserve a huge voted big knowledge meant and I hope their programs expand far and wide!
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.
I volunteered with Vania ( the founder) one day at Children's Hospital Oakland ( where I am a data analyst) and it was just wonderful. Dance therapy really does make children with mobility issues feel better, laugh and be kids.
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
This is the most amazing group of volunteers I have ever seen! They do not think twice about going into a difficult situation to bring joy to the children they serve. For 1 hr. out of a 24 hr. day, a child is able to forget the pain and sickness they are feeling and just dance and have fun. You can just feel the excitement in the room! It is nice to know there are still people in this world that care enough to give of their time and spread kindness to other people. Dancin Power YOU rock!!! Keep up the fantastic work.
Dancin Power volunteers their time to bring much needed joy into the lives of children who deal with illness and injury. This kind of healing is immeasurable and should be encouraged. It’s a truly great program.
I had the opportunity to play music for one of Dancin Power's classes at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. I never thought I would be playing loud, high energy samba music in the atrium of a large children's hospital, but it worked wonderfully. The class was quite interactive for both the children and adults in attendance! Though little pressure was put on people to participate, most were engaged and visibly having a good time. The class was set up so each person could do as much or as little as they wanted or could do. At one point we went around the room and everyone made up their own dance moves for the whole class to try, which got people creating and laughing. Vania does an excellent job helping people to enjoy the basic pleasures of dance and music, in many different states of capability, age, and enthusiasm.
My name is Mor'gaan I was 13 years old when I started dancing with dancing power during the 8 months that I spent in Children's hospital. I had never took a dance class in my life but thanks to dancing power I not only learned how to do dance i felt empowered enought to Peform 3 dances along with 20 other dancers for a audience of over 200 people at the hospital. It was one of the best days of my life and I will never forget it changed my life forever . Thank you dancing power !!!!!
Dancin Power is a specialized movement and music program that brings dance classes free of charge to hospitalized kids facing chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
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.
Dancin Power is fueled by the love and passion of the volunteers. It is amazing to witness the love of dance and music being shared with patients and families. Dancin Power has the ability to bring kids and their families together in a way that no other program can. The magic that happenes when dance is brought into stressful or otherwise negative situations is truly incredible. The positivity and belief in possibility that Dancin Power has is contagious, and has opened my eyes to what can happen when ideas and dreams are pursued.
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
This is a fantastic nonprofit organization. I volunteered with Dancin Power from 2011-2012 as a dance teacher and assistant. Visiting Children's Hospital Oakland with Dancin Power was one of the best parts of my week. Seeing the children's faces light up once we got moving, or seeing kids start out shy and grow more confident as the class progressed always gave me the "warm fuzzies" and made me look forward to coming back the next week. Witnessing the children reclaim their body to dance and have a good time was incredibly inspiring and just thinking about it makes me miss the being part of the program.
In addition to going to Children's hospital, I also went to Shriner's with Vania. This was an awesome experience because not only did she teach a children's class, she also taught a class for mothers of children in the hospital. The mothers' class was popular and a wonderful outlet and moment of self-care for them. Parents often forget to take time for themselves, and it was great that Vania was willing to give these devoted mothers a some time to let loose.
Overall, I definitely felt my time was well spent there.
Dancin Power is great! It has serve our Oakland patient tremendously, by engaging them in fun activities that they truly enjoy.
I have been fortunate enough to witness first-hand the amazing affect this program has on children in the hospital. I have seen children who were initially withdrawn come out of their shell and flourish through dance and music. I have seen children who previously thought they couldn't do things based on their disabilities or being in a wheelchair be empowered by the modifications Dancin Power was able to make to allow them to move and groove. The children can laugh, smile and get some exercise all at the same time. It's a great program that brings joy to so many hospitalized children and their families.
Dancin Power brings smile, laughter and motivation to our overweight kids who never thought it can be fun to move and be comfortable with your own body. Vania is such a great dance instructor! She makes every child in our Healthy Heart program feel unique and important even when you don't know how to dance or move. Every hospital should have a Dancin Power, but most importantly have an invigorating leader like Vania.
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.
I, personally, am suffering with a brain tumor. I no longer can dance. But, Dancin Power reminded me that I can dance with the movement I do have in my body. I find such joy and strength dancing with the children and the other volunteers, even if we're sitting down, even if we can't raise our arms above our heads. Dancin Power shows us that, yes, we can express ourselves with our bodies even in the midst of our pain and limitations. To feel empowered again in our bodies - even in the midst of the trauma - heals the mind.
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.
Healthy Hearts is an obesity clinic at Children's, and we have had the pleasure of having many of our patients get to experience the magic of Dancin Power. We have been so incredibly impressed with how comfortable kids feel when they are part of a Dancin Power session. We have had family members come up to us afterwards and say how they had never seen their child enjoy dancing before!
Dancin Power helps kids feel comfortable with movement and encourages them that exercise can be fun and makes you feel good to your core. Dancin Power has helped Healthy Hearts kids feel inspired to move and be heatlhy.
Dancin Power is a wonderful organization! They bring such joy to children of all ages. They allow kids to be kids and forget about their illnesses while engaging in dance activities. The level of activity is tailored to the children's physical abilities, leaving no child left out. The dance instructors are really creative and fun! I have participated with Dancin Power as an adult and had so much fun! An amazing organization doing amazing things for amazing children!
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.
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!
The joy of music and movement lifts children from their afflictions to a positive, happy and empowered place.
There are many groups that bring joy and comfort. DancinPower is unique. To see the smiles, determination and happiness on the faces of these children who struggle with illness, disease and injury brings tears and hope to me. Tears seeing the joy on their faces and hope that DancinPower will continue their wonderful service. I will continue to donate and support this valuable group and encourage others to do so,too.
I have had the powerful experience of witnessing the profound effect Dancin Power has on the children at Children's Hospital Oakland. I am proud to be a dance teacher with this organization as I see the affect of kids change instantly when they see us walk into their rooms with our stereo and bright t-shirts, they know it is dance time; and time to forget they are in the hospital. Their room becomes their sanctuary, their stage, their time to dance with Michael Jackson; whatever they are wanting to experience that day we bring it to them through dance and movement. My most powerful moment as a teacher with Dancin Power was dancing with a young boy, age 8, who was residing in the Oncology unit. He was able to stand up out of bed for the first time in a few days when I started the music. We danced to all of his favorite Michael Jackson hits, we moonwalked with our fingers, and ended with his favorite, "Man in the Mirror", I will never forget the peace that came over his face as he closed his eyes, snapped his fingers and sang his little heart out. He was definitely on stage, not a hospital room.
Dancing Power is an amazing organization created by an amazing woman who is clear in her purpose. She uses dance to make sick children feel better. I feel blessed to be a part of Vania's larger dance community and am proud and inspired by what she has created with Dancing Power.
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.