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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

20 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!

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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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.

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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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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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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.

3 Writer

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Anna Marie A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Hayley O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power is to put it simply... a blessing! I have had the great pleasure of observing and participating in this amazing program. Vania and her dedicated and talented team provide such a valuable service to our community of kids at CHRCO; an opportunity to be transported through world music, fun movements, and engage with other kids (and sometimes their caregivers). it's so wonderfully healing to the human spirit while going through some of the darkest hours these kids and families will ever face. Thanks so very much Vania - for your passion and selfless attitude!! Cheers to Dancin Power!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I saw Dancin Power (DP) way back when it started and am so proud and pleased to see how it grows today! DP serves so many patients, siblings, and families who so desperately need to feel normal, to feel alive and to feel worthwhile. Watching people participate in DP programs you watch magic come to life. People forget their pain, their stress, their worries for a period of time and are transformed into a person, living in their body, breathing, moving, dancing, laughing, smiling. They are beautifully, simply, perfectly ALIVE! They continue to bring community together with music and movement and are an empowering force, brining people and patients the highest quality of life possible. Thank you Dancin Power for all you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dancin Power has empowered many children and family members dealing with disease and stresses associated with hospitalization. Under Vania's leadership, patients are introduced to dance within the medical setting. She has been able to accommodate children with all kinds of mobility challenges and does so with grace and respect for each child. She works around IV poles, wheelchairs, paraplegia and pain to help kids be able to move in a way that is supportive to the medical plan as well as therapeutic to the child. The end result is that everyone around is vicariously uplifted. It is not uncommon to see a nurse pop in to a Dancin Power session and sway to the beat! This is such a powerful medium and one that is incredibly uplifting to everyone involved. Encore! Encore!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization Soccer Without Borders has worked with Dancin Power for the past two summers in Oakland and San Jose, CA where Dancin Power teachers have led amazing dance workshops with our youth during the Oakland and San Jose Refugee Community Soccer Camps. Dancin Power staff injected a tremendous amount of positive, warm energy into the camp and gave many of the kids a chance to express themselves and learn new dance moves while building community. The founder Vania is an amazing person bringing the joy of dance and movement to kids who truly need it.