Amanda's amazing story!
We first met Amanda at Children’s Hospital Oakland when she was 6 years old and had been battling against brain cancer. She stayed at the hospital for months at a time, undergoing many cancer treatments including several bone marrow transplants. The minute we started playing music at the oncology-isolated playroom, she became inspired to learn the dance movements Dancin Power brought to share. It was the beginning of a long journey, and she shared many steps of the way with us. Every day she looked forward to her special dance time. It was the time she felt just like any girl who was doing something familiar with her sister Karla and her mom Maria. Amanda is now cancer free with a lifetime of dreams and dancing ahead of her.
On the left: Amanda, now cancer free, dancing at a school festival. The video below: Amanda taking a Dancin Power workshop at the cancer unit playroom at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Oakland.
Meet one of our most dedicated students, Isabel!
Meet Isabel, one of Dancin Power's most dedicated students as she takes the stage to perform to one of her favorite songs by Selena Gomez. This is the first time she is performing after becoming paralyzed. We are SO proud of her courage, determination and positive energy! For over 10 years Isabel has been going to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland once a week, where she receives a life-saving medication to treat Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) a genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes. Ever since we met Isabel she has been always very positive and inspiring. She doesn't allow her condition to take away her passion for dance and her joy of living. To us, she is a super star! To learn more about Dancin Power 's in-hospitals dance program, please visit us at www.DancinPower.org
Nathaly's Journey Back to Dance
In the video below, Nathaly's mother shared with Dancin Power the way she felt when she saw her daughter, who is a double amputee, smiling and dancing during Dancin Power's special class at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, CA.
Caroline's Experience with Dancin Power
Caroline was 19 months old when she took her first Dancin Power class. She loved it! She laid in her wagon, clapping her hands and smiling as she listened to the music and watched the dancing. It seemed very calming and enjoyable for her. Her aunt Kathy told us, "Thank you Dancin Power for providing some happy time for Caroline during this hard time while she is in the hospital."
This photo was taken after Dancin Power workshop at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital - Palo Alto, CA.
From left to right: Vania Deonizio - Dancin Power's founder, Caroline (the patient), and her aunt Kathy.