Keynote Speaker | Artist | Psychotherapist l Activist
VANIA is a dancer, choreographer, and activist for cultural change fighting for hospitals to treat humans as individuals who benefit from having access to creative and expressive arts during hospitalization.
Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised throughout Brazil, Vania founded Dancin Power in the spring of 2006, while living in the United States. Thanks to her passion and determination, today, more 18,941 hospitalized children and their families at eight children’s hospitals across the United States have been positively impacted by the power of music, movement, mindfulness, and dance.
After years of seeing the practical impact of her work, she decided to delve into the academic perspective and pursue a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. Vania has been featured by NBC, NowThis, and The Huffington Post, where a video of her work went viral, garnering the attention of millions of viewers worldwide. She has been awarded the Front Line Scholar Award from TEDMED and was recently named by the British Medical Journal as their International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2018’s Artist-in-Health Resident.
After leaving Brazil on her late twenties, Vania and her only son, Reydrick found in Oakland, California a place they now call home.
Vania’s keynotes have been inspiring and moving audiences in the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia.
"In tears as I listen to keynote speaker Vania Deonizio share her incredible story of grit, perseverance, and dedication and how it led her to her life's calling". –Angelo Lima, IHI
WORK IN ACTION
Over a decade ago, Vania founded Dancin Power, a nonprofit organization that teaches 100% free of charge adapted dance lessons to hospitalized children to improve their quality of life.
Inspired to offer the same life-changing adapted dance lessons to people of all ages who live with disabilities, Vania spearheaded and launched a new Dancin Power (DP) campaign Dance is For Everybody.
A special t-shirt was designed for the campaign, where the proceeds help raise awareness and support dance programs that provide adapted dance lessons to both children and adults living with visible and invisible disabilities.
Our beating heart is our natural rhythm.
We are all born dancers
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