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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Vania is a truly inspired individual. She works incredibly hard for this organization and is completely dedicated to its success. I have seen the inspirational atmosphere she creates in every Hospital room she enters. The volunteers are also amazing and really work well with kids and families. This is a truly enthused group with great intentions and hugely passionate hearts.